What is Acupuncture
Acupuncture is a Traditional Chinese Medicine therapy practiced for over 3000 years.
It is how we fine tune the circulation to achieve optimal functioning of your entire body, providing more nourishing and faster healing to the tissues and organs for a better recovery and a life free of pain.
Acupuncture is practically painless as we use very fine needles which do not damage tissues. Actually, most people feel incredibly relaxed and refreshed after a treatment.
What is Fire Cupping?
Fire Cupping Therapy is a treatment where the therapist places suction cups on the skin. By creating a vacuum with a flame and placed on the skin, the tissue is drawn up into the cup. This increases the blood flow, loosens the fascia or connective tissue, to stimulate healing. It is similar to the way deep tissue massage can be used to break up scar tissue and reduce pain. The cups are often placed on the back, neck, and shoulders or the site of pain. Cupping may cause temporary bruising and soreness, depending upon the degree of suction and the stiffness/knot of the muscle. The cups are left on for around 10 minutes before being removed by releasing the pressure.
The advantage of the Fire Cupping is the use of glass cups with a smoother edge that glide easily on the skin.
HOW DOES ACUPUNCTURE WORK?
We provide two different perspectives: Eastern and Western
THE EASTERN PERSPECTIVE
This stems from the belief that illness occurs when the body is out of balance or when something is blocking or affecting energy flow. “Qi” is all of the essential life energy that is flowing through the body and the motivating force of all physiological processes. We stimulate specific points located along the energy channels that connect all the major organs. This stimulation releases the blockage of “Qi” and promotes the body’s natural healing capabilities. While Western medicine has been around for centuries, Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) has been around for thousands of years. The first record of TCM dates back over 2,000 years, though it is believed that the origin of TCM goes back for more than 5,000 years. Over the course of its history, experiences and techniques prove that TCM works effectively.
THE WESTERN PERSPECTIVE
Scientific research has revealed much about the acupoint. Acupoints are shown to be located in high concentrations of nerve bundles and nerve endings, mast cells (used for immune response), lymphatic ducts, and capillaries. Acupuncture channels also show up as different colors than surrounding tissues on films taken with infrared imaging. Western research has also indicated further benefits of acupuncture on the body’s physiological processes.
Release of endorphins: Endorphins are the body’s natural and potent pain killer. They reduce stress hormone levels, not only temporarily, but for extended periods of time. For instance, B-endorphins are 200 times stronger than morphine.
Aid in the function of immune system cells by stimulating the release of neurotransmitters and neurohormones to reduce inflammation both locally and throughout the body. This in turn promotes the body’s natural healing process.
WHAT DOES ACUPUNCTURE FEEL LIKE?
Different people experience different sensations on their acupoints. Most people feel a slight pressure when a needle is inserted. For some, finger pressure feels stronger than when an acupuncture needle pierces the skin. For others, they do not feel pain. Depending on the points worked on, a patient may feel a little soreness, heaviness, tingling, or numbness.
These signs are indications that “Qi” or nervous feedback has been accessed and is working in the body. Some patients have commented how comfortable they felt during a treatment, as well as feeling a tremendous sense of relaxation.
WHAT KIND OF ACUPUNCTURE NEEDLES DO WE USE?
We only stock high quality needles that are sterile and disposable. These needles are used only once and then disposed of as per biohazard guidelines. We guarantee that each and every needle is manufactured in German factories that have high standard manufacturing and quality control procedures.
Whether the needle is used for body acupuncture or auricular acupuncture, the entire length of the needle shaft is coated with a micro layer of FDA-approved bioinert silicone to aid in reaching target depth and to minimize patient discomfort.
WHAT CONDITIONS CAN ACUPUNCTURE TREAT?
indigestion, bloating, ulcers, colitis, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), acid reflux, constipation, diarrhea, heartburn, vomiting, gallstones, abdominal pain
muscle ache, pain, stiffness back pain, arthritis, carpal tunnel syndrome, sciatica, atrophy, tendinitis, fibromyalgia
hyper/hypothyroidism, hormonal imbalances, diabetes
- Women’s health:
irregular or painful periods, amenorrhea, infertility, menopause, fibroids, cysts, uterine bleeding, pelvic pain
anxiety, depression, stress, mood disorders, addictions, insomnia
reduced immune function, fatigue, frequent illness, infections, inflammation
frequent, urgent, painful or dysfunctional, kidney stones
neck pain, stiffness, whiplash
headache, migraine, dizziness, eye pain, memory loss, facial pain, Bell’s palsy, toothache, jaw pain, sinusitis
asthma, allergies, cough, colds flu, chest tightness
Do you direct-bill insurances? Do I need a Doctor's referral?
Most extended medical/insurance plans cover Acupunsture treatment fees.
Please contact your insurance provider to check if they require a Doctor’s referral, to be able to claim or direct-bill treatments.
Allison and Marc-Alexandre are also licensed Naturopathic practitioners or Naturotherapists which can be cover by some insurances.
Insurances that we can direct-bill:
- Chamber of Commerce
- First Canadian
- Industrial Alliance
- Johnson Insurance
- Johnston Group
- Maximum Benefit
- Sun Life Financial
If your insurance is not in the list, you will receive a receipt after the treatment that you can send to your insurance to get refunded of the portion covered.
ARE THERE ANY CONTRAINDICATIONS OF ACUPUNCTURE?
There are very few situations where acupuncture is advised against. The most common are:
- If the patient has a hemophilic condition
- If the patient has a severe psychotic condition
- If the patient has a contagious disease, like TB (For public safety)
Our Acupuncturists and Chinese Medicine Practitioners
Dr. Allison Maloney
Registered Acupuncturist, Herbalist, Doctor of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Yoga Instructor
Registered Acupuncturist, Herbalist, Practitioner of Traditional Chinese Medicine