Acupuncture Treatment in Richmond Hill and Newmarket

WHAT IS “MEDICAL” ACUPUNCTURE?

Acupuncture is among the oldest healing practices in the world. It aims to restore and maintain health through the stimulation of specific points on the body.

Acupuncture is comprised of a series of procedures involving the stimulation of anatomical points on the body using a variety of techniques. The acupuncture technique that has been most often studied scientifically involves penetrating the skin with thin, solid, metallic needles that are manipulated by the hands or by electrical stimulation.

Does it hurt?

More often than not, the sensation that is felt from the insertion of an acupuncture needle into the skin can be related to that of a pinch. However, in some cases, a patient does not feel anything at all. Once the needles are in the acupuncture points, a patient may experience feelings of warmth, numbness, itchiness, or heaviness. Again, sometimes, a patient does not feel anything at all. All of this is normal. The needles are usually left in place for about 15 – 45 minutes.

What types of needles are used?

Chiro-Med Rehab Centre uses pre-sterilized, single-use, disposable acupuncture needles on our patients. After the needles have been removed, we dispose of them immediately and safely.

How long does an Acupuncture session take?

Once the needles are inserted into the acupuncture point, it may be there for 20 – 60 minutes. Treatment times vary for different individuals and symptoms.

Which patients should not receive acupuncture therapy?

It may be unsafe for some patients to receive Acupuncture treatment.
Please advise us if any of the following conditions apply to you:

  • Certain types of infections, including those of the blood or central nervous system
  • Disseminated intravascular coagulopathy
  • Hemophiliac disorders
  • Anticoagulant (blood thinner) medication
  • Infections of the skin (cellulitis, etc.)
  • Pregnancy

Is acupuncture covered by OHIP?

Acupuncture services are not covered under OHIP. However many extended health care plans do cover a portion of Acupuncture services.

COMMONLY TREATED SYMPTOMS WITH ACUPUNCTURE?

Conditions include, but not limited to:

  • Anxiety
  • Arthritis
  • Dizziness
  • Fatigue
  • Hand and Foot Pain
  • Headaches
  • Insomnia
  • Knee Pain
  • Muscular Imbalances
  • Neck and Back Pain
  • Numbness and Tingling
  • Repetitive Stress Injuries
  • Sports Injuries
  • Sciatica
  • Shoulder Pain
  • Tennis Elbow