Acupuncture as a form of treatment for a variety of medical problems has been used widely and successfully in China for thousands of years. This type of acupuncture usually falls in the category of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM).

However since the 1970's, acupuncture has become more familiar and common place in North America for treatment of many types of injuries to the body such as sprains, strains, sports injuries, headaches from whiplash, osteoarthritis and other types of physical trauma. This Western culture approach is usually referred to as Anatomical acupuncture.

The Acupuncture Foundation of Canada Institute (AFCI ) is a well known and respected educational organization that trains most of the physiotherapists in Canada (as well as many medical doctors, nurses, dentists and chiropractors) who use an anatomical approach to acupuncture.

In very simple terms, this anatomical approach uses the traditional acupuncture points on the body to help decrease inflammation, pain, muscle spasm and tightness in order to increase mobility and reduce recovery time from an injury or other physical problems.