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Your first acupuncture experience should be a relaxing and pleasant one which will include a confidential review of your medical history, current medications and present day concerns. The discussion is designed to gather a complete picture of your whole body’s systems, rather than targeting specific symptoms. From this information, a diagnosis and a treatment plan is established.
Please come prepared to discuss any health concerns you may have – no matter how insignificant or irrelevant they may seem (emotional and/or physical), and bring along a list of current medications, any supportive lab tests, x-rays, and recommendations you received from your general physician if applicable.
A typical acupuncture treatment lasts anywhere between 30-60 minutes depending on the plan we agree on.
It’s my experience that everybody has differing comfort levels of when it comes to acupuncture treatments. For most, when the needles are inserted they barely notice I’ve started where others have said the initial insertion feels comparable to a mosquito bite, ‘twanging’ sensation or even a dulled-down bee sting. I have many patients that also feel so relaxed they even fall asleep during sessions.
I understand the fear most people have relates to hypodermic needles used for shots and drawing blood. Although still in the needle family, acupuncture needles are different as they are much thinner, flexible, and roughly the diameter of a human hair compared to their thick, stiff and hollow hypodermic cousins.
Again, there are a variety of descriptions I’ve heard with some people feeling a subtle throbbing or heavy sensation to tingling, warmth or even numbness. As long as the feeling is not pain, these sensations are a good sign that the body is reacting to the stimulation and the treatment is working effectively.
Within your body lies a series of channels or superhighways that carry electrical and chemical signals to all areas of the body for it to function in a healthy, efficient manner. Sometimes, these pathways suffer interference through injury or illness. Acupuncture treatments serve to stimulate these channels, promote circulation, reduce inflammation, and allow the body to clear any obstacles and ease pain, to improve the flow of energy throughout your body.
I’ve seen people achieve immediate result and relief during their first treatment and others with more deep-set conditions take longer with delayed results before they see improvement or change. Depending on the condition we are treating and how aggressive you want to be in terms of our discussed approach, I typically suggest a series of 1 or 2 visits per week for roughly 5 to 6 weeks while reviewing your progress and adjusting the treatment strategy based on results achieved and longer-term maintenance or follow-ups. Of course, chronic (or long-lasting) conditions usually involve more treatments than acute or new injuries.
Registered acupuncturists in BC (like myself) are Board certified and undergo a minimum of 3 years of comprehensive training, education and rigorous testing while at the same time, completing over 450 hours of supervised patient care in the schools acupuncture clinic before they are officially licensed to practice.
Practitioners are trained to use the utmost care and cleanliness using sterilized, single-use needles that are securely and safely discarded following provincial biohazard disposal regulations.
Visa, Mastercard, Interac and Cash are all welcomed and accepted.
Payment is due at the time services are rendered, unless prepaid with a package.
Prepaid discount packages area also available. Please contact me for more information.
No-Shows or cancellations with less than 24 hours notice will incur a full treatment charge.
Gift Certificates are available on request in any denomination and yes, I offer a series of 8 acupuncture treatments, with a 10% discount.
We are lucky to live in a part of the world where, yes, most extended medical plans these days offer benefit coverage for acupuncture treatments. Please consult your insurance provider or employer to determine the exact coverage you are entitled to and to clarify the following:
- Does the insurance policy cover acupuncture treatments?
- Does the insurance policy require a referral from a primary care physician?
- Does the insurance policy impose a dollar limit per year?
- Does the insurance policy limit the number of visits per year?
With prior permission from an Adjuster or Case Manager, you may be able to obtain financial support to pay for your treatment as part of your claim. Please verify with Worksafe, ICBC, or your legal counsel to obtain the correct information with regards to acupuncture treatment.
I hope the above clears up some of the questions you may have had and encourage you to ask any additional questions that you feel I missed. I’d be happy to answer them for you in the comments section below or privately if you wish to email me at: [email protected]