Milestone Physio & Wellness Clinic is delighted to provide patients with effective and result-proven acupuncture services.
Acupuncture is a specific therapeutic technique that is used to stimulate the peripheral nerve using tiny, steel needles known as acupuncture needles. When these needles are inserted at certain spots of the body known as neurofunctional sites, they help stimulate that region both manually or with the aid of electricity, thereby achieving therapeutic effects by modulating abnormal activities present in the nervous system or other affected systems where modulatory mechanisms are present and are under the influence of pain, diseases, or functional problems. Neuromodulation takes place across neurological and neurohumoral mechanisms at different levels, such as the spinal cord, cerebellum, brain, brain stem, and peripheral nerves.
Acupuncture is a time-tested healing practice that traces its origins back thousands of years to ancient China. Throughout history, this holistic approach to wellness has evolved and gained recognition from reputable health organizations worldwide. It’s not just about treating physical ailments; acupuncture embraces a holistic philosophy, addressing both physical and emotional well-being.
Despite this explanation, the exact mechanisms by which acupuncture improves the body are not yet understood. However, based on a hypothesis, it is believed that it uses some up and down-regulation mechanisms of certain cellular processes to stimulate endorphins, neurotransmitters, and natural pain-relieving chemicals. Due to this process, pain receptors in the brain detect less pain. Therefore, it can be concluded that with the release of natural body painkillers, acupuncture needles ease the pain and stiffness from possible pain.
At Milestone Physio & Wellness Clinic, we use a westernized acupuncture procedure which is mechanism-based, to deliver this therapeutic treatment to patients. This allows your physiotherapist to ensure therapeutic goals and treatment are designed based on the discovered neurological dysfunctions and other symptoms.
During an acupuncture session, you can expect a gentle and soothing experience. The process involves the insertion of hair-thin needles at strategic points on your body to restore energy flow, relieve emotional and physical stagnation, and stimulate the immune and endocrine systems.
Many patients report feeling only a momentary prick when the needle goes in, followed by a dull pressure or tingling sensation. What’s truly remarkable is how relaxed most people feel during and after the treatment. This level of comfort is a testament to the gentle and comforting nature of acupuncture.
Rest assured, acupuncture is an extremely safe practice when performed by a competent practitioner. We adhere to strict hygiene standards and use disposable needles discarded after a single use, ensuring your safety and well-being at all times.
The number of acupuncture treatments you may need can vary based on your unique circumstances. For most chronic conditions, a series of 5-7 once-weekly treatments often yield the best results. Some individuals experience immediate improvements in their health, while for others, acupuncture has a cumulative effect over several visits.
To determine the ideal treatment plan for you, we encourage you to consult with our experienced practitioners. We’ll work closely with you to tailor a personalized acupuncture journey that aligns with your health goals and expectations.
Acupuncture offers a myriad of benefits that can significantly enhance your overall health and quality of life.
Here, we delve into some of the key advantages of acupuncture:
Acupuncture is a natural and effective treatment method used to address chronic pain that may develop from muscular stiffness, tension, and tightness. If you would like to benefit from this therapeutic treatment, Contact Milestone Physio & Wellness Clinic to book an appointment with our certified and licensed acupuncturist. They will identify how beneficial this form of therapy will help achieve optimal well-being.
Acupuncture costs in Alberta can vary widely depending on the practitioner's experience, clinic location, and treatment length. On average, the cost for an acupuncture session can range from $60 to $120. Some practitioners may offer package deals for multiple sessions at a discounted rate.
Acupuncture is generally considered safe, but there are some conditions for which it is not recommended, including:
Acupuncture offers several benefits, with three notable ones being:
Pain relief: It is commonly used to treat chronic pain, such as arthritis or back pain.
Stress and anxiety reduction: Acupuncture can help manage stress and anxiety by promoting relaxation.
Improved sleep: It can help in treating insomnia and improve overall sleep quality.
Evidence shows that acupuncture works for some conditions, especially for pain relief and nausea. The effectiveness of acupuncture can vary among individuals and conditions. Some research suggests acupuncture works better than no treatment and can complement other therapies for specific situations.
The Alberta Health Care Insurance Plan does not generally cover acupuncture. However, many private health insurance plans offer coverage for acupuncture treatments when performed by a licensed practitioner. It's advisable to check with your insurance provider for specific coverage details.
The number of recommended acupuncture sessions can vary widely depending on the condition, its severity, and the individual's response to treatment. Some people may experience relief after just a few sessions, while others may require regular sessions over a more extended period. A typical treatment plan might start with 1-2 sessions per week for several weeks, followed by a reassessment of symptoms to adjust the treatment plan as needed.