Traditional Chinese Acupuncture
Treloar Physiotherapy Clinic’s Kerrisdale location offers Traditional Acupuncture based on the theories and techniques of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) and has been used as a method for balancing the body’s energy (Qi) to prevent or cure diseases and disorders.
Traditional Acupuncture is the process of inserting very fine, sterile needles into carefully selected points along the body to stimulate the flow of energy and blood, and remove blockages so that the Qi can be dispersed and regulated. By stimulating the body’s various systems, Traditional Acupuncture can help to resolve pain, improve sleep and digestive function as well as promote a general sense of well being.
Clinical studies have shown that acupuncture has been an effective treatment for many diseases, symptoms or conditions including:
- Acute and Chronic Pain
- Gastrointestinal disorders
- Headaches and migraines
- Menstruation regulation
- Nausea and vomiting
- Pregnancy and labour
- Respiratory conditions
- Smoking cessation
For your initial appointment, the registered acupuncturist will ask you for a general medical history and then will proceed with a TCM assessment and diagnosis. This typically includes observation, listening, questioning, pulse taking and palpation.
For the acupuncture treatment, very fine sterile needles will be placed on specific points on the body based on the assessment. The needles are usually left in place for 5 to 20 minutes, and then removed. Acute symptoms may require only two to four treatments, whereas it is common to have as many as 12 or more treatments for chronic cases.
Traditional acupuncture is a very safe treatment. Most individuals experience little to no discomfort, although a warm or aching sensation lasting anywhere from a few minutes to a few hours may be experienced around the insertion point. The most common adverse reaction is slight bleeding or bruising at the insertion point. Very few individuals may experience dizziness, nausea or fainting.
Individuals with pacemakers should avoid electrical stimulation unless approved by their cardiologist. Hemophiliacs should be treated with caution.
Traditional Chinese Acupuncture is offered at our Kerrisdale location only.