Acupuncture

a means to better health

Our Acupuncture Services

Acupuncture is a type of treatment that involves effecting a healing response by using extremely fine needles at specific points on the body. Acupuncture derives from Traditional Chinese Medicine, which has evolved over 2000 years. Your acupuncturist may use several different treatment techniques during a treatment, including Cupping, Tui Na Massage, and other manual therapies.

Conditions Treated

Acupuncture is most commonly used to treat pain, including but not limited to:

  • Back and Neck Pain
  • Joint pain
  • Headaches & Migraines
  • Tendonitis
  • Whiplash
  • TMJ
  • Other conditions, such as anxiety, PTSD, IBS, constipation, stress-related and gynaecological issues

Acupuncture Frequently Asked Questions

How we help

How does acupuncture work?

Studies on acupuncture have shown that acupuncture needles interact with our nervous system, helping your body to relax tight muscles, decrease inflammation, improve blood flow, and reduce pain. Basically, acupuncture encourages your body to produce a strong healing response.

Do insurance plans cover acupuncture?

Most extended medical benefit plans cover acupuncture similar to other services like chiropractic and massage. For those with MSP Premium Assistance, or disability, acupuncture is partially covered.

What kind of therapists can use acupuncture?

Acupuncture is a regulated profession in British Columbia. Only registered practitioners are permitted to perform acupuncture. Acupuncturists typically have at least 5-6 years of post-secondary education.

What's the difference between IMS (Intramuscular Stimulation)and acupuncture?

A limited form of needling can be used by medical doctors and physiotherapists, under the names dry needling and IMS (intramuscular stimulation). IMS uses heavy needle stimulation, which can be quite painful; only muscles are targeted; and the duration of treatment is quite short. Acupuncture involves a much wider variety of needle sites and techniques; the same muscle points used in IMS can be needled, while other acupuncture points might also be utilized; it is less painful; and the treatment time is longer.

Does acupuncture hurt?

This is the most common question for an acupuncturist. Acupuncture needles are much thinner than your doctor’s needles. Being about as thin as animal hair, very flexible, and precision pointed, a good acupuncture needle should be painless on insertion. Once inserted, many acupuncture points will be completely painless, while with other points you might feel a mild dull ache for about a minute. Needles are left in place for about 20 minutes, during which time you should be perfectly comfortable.

Fee Schedule

Initial Visit; 60 Minutes: $85
Acupuncture; 60 minutes: $85
Acupuncture; 45 Minutes: $75