Frequently Asked Questions
When it come to acupuncture, I have heard some pretty crazy ideas that people might have due to third party information. Since most people have never experienced acupuncture for themselves this leads a lot up in the air for poor information to enter from others that are merely commenting. Here are some simple accurate answers to the basic question you may have.
As of April 1st 2013 Acupuncture became a regulated and legislated healthcare profession in the province of Ontario. Only practitioners that are registered and are in good standing with the college of Traditional Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture are permitted to legally practice Acupuncture in the province and use the designation of Registered Acupuncturist (R.Ac).
Insurance companies will only reimburse treatments performed by a Registered Acupuncturist. Regardless of where you receive your care make sure the practitioner is registered with the College of Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioners and Acupuncturists of Ontario.
First off, I am very aware of the concerns over infectious diseases, I take every measure to ensure cleanliness and your safety as all health care professionals do. Our needles are sterile and only used one time. Always ask to see the sterile Acupuncture needles prior to any treatment.
Each treatment is different. Depending on the area that we are treating it may require you to remove certain article so clothing. At which time you will be covered by the sheets. Similar to having a massage for those that use massage therapy. Watch this simple video I created to show the different options.
Needles used for Acupuncture are almost as thin as human hair. Often, when patients first feel the sensation of needles, any apprehension quickly dissolve. I use a very gentle technique. Each session is tailored to meet the specific needs and sensitivities of the patient. There is no standard treatment when it comes to the number of needles used. Each treatment is different. I mention this cause I have heard that many people are a little nervous after hearing a person they know went for acupuncture and the practitioner used a lot of needles and that scared them. Don’t worry…
Yes. Acupuncture does not have many unpleasant side effects and does not interfere with any medical treatment you may already be receiving. Occasionally patients may get a small local bruise or feel mildly light-headed for a few moments once getting off the table if done to fast. Acupuncture itself is as gentle or strong as the patient needs. There should be minimal discomfort or sensation once the needles are initially inserted. There is usually an overall sense of deep relaxation, many of my patients have commented that they have a great sleep the evening after there treatments.
An exam/consultation is the initial meeting with your practitioner, you will discuss your medical history and your concerns. Your practitioner will palpate (press or touch) specific areas of the body looking to better understand your pattern.
No, You do not require a referral from your medical doctor or any other health care provider in order to start acupuncture treatments. Simply call our office (905) 840-9355 and schedule an appointment.
Cupping is a therapy in which a specially designed glass cup is attached to the skin surface to cause local congestion through the negative pressure created by introducing heat in the form of an ignited material, this is an amazing technique for releasing fascial tension that can be causing pain and reduced range of motion.
Acupressure consists of pressing the Acupuncture points with the thumbs, palms of the hand or even elbows in an attempt to help free the flow of qi energy in the channel. Acupressure is similar to Acupuncture, but the practitioner uses their fingers instead of needles to work the point.
Your first visit is booked for 1 hour.
Follow-up visits are approximately 1 hour as well.