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Acupuncture: Have you suffered from stress, digestive issues, or sleeping problems? Do you struggle with low energy?
Welcome to Wellpoint General Acupuncture!
Acupuncture is a therapy that is rooted in over 3000 years of ancient science and tradition. It has solidified its position within Western medicine as a proven restorative process. The World Health Organization (WHO) confirms that the benefits of acupuncture therapy include the elimination or reduction of pain, a greater sense of vitality and a general well-being.
Acupuncture can offer a safe, effective and natural way to prevent illness and help the body restore its self-healing ability. By targeting precise points on the skin with thin sterile and disposable needles, acupuncture can relieve physical, psychological and emotional problems.
It has also been scientifically proven that acupucture stimulates the natural release of endorphines (natural pain-killers of the body) as well as various neurotransmitters such as seretonin, melatonin, epinephrine, norepinderphrine, etc. Through the activation of the brain itself, we can manage or treat pain, mood disorders and endless conditions that may not even have been defined in western medicine.
An ancient and traditional therapy, used for centuries, its legacy spans ancient Egypt, Greece, and North America but cupping is best known as a facet of traditional Chinese medicine (TCM). A cupping session entails the placement of glass or plastic cups along the back (or various injured areas) to create suction, initiating an increase in blood flow that in turn leads the body to healing.
Cupping is a gentle and non-invasive way to relive muscle tension (neck, shoulders, back, arms & legs), promotes lymphatic draininage, facilitates the removal of toxins and stress. While traditionally used to treat respiratory conditions, common cold or flues, digestive disorders or general pain and fatigue; in the modern days, it’s widly used to help promote blood flow in assisstance of healing and recovery due to work or sports related injuries. If applied by a qualified practitioner, it can help increase range of motion, boost energy and metabolism and overall bring the body back to balance.
How does Cupping Therapy work?
Suction cups rapidly facilitate rigid soft tissue release, loosen and lift connective tissue, break up and drain stagnation while increasing blood and lymph flow to skin and muscles in ways not possible with compression. By resurfacing dead blood cells, the body’s detoxifying ability is triggered, therefor your body is able to flush out toxins and help you produce fresh blood.
What are the potential benefits of Cupping Therapy?
Negative pressure, rather that tissue compression, is superior to bodywork for pain, stubborn conditions, repetitive strains, inflammation, toxicity, chronic fatigue, digestive problems, gynecological problems, and series of other issues we confront as we grow older.
Are Acupuncture and Cupping therapy covered under insurance?
TCM and Acupuncture have a regulating body in BC called the CTCMA and under this regulation certain extended health care providers cover Acupuncture & Cupping Therapy which falls under the scope of practice of an acupuncturist. MSP also covers partial fees of your treatment depending on your income. You will always be provided with receipts that you can submit to your insurance providers for your claims.
Does Acupuncture hurt?
Thanks to modern technology, the needles are made of sharp and fine coating material that make the experience painless. However due to the person’s constitution and the nature of treatment various sensations such as mild ache, slight burning and general grabbing of the needle by the tissue can be momentarily felt. The Acupuncturist can always make sure that every needle feels comfortable.
What conditions can Acupuncture help with?
Acupuncture can help with a long list of symptoms, injuries, and disorders. Please refer to the conditions table below.
Conditions Treated by Acupuncture
|Asthma||Nausea||Emotional distress||Joint pain|
|Sore throat||Vomiting||Anxiety||Bone pain|
|Common cold||Bloating||Insomnia||Cancer pain|
|Headaches||Loss of appetite||Sleeping disorders||Muscle pain|
|Flu||Excessive appetite||Smoking cessation||Arthritis|
|Infections||Abdominal pain||Chest pain||Shingles pain|
- Initial assessment and treatment: 60 min @ $135 – New patients – Includes: history and assessment, diagnosis and a possible treatment plan, 25 min acupuncture and recommendations.
- Follow-up treatment: 50 min @ $105 – reviewing old or new symptoms, acupuncture treatment according to the findings.
- Traditional Cupping Therapy: 30 min @ $75 – choose this session to get rid of muscle tension in neck, upper and lower back or legs, relieve stress, and promote lymphatic drainage, a needle-free session.
- Acupuncture + Cupping Therapy: 60 min @ $145 – Cupping is a gentle and non-invasive way to relieve muscle tension, aid in digestion and rid the body of toxins. When combined with acupuncture which promotes the healthy functions of your organs, deep relaxation and revitalization can be achieved.
- Special packages of 6 or 10 sessions @ 50 min duration are offered. Includes: initial intake and up to $100 in savings. Inquire before or during your first session.