What is Acupuncture?

Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine are therapies with a long tradition of clinical effectiveness and are one of the oldest medical systems still in use today. TCM is a unique system that has been in use for over 3,000 years for the diagnosis and treatment of disease and has in invaluable role in healing many conditions. Acupuncture helps to enable the body’s natural ability to heal itself. The body strives to always be in balance, when it is out of balance pain or illness can occur. An Acupuncturist can help restore the body’s balance with the gentle placement of thin, sterile needles at specific points. Each acupuncture point is located based on the patient’s condition and affected meridians. Meridians are energy channels throughout the body in which the Qi (pronounced “chi”) or energy flows. When the Qi is flowing, the body is functioning at its optimal level. When the Qi is obstructed, many symptoms can arise.  Needles are typically left in place for 30 minutes while the patient relaxes.

Conditions treated with Acupuncture:

• Headaches & Migraines
• Muscle & Joint Pain (repetitive stress, sports injuries, arthritis, inflammation)
• Infertility
• Gynaecological Issues (Menopausal symptoms, menstrual irregularities, painful menstruation, PMS)
• Pregnancy Care (Morning sickness, fatigue, help prevent miscarriage, assist in turning breech baby, labour induction)
• Digestive Disorders (IBS, constipation, diarrhoea, bloating, acid reflux)
• Stress, Anxiety, Depression
• Sleep Disturbances
• Skin Conditions
• Immune Deficiency
• Neurological and Sensory disorders
• Respiratory Disorders (Asthma, chronic cough, congestion)
• Circulatory Issues (hyper/hypo tension, palpitations, poor circulation)

Acupuncture may be used in combination with other healing modalities such as:

• Cupping
• Gua Sha
• Auricular therapy (ear acupuncture)
• Acupressure
• TDP heat lamp
• Moxibustion
• Lifestyle and dietary recommendations

Does it hurt?

Generally no, acupuncture is not meant to be painful, a lot of people find it relaxing and some even fall asleep during treatments. You may feel a dull ache, a feeling of heat or cold or tingling sensation at needle locations, if anything is uncomfortable make sure to let your practitioner know so they can adjust or remove the needle.

How many treatments are required?

It depends on the condition and how long it’s been going on. Typically acute conditions may only require 2 or 3 treatments. While chronic conditions may need treatments spread out over weeks or months.
When you come for your first appointment we will discuss a specific treatment plan for you.

Is Acupuncture covered under my personal insurance plan?

Acupuncture is covered under most extended health care plans.

Call 902.492.2102 or email info@maritimechiropractic.ca for more information.  An amazing team of health care professionals at Maritime Chiropractic & Wellness are waiting to provide you with the most innovative health care services Halifax has to offer.