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What is acupuncture?

Acupuncture is a therapeutic technique used to encourage natural healing and reduce or relieve pain or other symptoms and improve function of affected areas of the body. Acupuncture is performed by the insertion of very fine, sterile, single use needles through the skin and tissues at specific points on the body. Most people find it relaxing, with only minimal discomfort. Relief may be immediate or occur within a few hours or after a few days. Strong exercise is not recommended immediately after treatment. Although acupuncture is well known to be very safe, certain minor adverse effects may occur and will be discussed with your health professional at the time of the appointment.

Is Acupuncture just for pain or can it treat other conditions?

Acupuncture has many applications which are detailed on our Home page, this article by Dr. Rapson or from the Acupuncture Canada.

What is Moxibustion (Moxa)?

Moxibustion is the application of low-level thermal heat to the acupuncture needles or to certain points on or near the skin's surface. This is done in order to treat bodily dysfunction or diseases, to modify or prevent pain perception and to normalize physiological functions.

What is Electro-Acupuncture?

Electro-Acupuncture involves the application of gentle, low-level electric current to the acupuncture needles while they are in place.

What is Chinese Scalp Acupuncture?

Acupuncture needles are placed in the scalp to treat patients with disorders of the central nervous system such as stroke, phantom limb pain, post-concussion syndrome, Meniere's disease, MS, herpes zoster (shingles), tremor, Cerebral Palsy, acquired brain injury and Parkinson's disease. This is a contemporary acupuncture technique that originated in China and is taught by Dr. Jason Hao from the USA.

What are Chinese Herbs?

Chinese medicinal herbs are used to treat bodily dysfunction or diseases, to modify or prevent pain perception and to normalize the body's physiological functions. Certain adverse side effects may result from taking these substances. These are rare, but could include and are not limited to: changes in bowel function, abdominal pain or discomfort, nausea & vomiting, and the possible aggravation of symptoms existing prior to herbal treatment.

Can I have Acupuncture if I’m pregnant?

Depending on how many weeks pregnant you are, some treatments can be performed during pregnancy. Please let the staff or practitioner know you are pregnant (or if you may be pregnant, or are trying to become pregnant) before booking an appointment. They will then be able to advise you on whether to delay treatment or whether they can proceed with a modified treatment.

What is Cupping?

Cupping is the application of heated glass cups, which apply a vacuum effect to the skin area, as part of treatment to modify or prevent pain perceptions and to normalize the body's physiological functions.

If I am taking blood 'thinners' can I still have acupuncture?

People taking blood 'thinners' such as heparin, warfarin, Aspirin (ASA), Plavix, or ginko biloba etc, may receive acupuncture but they should inform the practitioner in advance so additional care can be taken. Bruising may be a more frequent adverse effect if you are taking these medications.

What is Osteopathy?

Osteopathy treatments are 'hands-on' and are referred to as osteopathic manual treatment. The assessments require light touch to check the bones, soft tissues and organs of the neck, chest and abdomen, to look for tenderness, tightness or areas of restricted movement in soft tissues or joints.

The light touch of osteopathic treatment can relieve pain, tightness or restore function, improve range of motion or relieve symptoms. It is possible to feel some increased pain after the treatment, which typically goes away within 24 to 48 hours. Should this occur a foot soak or bath with Epsom salts is recommended.

You may go for a walk after the treatment but vigorous exercise is not recommended for the first 48 hours post treatment. Home exercises are used to help with recovery.

Why is my health card information collected?

We collect health card information on all patients at the initial visit for potential future OHIP- related consultations with our medical doctors, for referrals to other medical practitioners should that become necessary, for lab work and other tests. We conform to PIPEDA and PHIPA laws regarding personal information. A copy of our privacy policy is available upon request. Also, our computerized patient-tracking system is OHIP-based and requires a health card.