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Acupuncture in Alberta & Ontario

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Traditional Healing Techniques for Pain Relief

Acupuncture is a 3,000-year-old technique based on traditional Chinese medicine that works to stimulate the balance and flow of Qi (pronounced chee) energy in the body. It’s thought that when the body is healthy, Qi flows freely through its conceptual pathways. When the balance or flow of Qi is obstructed, the body becomes more susceptible to disease and illness.

Acupuncture is a safe and effective alternative to medication that can treat both the symptoms and causes of a patient’s illness. Acupuncture stimulates the release of endorphins (the body’s natural pain-relieving neurohormones) through the insertion of superfine needles into specific body points to encourage natural healing.

When you visit Optimum Wellness Centres for a consultation, you will be met with friendly staff to check and make sure that all of your required information is on file. We will then have a no-obligation conversation about why you seek treatment and what you want to get out of it.

Your health history and lifestyle will then be discussed to pinpoint the underlying cause for your pain or discomfort.

Your acupuncturist will discuss your pain points with you to identify where you will benefit most from treatment. They will then thoroughly explain the process and answer any questions you may have.

After the initial discussion, your acupuncturist can best diagnose the cause of your pain and begin developing a treatment plan to relieve symptoms. They may also recommend additional therapies, such as Chinese herbs.

Treatment Options & Plans

During treatment, your acupuncturist will have you lie on your back, side, or front, depending on where the needles need to be inserted. They will use sterile, single-use, disposable needles. You may experience a brief stinging or tingling sensation as they’re inserted.

After the needles are inserted, you may feel a dull ache at each insertion site that typically subsides. Most patients report acupuncture as being relatively painless.

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FAQs

The number of treatments needed will depend solely on your unique needs. For example, a patient with a severe chronic condition may need several sessions over several months, whereas a mild ailment may only need a few treatments.

There is a wide range of disorders and conditions that acupuncture has been proven to help. Some of the most common include:

  • Lower back pain
  • Neck pain
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Knee pain
  • Headaches & migraines

In 2003, the World Health Organization listed several additional conditions where acupuncture has been proven effective. You can view them here.

Acupuncture is an age-old style of treating pain and illness proven to be effective in many different ways. When performed correctly, acupuncture is very safe and has few side effects. Additionally, acupuncture can be used in tandem with other treatments and may help individuals who are unable to take pain medication.

Acupuncture is meant to be accessible to all who may need it, so you do not need a doctor’s referral to access treatment.

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Safe Stretching

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Safe Stretching

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How do we stretch safely to avoid injury? Follow these guidelines, and talk to your therapist about which stretches are best for you! There is no good or bad stretch s- its about what is appropriate for YOU! Warm-up: This prepares the body and mind for the stretches, increases the muscle temperature, and increases blood […]

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March 24, 2020
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How do we stretch safely to avoid injury? Follow these guidelines, and talk to your therapist about which stretches are best for you! There is no good or bad stretch s- its about what is appropriate for YOU! Warm-up: This prepares the body and mind for the stretches, increases the muscle temperature, and increases blood […]

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Types Of Stretching

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Types Of Stretching

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If you want to maximize the benefits of stretching, finding the right type and category of stretches is important. Static Stretching: These are stretches that have no movement. Once you’re in the stretch, you stay there for the duration of the exercise. The muscle is stretched, under tension, and it’s opposing muscles are relaxed. Then […]

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March 24, 2020
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If you want to maximize the benefits of stretching, finding the right type and category of stretches is important. Static Stretching: These are stretches that have no movement. Once you’re in the stretch, you stay there for the duration of the exercise. The muscle is stretched, under tension, and it’s opposing muscles are relaxed. Then […]

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Benefits Of Stretching

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Benefits Of Stretching

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This article is going to dive deeper into the specific benefits of stretching. If you have more specific questions, talk to your provider. Improved Range of Motion: By putting out body in certain positions, we help lengthen the muscles involved. This helps reduce muscle tension and we can increase our range of motion. Why does […]

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March 23, 2020
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This article is going to dive deeper into the specific benefits of stretching. If you have more specific questions, talk to your provider. Improved Range of Motion: By putting out body in certain positions, we help lengthen the muscles involved. This helps reduce muscle tension and we can increase our range of motion. Why does […]

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