Acupuncture for Pain Relief
Help Stop Pain with Natural Methods
A drug-free approach to relief from chronic and acute pain with strategies to strengthen and nourish the body.
How Does Acupuncture Help with Pain?
- Headaches and Migraines
- Chronic and acute back pain
- Neck and shoulder pain
- Sports injury
- Menstrual pain
- TMJ disorder
There are many theories as to how acupuncture works for pain relief, from both a holistic traditional perspective and modern, evidence based research. It is a safe, non-toxic alternative to pain medication.
HELPS INCREASE CIRCULATION
Acupuncture helps to enhance the flow of fresh blood to an area – thereby increasing the flow of oxygen and fresh nutrients. This helps to speed up the healing process by flushing out waste products, toxins and stagnant blood.
HELPS REDUCE INFLAMMATION
Acupuncture helps to regulate our body’s natural inflammatory signals if they are over-reacting. It does this by helping us get a better handle on stress, relieving muscle tension, increasing circulation and helping strengthen our immune system.
ENCOURAGES PRODUCTION OF ENDORPHINS
Studies have suggested that needling acupuncture points can help the body produce endorphins (the body’s “Happy Hormones”). These hormones help our bodies reduce pain, relieve stress and give us a natural boost.
RELIEVES MUSCLE TENSION
Acupuncture is very effective in helping with pain due to muscle tension by accessing trigger points in muscles. When stimulated by acupuncture needles, your muscles release and pain and tension can be relieved. Pain can be a multi-faceted issue, and acupuncture is safe and effective for both chronic and acute pain conditions.
STIMULATES PARASYMPATHETIC RESPONSE
Acupuncture helps us achieve a desired “rest and digest” mode, which is the time during which our body naturally re-sets and re-generates. In this mode your body is able to restore itself and start to heal.
Frequently Asked Questions
How long does it take to see results?
Each person’s situation is unique but most of our clients start to see noticeable changes after the first visit and implementing some simple changes. We want to foster fast results and lasting changes, so treatment plan schedules can vary for each person who comes in. We do not want you to be coming in forever – the ultimate goal is give you the tools to keep yourself well.
Does Acupuncture hurt?
Your practitioner is trained in gentle yet very effective acupuncture techniques. We want to keep you comfortable and most of the time you will not even feel the needle at all. Acupuncture needles may sometimes elicit a slight momentary sensation, if any at all. This is usually followed by a feeling of relaxation. The area being needled may also feel slightly heavy, tingly or warm. These are some of the unique sensations that indicate that energy is being activated in the acupuncture point.
Where do the needles go?
Acupuncture needles may be applied at various points on the body – it depends on the overall goal of each treatment. We usually will put a few needles distally (hands and feet), as well as at other parts of the body which may include face, head (including ears), back or torso. For most treatments there will be a few acupuncture needles around the abdominal area. If your reason for coming in is for a pelvic or pubic pain issue – please rest assured we never put needles in the pubic areas.
Is Acupuncture covered by my insurance?
At this time Acupuncture is not covered by OHIP, but is covered by many private health care plans. We provide a Registered Acupuncturist receipt for insurance purposes.
Check with your provider to see if Acupuncture by a Registered Acupuncturist (R.Ac) is covered in your extended benefits plan. If it isn’t covered and you would like it to be – inquire with your company about how to add it. Most benefit plans are based on consumer demand, so if more customers ask for acupuncture coverage this can make a difference as to what types of therapies will be covered by your insurance plan in the future. Treatments by a Registered Acupuncturist (R.Ac) may also be claimed as a medical expense in Ontario.