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Acupuncture

Our acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine services include:

Acupuncture/Acupressure

Northwest Calgary acupuncture

Acupuncture has been practiced for over 5000 years

Acupuncture is the insertion of very fine needles into specific points on the body to influence physiological functions. Practiced for over 5000 years, acupuncture is based on the theory that energy or life force, referred to as “qi”, travels through the body along specific pathways or “meridians”. More recent research has shown that these pathways do in fact exist and that acupuncture points can be detected by their lowered electrical resistance, traveling through the body in a way similar to your nervous or cardiovascular systems. When that energy flow becomes blocked or sluggish, a person will experience pain or illness. By stimulating specific spots along the meridians an acupuncturist helps to promote proper energy flow, essentially helping the body to heal itself.

Acupuncture is virtually painless, and most people experience a state of deep relaxation during treatment. Typically between 4-20 needles are used and are retained for approximately 10-30 minutes depending on the condition being treated. The World Health Organization (WHO) endorses the use of acupuncture for several syndromes.

Cupping

Cupping is a traditional treatment modality that has been used in several different cultures over many centuries. The inside of a cup is heated in order to create a vacuum, and the cup is then placed (suctioned) onto the surface of the skin. The cups can be either left in place or slid along the surface of the skin using a lubricant. This treatment is used mainly to increase local blood circulation to promote healing and reduce pain, as well as in the treatment of common cold or other respiratory symptoms by allowing the pores to breathe and stimulating the immune system. It is common to have a painless, hickey-type bruise for a few days following treatment.

Tuina and Gua Sha (Chinese massage techniques)

Tuina is a form of Chinese therapeutic massage commonly used in conjunction with acupuncture for musculoskeletal disorders. Gua Sha is a traditional Chinese treatment modality where a small tool with a smooth edge is scraped across the surface of the skin. “Gua” means scrape or rub, and “Sha” is the name for the reddish rash that appears during treatment. This increases local circulation, stimulates the immune system and metabolic processes, and opens the pores. It is also excellent for relaxing tight muscles. Because the pores will remain open for some time, it is wise to cover up the treated area for a few days following treatment. Gua Sha can also leave mild painless bruising that may remain for a few days as a result of the release of local blood flow.

Diet and Exercise Prescription

Diet and Exercise Prescription are an extremely important part of a person’s health and well-being. Fueling your body with proper nutrition and keeping and active body and mind help to prevent illness and injury. Stress reduction, improved sleep quality, better mood, increased energy and resistance to disease are all benefits of a healthy lifestyle.