FAQ

shutterstock_352029386Common Questions Patients Have

 

Is acupuncture painful?
Everyone’s needling experience is different. Most patients can feel the initial insertion of the needles with minimal sensation and some do not feel anything at all. Once the needles are in, there should be no pain. If you feel hesitant in trying acupuncture, we can explore ear seeds, dermal needles, cupping and gua sha.
I may invite you to try out a needle and see for yourself how gentle they can be. I take great care in being sensitive to the discomfort a patient may have around particular areas being treated and in following through on an approach that works for you.
 

Are the needles re-useable?
Needles are sterile, stainless steel and one time use. They have a sharp point and are not hollow (like a hypodermic needle). Acupuncture needles are incredibly fine
 

How often should I receive treatment?
Acupuncture treatments work best as a succession of several treatments. Acute issues may be resolved in 1-3 treatments. More chronic conditions may take a few months to treat. If we are focused on an particular concern, a treatment a week may be optimal. Some patients come in for health maintenance and choose to come in anywhere from once to twice a month.
For chronic conditions, I invite you to consider how long it took for your illness to develop. Sometimes it has been months or years. This length of time may be reflected in how long it will take to resolve your issue. Which leads to another point, the earlier you begin treatment, the more likely you are to prevent a short-term issue from turning into a long-term issue.
 

What is the difference between acupuncture
administered by a licensed acupuncturist and
dry needling practiced within other professions
(physiotherapists, naturopaths, doctors, etc.)?
Dry needling is focused on inserting needles in trigger points to assist with myofascial pain. Acupuncture addresses physical pain as well as emotional well-being and other illness. Just under two thousand hours of class and clinic time are amassed within a three year program where Eastern medicine is the focus.
 

MSP & Insurance Coverage
If you make under $28 000 annually, you are entitled to $23.00 per treatment for up to 10 treatments a year under the medical services plan. Patients pay the entire fee at the time of their visit and their statement will be sent in online.  Many extended health insurance plans cover acupuncture treatments.  Enquire with your company to find out.  Members of the RCMP and veterans qualify for insurance coverage.
 

What is involved in an acupuncture treatment?
An initial session begins with a review of your intake form. We’ll spend up to 40 minutes discussing your medical history and anything else that may be relevant to your health concerns. After a diagnosis is made, you get to relax on the table face up or down. The indicated needles are inserted and you have a chance to relax for 30-40 minutes. Other modalities such as cupping, electro stimulation, gua-sha may be included which we would discuss beforehand.