WHAT IS ACUPUNCTURE?
Acupuncture is an excellent adjunct to your treatment program. Acupuncture has been used for thousands of years in Eastern and Western medicine to help people eliminate pain, improve circulation, accelerate recovery, and decrease stress.
Acupuncture involves inserting extremely thin needles into the skin, muscles and tissues to alleviate pain and have an affect on the nervous system. The needles are placed in specific points around the body that directly or indirectly affect the area where the treatment focus is.
Common conditions that acupuncture can help with:
Low back pain
Stress and anxiety
WHAT CAN I EXPECT TO FEEL DURING AND AFTER AN ACUPUNCTURE SESSION?
During your session your treating therapist or doctor will explain in detail exactly where the needles will be inserted for your issue and the rationale behind that placement.
The needles are so thin that when they penetrate the skin you may feel a brief prick, but often as they enter you will feel nothing at all. However, it is common with problem areas to feel a heaviness, dull ache, or warmth in the area when the needle is inserted.
After the session you may feel an immediate release of tension and a reduction in pain or stress depending on your unique session goals. Because the sessions can be very relaxing, it is common that you may feel a bit tired afterwards or extremely relaxed, similar to the feeling after a great massage - you will likely sleep well that night.
WHO DOES ACUPUNCTURE?
We currently have 5 practitioners who are certified to provide acupuncture: Chiropractors Dr. Merrill Ong and, Dr. Sid Lisser, Naturopath Dr. Sandy Huynh, Physiotherapist Colby Bucci, and Registered Massage Therapist Haiyan Li.
Please note: Our therapists are trained and able to provide acupuncture, but are not certified Acupuncturist. Therefor, treatments done in our clinic can not be billed under "Acupuncturist" insurance plans. They can be billed under physiotherapy, chiropractic, registered massage therapy, or naturopathy coverage, depending on who performed your treatment.