Anatomical Acupuncture

Acupuncture is the stimulation, by insertion of needles, of specific points on the body which have the ability to alter various biochemical and physiological conditions. Acupuncture stimulates the release of endorphins, which are the body’s natural pain-relieving neurohormones. The technique affects the functioning of the hormonal system, promotes a decrease in inflammation, increased circulation, and relief from pain. Therapeutic effects include: pain relief, increased energy, improved mood, and improved function.

Physiotherapists use Traditional Chinese Medicine points while treating from an anatomical basis. The needles are directed at areas of pain to enhance the effect of treatments. Common conditions treated with acupuncture include: cervicogenic headaches, concussion/whiplash, chronic pain, low back pain, frozen shoulder, osteoarthritis, and plantar fasciitis.

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Rhonda Cooper graduated from the Masters of Physiotherapy program at UBC in 2006, with an undergrad in dance from Simon Fraser University.

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Rhonda Cooper graduated from the Masters of Physiotherapy program at UBC in 2006, with an undergrad in dance from Simon Fraser University. She has since completed her FCAMPT diploma through the Orthopaedic Division of the Canadian Physiotherapy Association, studied the Integrated Systems Model with Dr. Linda Joy Lee and Diane Lee, and completed her acupuncture certification through the Acupuncture Foundation of Canada Institute.

Rhonda has been instructing physiotherapists in advanced manual therapy techniques as a teaching assistant with the Orthopaedic Division of the CPA for the past 2 years. She has also recently instructed contemporary dance technique class at Simon Fraser University, allowing her to integrate her scientific based knowledge of human biomechanics with the art form of dance.

Having recently completed a qualitative research project investigating injury prevention and excellence in dance with funding through the Canada Council for the Arts, Rhonda is continuing to build her a scientific knowledge base for working with dance artists.

Rhonda sees her role as a physiotherapist is to facilitate the body’s natural healing process. Thorough assessment, client education, mindful exercises and modalities (such as manual therapy and acupuncture) are her approaches to treatment.

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