Traditional Chinese Medicine Acupuncture

Traditional Chinese Medicine Acupuncture involves the insertion of very fine, (thin as a strand of hair) sterile disposable needles into specific points located on meridians which course throughout the body. The art and science of using acupuncture within the scope of Traditional Chinese Medicine is a practice that never ceases to amaze. By inserting a needle into select points on your body, several physiological effects can occur, such as the release of endorphins, serotonin, and dopamine, to name a few. Acupuncture treatments offer a time to relax and open to the body’s own natural resources. To better understand Traditional Chinese Medicine Acupuncture and how it works, we invite you to come in and experience this remarkable modality for yourself.

What Does Traditional Chinese Medicine Acupuncture Treat?

Traditional Chinese Medicine Acupuncture is a treatment method used to treat the individual, not the symptom. Acupuncture restores balance. In that process, it prevents, reduces, or eliminates the symptoms that prompted you to consider acupuncture.

That said, acupuncture can be an effective mode of treatment for many kinds of conditions, both acute and chronic.

  • Musculoskeletal disorders: Lower back pain, neck & shoulder pain, joint pain, injuries, and muscular aches and pains.
  • Gynecological disorders: Irregular, heavy, or painful menstruation, premenstrual syndrome, and menopausal symptoms.
  • Pregnancy-related concerns: Fatigue, edema, morning sickness.
  • Gastrointestinal disorders: Indigestion, pain, nausea & vomiting, constipation, diarrhea, & eating disorders.
  • Respiratory disorders: Allergies, chronic colds, coughs, asthma, and respiratory problems
  • Supportive Therapy: for many chronic and debilitating disorders.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. Ideally, wear comfortable and loose clothing. If needed, a gown or drape will be provided for you.
  2. Avoid drinking coffee or other caffeinated beverages immediately prior to your acupuncture treatment.
  3. Have a snack or light meal within a few hours prior to an acupuncture treatment. You will be more comfortable if you are not overly full or overly hungry.

Simply relax! Acupuncture sessions offer a time to rest, open your body’s own natural healing process, and restore balance.

Plan for a longer consultation time at your first visit. Typically, you will want to set aside 90 minutes for your first appointment and about an hour for follow-up appointments. Needles usually remain in place from 10 to 40 minutes.
Frequency and number of treatments depends on each individual’s condition and constitution. Acute problems tend to respond quickly. Chronic illnesses or injuries may require treatment for several weeks or longer. As with any form of health care, lifestyle, nutrition, attitude, and commitment will affect the course and outcome of the treatment process as well.
Many insurance companies now provide coverage for part or all of the cost of acupuncture treatments. Coverage depends on the insurance company and policy. Contact your insurance company to find out what kind of coverage you have and if there are any limitations. Please remember, when it comes to insurance coverage, the contract of payment is between you and the insurance company. If your insurance company does not render payment, you will be responsible for payment of the amount owed for services rendered.

At Leap Physiotherapy, we are pleased to offer direct billing for most insurance plans, including GreenShield, Sun Life, Blue Cross, and WSIB.

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