Pain that persists beyond its expected period can impact a person’s life significantly. Sleep, mood, and activities of enjoyment can all be affected.
With more information on pain medication dependence, more people seek out alternate options to manage their pain.
Our Oakville Acupuncturist, Massage Therapists, Physiotherapists and Yoga Therapists can all be important allies when you are seeking to manage your pain. Chronic, or persistent pain is pain that persists longer than is expected based on what we know of tissue healing.
Pain is driven by our nervous system. You can read more about that connection in Physio Kristina’s blog post here.
Acupuncture has been shown to be helpful in reducing pain by 50%.
Acupuncture should be virtually painless. The Acupuncturist places the thin needle into specific points around the body. The placement of the needles are thought, in Eastern terms, to correct imbalances of the energy flow of the body.
In Western medical terms acupuncture is thought to help manage chronic pain by impacting hormone levels, neurotransmitters (ie. endorphins), or the immune system.
Like most treatments for chronic pain, the body needs to time to acclimatize to treatment for best results. Appointments closer together (eg 1x/ week) are usually best to start. As you progress and have less pain, time between your acupuncture treatments are gradually increased.
Acupuncture can work well with other treatments such as massage, yoga therapy and physiotherapy. It is important for your practitioners to know of other treatments you are participating in to help guide timing etc.
Your Acupuncturist will advise you on what they think will be best for you in regards to time between appointments, as well as lent of time of your appointment.
Acupuncture treatment is often covered by your private benefits. It is important to check the dollar amount in total as well as per treatment, so you have a full understanding of your coverage.
We are able to provide direct billing services for Acupuncture for most insurance companies, but it is best to check this with your individual plan.
Contact us to book in for an acupuncture visit in our North Oakville clinic.