What is Acupuncture?
Acupuncture is a holistic treatment wherein thin needles are inserted at specific points of the body.
This form of treatment has roots in Traditional Chinese Medicine and operates with the idea that every form of illness is caused by an energy imbalance in the human body.
How Does Acupuncture Treatment Work?
pt Health’s gentle approach to acupuncture specifically addresses imbalances unique to your health, and is effective for treatment of:
- Pain (acute and chronic)
- Digestive problems
- Abdominal problems
- Many other common conditions
pt Health acupuncture therapy focuses on balancing your body’s energy.
This energy, which is called Qi (pronounced “chee”) flows through your body along meridian channels. A disruption to the flow of this energy results in disharmony and can lead to acute or chronic health conditions.
Gently placed Acupuncture needles inserted into key areas help re-direct the movement of energy and bring balance to your meridian. pt Health uses acupuncture needles that are thinner than a human hair and are quite comfortable.
Many patients often describe our acupuncture sessions as a pleasant experience.
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Cost, Coverage and Payment Options
Yes, pt Health acupuncture is covered by most insurance plans.
Most employer insurance plans cover acupuncture and related services performed by a pt Health therapist.
pt Health therapy services are covered by most extended health insurance companies and in some cases Veterans Affairs and Medicare, such as:
- OHIP (Ontario)
- Alberta Health Care (Alberta)
- Medical Service Plan MSP (British Columbia)
Not sure if you’re covered? No problem. We can help you find out (and usually within the hour). Just call us toll free at 1-866-586-0184.
At pt Health we believe your health should come first. We take care of the paperwork so you can focus on getting better, plus we offer direct insurance billing, saving you time and up front costs.
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Benefits of Acupuncture Treatment
There are a variety of reasons to consider acupuncture.
It is a holistic way to detoxify the body, treat disorders and disease and aid in various types of discomfort within the body.
The remarkable thing about acupuncture intervention is that it is believed to help patients recover faster. Acupuncture therapy is known to revitalize the body and act as an immune booster. Many people make use of this alternative therapy to minimize stress levels and improve blood circulation in their body.
Acupuncture is also known to prevent particular ailments from becoming acute and severe.
Apart from these health benefits, acupuncture has been proven effective as a therapy to treat problems such as:
- Weight reduction
- Women’s health issues
- Substance abuse
- Inflammation & pain
Medical Acupuncture Based on Traditional Chinese Medicine
Acupuncture has its roots in traditional Chinese medicine, the type of medicine most practiced in East Asia.
Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) has now become one of the fastest growing alternative medicine approaches used in the Western World.
At the core of Chinese medicine is the notion that a type of life force/energy known as qi (pronounced “chee”) flows through energy pathways (meridians) in the body.
Achieving the proper flow of qi is believed to create health and wellness.
A Natural Painkiller
During an acupuncture treatment, a qualified practitioner inserts thin needles at specific points of the body in an attempt to rebalance a patient’s energy.
The belief is that the needles form an external stimulus, leading to the release of endorphins which are known to be the body’s natural painkillers. This process initiates the self-healing process within the body.
pt Health acupuncture therapy uses sterilized, stainless steel needles, and are disposed of after one use.
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Frequently Asked Questions About Acupuncture Treatment
Does acupuncture have any side effects?
Acupuncture therapy is widely accepted as one of the best alternative treatments because of the fact that it has no serious side effects. Many Canadians use acupuncture treatments with great success.
What are meridians in acupuncture?
Meridians or channels are pathways or ‘rivers of energy’ that flow on the body.
Acupuncture points lie along the 12 meridians and 8 extra channels of the body. There are 365 major mapped acupuncture points that lie along these twelve channels, apart from hundreds of other points found all over the body.
The energy in the human body is supposed to move across these channels and can be regulated for healing through the application of sterilized needles.
Is acupuncture covered by health care providers?
Many health insurance plans are now including acupuncture therapy in their coverage.
Contact your local pt Health clinic about coverage. If you have a deductible, most insurance companies will allow the treatment costs to go towards the deductible.
Are the needles safe?
Completely. Needles are made of stainless steel; they are pre-sterilized and disposed of after each session.
What is the history of acupuncture?
Acupuncture has been a part of the traditional Chinese therapy for the past 2,500 years.
The earliest written mention of acupuncture in the West is in an article in a French Medical Journal (1671).
As a result of British and French colonial rule in China and South East Asia, interest in acupuncture gained traction in the West.
Book An Acupuncture Appointment Today
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