Acupuncture St Albert | What Is Acupuncture
While most people have heard of acupuncture St Albert treatments. Fewer people are familiar with what acupuncture is, and how a treatment works. Acupuncture is a form of traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) where needles are inserted into the body in order to activate pressure points in the body.
Acupuncture is safe when done by an accredited practitioner, such as accredited by the College of Acupuncturists of Alberta. Which is the regulatory body for acupuncturists in the province of Alberta. Anyone who is practicing this treatment within Alberta needs to be registered with the college.
Before starting treatment, the first step is completing a very thorough health history with the practitioner. In a patients’ initial treatment, the health history will take approximately an hour. This is so that the acupuncturist can have a full understanding of what is going on in the patients’ body. And can put together the best possible treatment plan for them.
Most Common Questions About Acupuncture St Albert
Some of the most common questions people have before treatment. Is wondering if the needles are placed into the skin, how deep the needles will go, and if it will hurt. Yes, the needles will go very shallowly into the skin. Depending on what areas the patient is getting treatment, it may be less than a millimeter. And no, it shouldn’t hurt.
While many patients do feel an initial sharp sensation when the needle is initially placed, any discomfort after the first few seconds is not normal. Patients should communicate this with the acupuncturist who will immediately remove the needle. The first treatment may have as few as two or three needles placed, to give the patient an idea of what it will feel like. But this also allows the practitioner to see how the patient responds and this will inform their overall treatment plan.
Acupuncture St Albert | Acupuncture Is Covered By Most Insurance Companies
People who are curious about acupuncture St Albert treatments should find a great practitioner and try it out. Not only is it an extremely beneficial therapy that can help people relax, and heal. But it is also covered by most insurance companies. Which means people won’t even have to pay out of pocket. To find out if this treatment will work for them.
Acupuncture has been around for over 3000 years, originating in China. It was brought to North Americans in 1800’s, however, didn’t start gaining popularity until the early 1900’s. The needles used in practice are extremely thin – most are about the width of a piece of human hair. However, there are different sizes of needles depending on what they are being used for. And where the acupuncturist is going to be placing them.
According to traditional Chinese medicine, the acupuncture needs balance the flow of energy within the body. This flow of energy, also known as life force, is called qi (chi) flows through pathways in your body. By inserting needles in specific points, practitioners say that your energy flow will re-balance. However, western practitioners view acupuncture as a way to stimulate connective tissues, muscles and nerves.
There are many conditions that acupuncture is used to treat. In fact, according to the World Health Organization (WHO), there are over 200 conditions that acupuncture can successfully treat. The list includes, but is not limited to fibromyalgia, headaches, migraines, respiratory illnesses, osteoarthritis, labour pain, chemotherapy symptoms, neck and back pain and menstruation cramps.
If you think acupuncture could be right for you, or are just curious to know more, Healing Point Massage therapy can help! In addition to providing acupuncture in St Albert, they also offer many other treatments. This includes manual osteopathic therapy, massage therapy, myofascial cupping and more!