What is Acupuncture?
Acupuncture is the most common component of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). It is an effective form of medical treatment that has been practiced for thousands of years. It promotes natural healing and encourages one’s body to restore its natural balance. Acupuncture is a safe, comfortable form of treatment that addresses a wide variety of medical conditions.
Pain Relief – Acupuncture
The world health organization officially recognizes and recommends the use of acupuncture in treating over 100 conditions
How does acupuncture work?
In Chinese medicine philosophy all injury, illness and conditions come down to an imbalance or improper functioning of organ systems and their corresponding meridians. By activating specific points over the body, we aim to bring the body back into balance and restore proper function. acupuncture corrects bodily functions that are caught in a state of dysfunction.
What can acupuncture treat?
- Any type of pain
- Headaches and migraines
- Stress, depression and anxiety
- Digestive disorders
- Allergies, sinusitis and common cold
- Fertility, pregnancy and labour induction
- Irregular menstruation
- And much more…
Healthcare with Heart
At Six08 Health we believe that a patient’s needs are best met through the use of a team-based approach and our acupuncture department is no different. Our acupuncture team consists of Sean Hantke, Tobie Spitzer, and Brady Nakama who work together with our patients to create a personalized treatment plan designed to achieve the patient’s desired results.
How do I know if acupuncture helps me?
Traditional Chinese Medicine places emphasis on treating each individual as a whole in order to address the underlying issues of a patient’s illness/injury. A full consultation is necessary to explore each patient’s individual needs and to build a personalized treatment plan, however, acupuncture is able to treat a wide variety of different conditions.
What is Traditional Chinese Medicine?
Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) is a system of health care that includes acupuncture, Chinese herbal medicine, massage (tuina), exercise and breathing therapy (qigong). The most popular forms of TCM are acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine.
Traditional Chinese Medicine dates back thousands of years. The primary feature of modern TCM is the premise that good health relies on the restoration and maintenance of harmony, balance and order of the individual.
TCM takes a holistic approach to understanding normal function and disease processes and focuses as much on the prevention of illness as it does on the treatment.
Does acupuncture have any risks or side effects? Does it hurt?
Acupuncture is very safe and rarely causes any side effects. In some instances, an individual may feel a slight sting when the needle is first inserted, similar to that of a mosquito bite. Other times one may feel a dull achy sensation upon insertion. Most times the needles are not felt at all. The thickness of an acupuncture needle is comparable to that of a cat’s whisker.
How long is a treatment?
Your initial consultation and first treatment can take between 60 – 90 min. Repeat visits will be 45 – 60 min.
How many treatments will I need?
This all depends on how each individual responds to treatment and what condition is being treated. Typically if your condition is chronic, more treatments are needed. If your condition is acute, fewer treatments are usually needed. It is difficult to give an exact number of treatments you will need. After evaluating your first few treatments, we will have a better understanding of the course of treatment.
How should I prepare for treatment?
Try to be 5–10 minutes early to give you the chance to relax before treatment. Wear comfortable clothing. Have a meal or snack within a few hours of treatment.
Is there anything I need to do after treatment?
Stay hydrated. Patients usually comment on a great night’s sleep the night of their acupuncture treatment.
Will I feel different immediately after treatment?
Most likely you will feel relaxed. Depending on the condition being treated, it may take up to 24 hours to feel relief or change, but some feel do improvement right away.
Can acupuncture be used during pregnancy?
Acupuncture is completely safe during pregnancy. It is a great therapy to relieve some of the undesirable pregnancy aliments such as morning sickness, low back pain and other pregnancy-related concerns. It gives an overall sense of relaxation. There are some acupuncture points that are avoided during pregnancy except during labour or for the purpose of inducing labour.
Is acupuncture covered by health benefits?
Acupuncture is not covered under Alberta Health Care but most extended health benefit plans do cover acupuncture. We also can direct bill most benefit plans for you. If you would like to know if you have coverage, call the number on the back of your health benefits card.
Don’t forget to bring your benefit card with you to your first appointment!
Which practitioner should I schedule with?
At Six08 Health, we take a team approach to treatment ensuring the best possible care. All of our acupuncturists work closely together and discuss treatment for each individual. Throughout your course of treatment, you will or may see any of our three acupuncturists.
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