Acupuncture FAQ:

Is Acupuncture Safe?

Acupuncture is a safe and effective treatment with very few adverse effects and complications from its use. Your physiotherapist will discuss the indications, contraindications, effects and side effects with you prior to treatment. 

Does Acupuncture Hurt?

Acupuncture needles are very thin , and most people feel no pain or very little pain when they are inserted. Most patients find the acupuncture sessions relaxing and have minimal discomfort. Everyone experiences acupuncture differently. You may experience a mild ache or warmth around the needle site. 

Are the Acupuncture Needles Clean? Are they Re-Used?

Physiotherapists at LV Physiotherapy use single-use, sterile disposable needles. 

What Should I Do Before & After an Acupuncture Treatment?

Arrive rested and relaxed for your treatment sessions. Eat a light meal prior and avoid consuming caffeine or nicotine 90 minutes before and after treatment sessions. 

Will my Insurance Plan Cover Acupuncture?

At LV Physiotherapy, acupuncture is considered a complementary treatment. It is used alongside other forms of physiotherapy treatment. Therefore, if your insurance plan covers you for physiotherapy, you will be covered for your acupuncture treatments. 

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What is Acupuncture?

"Acupuncture stimulates the balance and flow of Qi energy that in Traditional Chinese Medicine is considered essential to health. When the body is healthy, Qi (pronounced chee), flows smoothly through the meridians that make up a conceptual network of pathways throughout the entire body. When the balance or flow of Qi is deficient or obstructed it may be diseased or susceptible to illness. Acupuncture treats both the symptoms and the root causes of the patient’s illness."

"Acupuncture is an ancient, safe and effective alternative to medication and, in some cases, surgery. It stimulates the release of endorphins – the body’s natural pain-relieving neurohormones – through the insertion of needles into specific anatomical points (acupuncture points) to encourage natural healing." 

Therapeutic effects include:

  • Pain relief

  • Increased energy

  • Improved mood

  • Improved body function

Read more at Acupuncture Canada...

Acupuncture with Our Physiotherapists

Our physiotherapists have received training and certification in acupuncture for physical rehabilitation. This allows them to incorporate specific acupuncture points into their physiotherapy treatment sessions if they believe it will benefit the patient (and the patient consents to it). They use acupuncture in this way to help decrease pain and inflammation, and to promote tissue healing and optimal nerve and muscle function.

Our Physiotherapists do not use acupuncture in ways or for conditions that fall outside of their scope of practice. When acupuncture is provided by physiotherapists who are not Registered Acupuncturists, the service is reimbursable as ‘physiotherapy’ under extended health insurance plans, not under 'acupuncture' coverage.

Reference: Acupuncture Canada