About Acupuncture

Acupuncture is a safe and effective treatment for a wide range of conditions. It works with the body’s own resources and has very few side effects. This makes it safe for almost all patients, regardless of concurrent health conditions, including children, seniors and pregnant women.

Acupuncture involves the insertion of fine, single use needles into strategic points to initiate change in the body. Because acupuncture relies on the connections in your body, the points may not always be directly in the problem area. Your acupuncturist may also use a combination of needles and other modalities such as cupping, gua sha (manual muscle work), electro acupuncture or ear acupuncture.

As with all therapies, acupuncture will often require a course of several treatments to resolve an issue. Each patient will require an individual timeline, but an average “course of treatment” is generally between 6-10 treatments, with improvement starting within the first few sessions. Women’s health complaints are often assessed over a minimum of three cycles. Chronic conditions will often require a longer treatment time, but usually after an initial course of treatment a
maintenance plan can be established.

What does Acupuncture treat?

  • Pain: Musculo-Skeletal conditions, Low Back Pain, Sciatica, Frozen Shoulder, Tennis Elbow, Sports Injuries, MVA and Whiplash Disorders, Arthritis, Neurological Pain, Consequences of Stroke
  • Headaches and Migraines
  • Women’s Health: Fertility Issues, Menstrual Pain and Irregularities, Menopause, Pregnancy Symptoms, Birth Prep and Inductions, Threatened Miscarriage
  • Stress/Emotional issues: Daily Stress, Trauma, Anxiety, Depression, Insomnia, Grief,Addictions
  • Ear, Nose and Throat: Common Colds, Sore Throats, Sinusitis, Seasonal Allergies, Asthma, Tinnitus, Tooth and Jaw Pain
  • Digestion: Indigestion, Acid reflux, Constipation/Diarrhea, Problems with Appetite
  • Skin and dermatological conditions

What to Expect From a Treatment?

When you come in for your acupuncture treatment you can expect to spend the first few minutes talking. We will talk about your history and your symptoms and how acupuncture will help. I will also take your pulse and examine your tongue- these are important diagnostic tools in Chinese Medicine. Then I’ll propose a course of treatment to you and explain which points I am going to use. The needles are very fine and one use only, so they’re safe and sterile and virtually painless to insert. I may also explain and use a few other techniques like Cupping(suction), Gua Sha(manual muscle work), Ear acupuncture or Electro acupuncture. After that, I leave you to rest and and let the needles do their work.