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Medical Acupuncture in Barrie

Acupuncture is used to promote the body’s natural healing mechanisms by inserting fine needles at key points. Electrical stimulation may be applied if needed. The needles stimulate the nervous system, causing it to release chemicals into the muscles, spinal cord and brain, which in turn either reduces pain or causes more chemicals/hormones to be released, and triggering the body’s internal regulating system.


Acupuncture at Huronia Chiropractic & Wellness Centre starts at just $40 a treatment after your initial visit, or $30 a treatment if combined with traditional chiropractic treatment. Please contact us to learn more!

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Does Acupuncture Really Work—If So, Why? Do I Have to Believe in It for It to Work?

In the past 2,000 years, more people have been successfully treated with acupuncture than with all other health modalities combined.


In Chinese medicine, it is believed that the body’s energy channels (medians) run in regular patterns throughout the body. They can be become obstructed, and needling the acupuncture points can release the obstruction and restore the energy flow.


Modern science explains it this way: needling acupuncture points stimulates the nervous system to release chemicals in the muscles, brain and spinal cord, helping to relieve pain and encourage healing.


Do you have to believe in acupuncture for it to work for you? No. Acupuncture is used successfully on animals. A positive attitude may reinforce the effects of wellness, just as a negative attitude may hinder them, but a neutral, “I don’t know if I believe in this” attitude will not impede results.


What Is Medical Acupuncture? Is It Different from Ordinary Acupuncture?

As acupuncture is a medical art that has been around for many, many generations, different approaches to learning and practicing it exist. Medical acupuncture is acupuncture that is performed by a doctor trained and licensed in Western medicine and who has specialty practice training in acupuncture.


What Is the Scope of Medical Acupuncture?

Medical acupuncture is used to impact 3 areas of a person’s health:

  • Health and well-being
  • Illness prevention
  • Medical condition treatment

Though typically associated with pain relief, medical acupuncture has broader applications and can be used either as the sole treatment modality for many conditions, or in conjunction with another type of treatment. Acupuncture is recognized by the World Health Organization as a suitable treatment for many problems, including:

  • Digestive disorders: gastritis and hyperacidity, spastic colon, constipation, diarrhea
  • Respiratory disorders: sinusitis, sore throat, bronchitis, asthma, recurrent chest infections
  • Neurological and muscular disorders: headaches, facial tics, neck pain, rib neuritis, frozen shoulder, tennis elbow, various forms of tendinitis, low back pain, sciatica, osteoarthritis
  • Urinary, menstrual and reproductive problems
  • Problems related to tension, stress and emotional conditions

 

Are There Any Side Effects?

In most cases, no. Sometimes, symptoms may worsen for several days, or you may notice changes in your appetite, sleep, bowel or urination patterns, or emotional state, but these changes are not a cause for concern—rather, they are an indication that treatment is starting to work. Some patients describe experiencing feelings of deep relaxation and/or mild disorientation following treatment. If this happens to you, these symptoms will pass after a short amount of time.


Do Acupuncture Needles Hurt?

There’s not one answer to this question, but, in general, most people feel minimal pain when needles are inserted, and some feel no pain at all. Once the needles are inserted, you will not feel pain. The thin, solid stainless steel construction of acupuncture needles makes them much less painful than the hollow needles used in blood draws, etc.


We used disposable needles, so there is no risk of infection.


How Many Treatments Will I Need?

That depends. Each person’s needs are different, so each person’s course of treatment will vary. If you have a complex or longstanding condition, we may recommend 1 or 2 treatments a week for several months. Other problems may require fewer visits.


Are There Any Treatment Day Dos and Don’ts?

Yes. Please follow these guidelines to maximize the value of your treatment:

  • Avoid eating a large meal right before and/or after your treatment.
  • Do not over exercise, engage in sexual activity or consume alcohol within 6 hours before or after your treatment.
  • Arrange your schedule so that after your treatment you will have time for rest. This is especially important for the first few visits.
  • If you are on any prescription drugs, continue to take them as directed. Substance abuse (drugs or alcohol) will seriously interfere with the effectiveness of your treatments.
  • Pay attention to and/or keep notes about your response to each treatment. This helps your doctor make any necessary adjustments to follow-up treatments.

Is Acupuncture Covered by Health Insurance?

That depends on your provider. Please review your health policy to determine if acupuncture benefits are part of your coverage—acupuncture is considered a chiropractic service under extended healthcare plans. More and more providers are recognizing the value of providing coverage for medical acupuncture service.

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