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Acupuncture Explained

Acupuncture has long been used in modern medicine as an effective treatment for pain relief and countless conditions. Acupuncture is approximately 3000 years old and can help to prevent or cure different diseases and conditions in the body. This is done with the insertion of needles to specific points on the body and can be augmented by electrical stimulation or heat.

How Acupuncture Works

Acupuncture works to address imbalances that are the root cause of a condition or injury by stimulating the body to heal itself and return to a balanced state. At Yonge Street Acupuncture in North York and Thornhill we can help you alleviate pain through this effective form of healing.

Acupuncture Gets Your Energy Flowing

The body is made up of a number of channels that send energy through to different parts of the body. When there is a disruption in the flow of energy, pain or discomfort can occur. By unlocking these channels and allowing this energy flow to run freely, you’ll not only be relieved of your pain but will feel a better sense of well-being and will have more energy.

Acupuncture Can Help With:

  • Improved sense of well-being
  • Relief from pain
  • Prevention of various illnesses and conditions
  • Treatment of muscular, medical + neurological conditions

Acupuncture should not be viewed only for pain relief since it can be used to treat and heal a multitude of conditions. It can be used on its own or as part of a combined treatment plan with other types of healing methods including physiotherapy, chiropractic and naturopathic medicine.

The World Health Organization acknowledges that acupuncture can be considered as a treatment for a variety of illnesses including:

  • Digestive disorders like diarrhea, spastic colon, constipation, gastritis, and hyperacidity.
  • Muscular or neurological disorders like sciatica, osteoarthritis, tendinitis, pain in the lower back, frozen shoulder, tennis elbow, neck pain, rib neuritis, headaches, and facial tics.
  • Respiratory disorders like chest infections, bronchitis, asthma, sinusitis, and sore throat.
  • Menstrual, urinary and reproductive problems.

In the case of emotionally-related physical problems acupuncture has been proven to be very effective in alleviating symptoms.

Your Acupuncture Treatment

When you first walk into our North York Acupuncture Clinic, the acupuncturist will determine the points on your body that she will focus on during your treatment. It is best to wear loose clothing to and if need be you may be asked to put a gown on during the procedure. Thin acupuncture needles will be inserted into points on your body but fear not, these needles are extremely thin and don’t hurt. You’ll only feel a small prick as the needle goes in and it’s not anything like the needle injections that you’re probably used to. The acupuncture needles will remain in place anywhere from a couple of minutes up to 20 minutes.

As the procedure progresses the acupuncturist may move needles to different parts of your body. This means that she is noticing some changes taking place and is working with them to bring you closer to a balanced energy point.

How Acupuncture Can Help You

Acupuncture can effectively help with the following:

  • Repetitive strains
  • Facial pain
  • Slow immune system
  • Spastic colon
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Menstrual cramps
  • Muscle pain in the back and back
  • Chronic pain
  • Headaches

If you’re dealing with a disease such as cancer, acupuncture works well in association with other forms of treatment.

How Sharp Are The Needles And Do They Hurt?

Acupuncture needles are quite different from the regular type of needles you see when you are getting a shot. They are smooth at the tips and don’t hurt. You’ll only feel a tiny prick as the needles are inserted.

How Often Is Treatment Recommended?

This will depend on your overall health and the condition that needs to be treated. Usually treatments last for 1 to 2 months with regular appointments being scheduled once or twice weekly. As you progress with your treatment you will start to feel positive changes and will be able to enjoy an increased sense of energy and well-being.

Is Acupuncture Recognized As A Medical Treatment?

The World Health Organization has recognized acupuncture as being an effective treatment system for at least 40 medical conditions. Here at Yonge Street Acupuncture in Thornhill, patients are regularly referred to us for acupuncture treatment by their family physicians.

Does Insurance Cover Acupuncture Treatments?

Most insurance companies do cover acupuncture. If you’re unsure whether your own provider reimburses this medical service, please call us and we’ll find out for you.