Neurofunctional Medical Acupuncture, also know as Contemporary

Acupuncture, takes an ancient therapy and re-defines its mechanisms

and effects using present-day scientific understanding of human

physiology. While this at first glance may look strikingly similar to

traditional Chinese acupuncture, it's  Small thin needles are
inserted into various points in the body, including hands, feet and

scalp, and left in place for a period of time before removal.

Considerable differences exist between Contemporary

Acupuncture theory and the traditional Chinese approach. In

contemporary acupuncture, your practitioner (physician,

physiotherapist, chiropractor etc.) treats you only after a conventional

medical/neuro-functional diagnosis has been made. The practitioner

will use acupuncture as a treatment modality along with other

therapeutic approaches, as needed.


The contemporary acupuncture practitioner applies treatment following a conventional (scientific) view and regards the acupuncture as having certain local tissue effects as well as providing segmental analgesia, extra-segmental analgesia, as well as central regulatory effects on the nervous system. In contrast, a traditional Chinese acupuncturist makes a diagnosis in terms of complex theories regarding disturbance in the body’s balance that needs to be corrected with needles. These imbalances will often be characterized by excess or deficiency with respect to what are considered the five elements, water, fire, earth, metal and wood. Traditional Chinese acupuncturists subscribe to the theory that certain points in the body are characterized by each of the five elements.

Neurofunctional Medical Acupuncture

Our Medical Acupuncture Providers

Dr. Chad Wilson BSc ART DC

Doctor of Chiropractic

Shelagh Haynes MSc PT 
Registered Physiotherapist

Graham Beaton BHSc ND

Doctor of Naturopathic


Allyson Moore BSc PT

Registered Physiotherapist

Karen Boyle MSc PT

Registered Physiotherapist

Roma Czop MSc PT

Registered Physiotherapist

Kelsey Drew BSc PT

Registered Physiotherapist

102 Lewis Street, Ottawa ON

Tel: 613-230-7891