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Integrative Health Centre is a well-established Calgary acupuncture clinic offering a variety of traditional Chinese acupuncture treatments. Contact us today to make an appointment for acupuncture in Calgary.
Acupuncture is a traditional Chinese medicine healing art that balances the vital energy QI (chee) in our bodies to restore health and function to bodily systems. It consists of inserting fine thread-like needles into selected points on the surface of the body to help stimulate the re-balancing of the flow of Qi. This has been shown to help the body heal itself, reduce pain, modulate hormones and neurotransmitters, and improve basic immune system function.
When an acupuncture needle is inserted into the skin it creates an analgesic (pain-killing) effect, a natural body response caused by a release of endorphins. These endorphins can be directed to certain areas of the body, which has been shown to be highly effective in treating certain conditions. Since acupuncture's subtle diagnostics seek to identify underlying causes, it is also an effective preventative method for curbing progression of symptoms into disease. Generally, chronic conditions will need at least 10 acupuncture treatments to notice significant improvements. Acute conditions may notice a difference after the first or second visit.
Acupuncture uses very fine needles, which are very gently inserted in acupuncture points so that patients rarely feel any pain. Since pain receptors are located at the skin's surface, patients may feel a tiny prick as the needle is inserted. Once the needle has past the surface and has reached the underlying muscle, patients rarely feel any pain whatsoever, though they may feel some pressure and heaviness from stimulating the QI. Individuals who are afraid of needles may wish to try acupressure instead.
Acupuncture can be used to treat both acute and chronic conditions. The latter will take longer to see results but improvements will happen over successive treatments. Each patient is unique in his or her symptoms and concerns, thus each treatment is individualized.
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
Frozen Shoulder & Shoulder Pain
Gynaecological Issues & Menstrual Pain
Infertility / Fertility
Headaches (Migraine & Tension Headaches)
Lower Back Pain & Sciatica