Acupuncture

This treatment involves the stimulation of acupuncture points at various locations in the body with fine needles. Your physiotherapist may offer acupuncture to complement your physiotherapy treatment. Only a physiotherapist with an acupuncture license is qualified to perform acupuncture.

How does acupuncture work?

Acupuncture helps to stimulate the release of endorphins in the body. Endorphins are your body’s own pain relieving chemicals. This can help in the treatment of painful conditions, injuries and muscle tension to name a few. It can also help to promote tissue healing and overall relaxation. There is no medicine in acupuncture needles. Only single use, sterile, disposable needles are used in our clinic.

Acupuncture

Acupuncture therapy involves the stimulation of acupuncture points at various locations in the body with fine needles. This can be helpful in treating painful orthopaedic conditions among other things. Your physiotherapist may offer acupuncture to complement your physiotherapy treatments. Only a physiotherapist with an acupuncture license is qualified to perform acupuncture in Winnipeg.

Before you book your acupuncture treatment

If you are interested in having acupuncture along with your physical therapy session, let your therapist know so they can go over a few things with you. We only offer acupuncture in conjunction with physiotherapy treatments.

 

Your acupuncture session must be booked ahead so that we can schedule more time for your treatment. Your acupuncture will add a minimum of 20 minutes to your treatment time. There is an additional fee for acupuncture therapy and we will go over any coverage options and costs prior to your treatment.

What can acupuncture therapy help with?

Acupuncture can help with a huge variety of issues. Within the scope of physiotherapy treatment, it can help to relieve pain that is musculoskeletal in nature, such as back and neck pain, joint pain, migraines, tendonitis, headaches, sciatica, etc. It can also be used to help reduce muscle tension and promote the healing of injuries.

What to expect during your first acupuncture treatment

When you attend your first acupuncture treatment at the clinic, you will be asked to read a basic information sheet about acupuncture therapy, as well as sign a consent form. Your physiotherapist will explain how your treatment will proceed and give you a chance to ask any questions. Your therapist will then begin treatment by cleaning the skin and inserting acupuncture needles in a variety of points in the body.

 

Only single use, sterile, disposable needles are used in our clinic. Once all of your needles have been inserted they will be left in for approximately 15-30 minutes. You will be encouraged to let your therapist know at any time if you experience discomfort. After that your needles will be removed and the remainder of your physical therapy session will be completed.

Does acupuncture hurt?

The sensations people feel during acupuncture can vary depending on the person and the point being done. Most patients feel very little discomfort when acupuncture needles are being inserted and some feel no pain at all. Once the needles are fully inserted you might feel an achy sensation or you may not even notice the needles are there. Acupuncture needles are so fine that they actually bend so that helps to minimize any discomfort. If you do experience discomfort during your treatment, your therapist can adjust any needle or remove it.

Winnipeg acupuncture licensing

Only physiotherapists who have obtained a Winnipeg acupuncture license are qualified to perform this type of therapy. Licensed physiotherapists have the option of pursuing post-graduate training in the use of traditional Chinese medicine techniques such as acupuncture. These programs involve a great deal of theoretical and hands on training as well as written and practical exams.

 

Upon successful completion of the program and approval by the College of Physiotherapists of Manitoba, a physiotherapist can then perform acupuncture treatments on patients in clinic. Physiotherapists will only perform acupuncture techniques that relate to the scope of physical therapy practice such as in the treatment of injuries, orthopaedic conditions, migraines, headaches, sleep difficulties, etc.

Do I need a doctor’s prescription to have acupuncture in Winnipeg?

No. Our clinic does not require a prescription for acupuncture treatments. However, some insurance plans may require a prescription for acupuncture to be covered. You can find out if your plan requires a prescription for acupuncture by calling your insurance provider. We can assist you to find out this information.

Does the clinic offer cupping treatments?

Yes. Our physiotherapists may use cupping as an alternative to massage as part of your physical therapy treatment. Cupping also has origins in traditional Chinese medicine and is commonly taught in acupuncture courses. This therapy involves the use of special cups that suction the skin to stimulate the area and increase blood flow. At our clinic we use silicone suction cups and usually move the cups around the skin with the help of massage gel. This helps to avoid any marks or bruises that can occur when the cups are left in place.

Is acupuncture right for you?

Acupuncture can be very effective in treating a huge range of conditions both in humans and interestingly, in animals as well. It may not be for everyone though, especially if you have certain contra-indications, precautions or are just very uneasy with needles. It is best to have an open discussion with your physiotherapist to determine whether or not acupuncture is right for you.

Acupuncture’s origins in traditional Chinese medicine

Acupuncture therapy was originally developed in China thousands of years ago. Acupuncture is one of several traditional Chinese medicine treatments that aims to balance energy in the body to promote good health. Western trained acupuncture therapists tend to use a more modern and anatomical approach when performing acupuncture therapy. Although each treatment method is different, they are both effective.

Acupuncture’s origins in traditional Chinese medicine

Acupuncture therapy was originally developed in China thousands of years ago. Acupuncture is one of several traditional Chinese medicine treatments that aims to balance energy in the body to promote good health.

Western trained acupuncture therapists tend to use a more modern and anatomical approach when performing acupuncture therapy. Although each treatment method is different, they are both effective.