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Contemporary Medical Acupuncture treatment

Medical Acupuncture

Are you experiencing weakness or muscle atrophy? Feel like you’ve tried just about everything and anything and still don’t have the desired results? If you haven’t tried medical acupuncture, book your appointment today with Dr. Maria Davidovic. You will undergo an initial assessment to determine what the source of your ailment is and a customized treatment will be presented to you.

Contemporary medical acupuncture is a precise peripheral nerve stimulation technique, whereby fine solid needles are inserted into neuro-reactive sites and stimulated manually or with electricity for the therapeutic purpose of modulating abnormal activity of the nervous system and/or of its associated effectors, i.e. the endocrine, exocrine and immune system. It is used for the treatment of acute and chronic musculoskeletal pain and visceral pain.

The acupuncture needles used are very thin, and often hardly felt or a little sharp pinch may be felt. Treatment is always performed within your comfort level. The electro-acupuncture part is performed to stimulate the nerves that innervate the weak muscles to help bridge that connection again. Acupuncture along with instrument assisted-soft- tissue-mobilization (IASTM) may help, especially if the source of nerve impingement is due to some scar tissue in muscle that is preventing you from healing. Check out my Graston blog to learn more about IASTM aka. Graston Technique.


If you’d like to arrange your acupuncture visit with Dr. Maria Davidovic, please email or call 416-906-0767.

Spring 2012 – What is Graston Technique?

What is Graston Technique®?

It’s a patented form of instrument assisted soft tissue mobilization (IAST) which allows clinicians to effectively detect and treat scar tissue & restrictions. It is grounded in the works of Dr. James Cyriax, an Orthopedic surgeon.

What is the Technique used for?

Graston Technique breaks down collagen cross links, splays and stretches connective tissue and muscle fibers, increases skin temperature, helps alter reflex changes in chronic muscle holding patterns, increases the rate and amount of blood flow to and from the area, increases cellular activity (fibroblasts and mast cells), and increases histamine response (secondary to mast cell activity).

What is Scar tissue?

It is damaged tissue which heals in a haphazard pattern (scarring) that results in a restricted range of motion. It can cause pain which prevents the return to optimal functioning prior to injury.

How are the instruments used?

  • The tools are used to help the clinician detect adhesions/scar tissue/or restrictions in the tissues.
  • Break up the scar tissue to be absorbed by the body.

Minor discomfort during treatment and some bruising may occur after, which is a normal response and part of the healing process.

Who uses Graston Technique?

  • Hospital based outpatient facilities
  • Onsite treatment in Indiana University and University of Michigan
  • NBA, NHL and Major league Baseball trainers
  • Chiropractors

The technique is equally effective in restoring function in acute and chronic injuries, pre and post-surgical intervention.

Spring 2012 Newsletter – What is Graston Technique