Reduces muscular tension, improves circulation, and restores neuromuscular function. Acupuncture has an effect on both your physical and mental wellness.
What is Acupuncture?
Acupuncture is used as a treatment for a variety of musculoskeletal, neurological, visceral, systemic, and psychosomatic conditions.
It originates from within the practice of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), involving the stimulation of meridian points on the body using thin metallic needles, which modulate the body's flow of energy or "Qi". Qi is responsible for the body's overall health.
What makes acupuncture so mysterious is that even though it has been used to treat disease for thousands of years, its physical mechanisms have not yet been understood. Practitioners of TCM in the early 1900s recognized this issue, and a conscious effort was made to not focus on the physical mechanisms, but to instead focus on its application towards the treatment of disease. Although this may seem like a dilemma, past technology may not have been able to explain the effects of acupuncture, while advances in modern technology have brought us closer to understanding how acupuncture works. Explanations involving stimulation of the central nervous system have been proposed, and recent studies have attempted to show meridian pathways on the human body using fluorescent dyes.
Robert Yu-Sheng Tan is our licensed acupuncturist who is accepting insurance.
He can treat the following conditions with acupuncture:
-Nausea caused by surgical anesthesia and cancer chemotherapy
-Dental pain after surgery
-Low back pain
-Carpal tunnel syndrome
-Recovery from injury/surgery
-Improving immune health
Addressing concerns you may have prior to acupuncture treatment
Does it hurt?
Because the acupuncture needles that we use are much thinner than a hypodermic needle, there is normally minimal pain. Patients mostly report a numb or tingling sensation at the site of needle insertion. Often the anticipation of pain will cause more discomfort than the actual needles, so it is important to relax.
Can I shower or eat after the treatment?
Yes. In most cases there are no contraindications after the treatment, and in exceptional cases we would inform patients on an individual basis.
What type of responses will my body feel after acupuncture?
Some of the more common responses that patients feel after acupuncture treatment include:
-Often a feeling of relaxed tension or pain relief in the problem area. For example, when treating migraines, it is normal to feel relaxation and relief in the head area shortly after needles are inserted.
-Slightly looser stools a day or two after the treatment, especially when clearing heat from the body.
-Dizziness or sweating for a short time, often during the treatment, followed by pain relief. This often occurs when treating bodily pain issues.
Do you accept insurance?
Yes, we are fully licensed in the province of Ontario. Depending on your insurance plan, we will directly bill your insurance company, or provide you with an invoice to submit to insurance for reimbursement.