Acupuncture in Calgary
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.
What Is Acupuncture?
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.
How Does Acupuncture Work?
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.
Does Acupuncture Hurt?
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.
What Conditions Does Acupuncture Treat?
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.
- Blood Issues
- Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
- Frozen Shoulder & Shoulder Pain
- Gynaecological Issues & Menstrual Pain
- Infertility / Fertility
- Headaches (Migraine & Tension Headaches)
- Lower Back Pain & Sciatica
- Neck Pain
- Neurological Issues/Paralysis
- Sleep Issues
Are the needles sterilized, one-time use, and what are they made from?
Yes, the needles are sterilized and are one-time use. They are normally stainless steel but can also be made from gold.
How deep do the needles go?
Needles are inserted at varying depths and angles depending on the location on the body and the desired effect.
What should I expect when I come for an appointment?
At the initial intake, the patient is asked a series of questions to help the doctor understand the imbalances the patient is feeling. After, the doctor examines the patient, takes their pulse and looks at their tongue. A treatment that the doctor sees fit will then be administered.
How many treatments would I need until I see results?
The length of time the illness/concern has been with the patient will determine how many acupuncture treatments will be needed. Generally, chronic conditions will need at least 10 to notice significant improvements. Acute conditions may notice a difference after the first or second.
How will I feel after an acupuncture treatment?
Many patients feel relaxed and a little drowsy. However, in some cases patients have noticed a burst of energy.
How do I prepare for an acupuncture treatment?
Wear comfortable clothes and make sure you have eaten something prior to your visit. Having a treatment on an empty stomach can result in feeling faint or dizzy.