Acupuncture – Calgary NW
At the Centre for Chiropractic and Sports Rehabilitation, we have you covered for all of your soft-tissue injury needs. As a multi-practitioner establishment, we have several forms of treatment available including Acupuncture which is available with an Acupuncturist or with an Acupuncture provider as part of your chiropractic treatment. We have both male and female practitioners available for your acupuncture needs, making it possible for anyone to be comfortable receiving treatment.
Our Acupuncture Providers, Dr. Lynda Chen and Dr. Edward Wong typically use acupuncture to complement their chiropractic treatments, while Erik Colaiezzi, our Acupuncturist typically uses Acupuncture along with Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) – very similar, but with slight differences.
Acupuncture treatment is when thin needles are inserted into specific points along the body called acupoints. This practice can impact muscular, skeletal, neurological, digestive, respiratory, urinary and reproductive systems; and more specifically on the rehabilitation end of things, can be used to treat: Osteoarthritis, neck pain, chronic low back pain, sprains, headaches, pelvic and low back pain in pregnancy and fibromyalgia, among other things. Acupuncture works by signalling the release of the body’s natural analgesic and anti-inflammatory hormones to work against pain and inflammation.
Whether you choose to see one of our chiropractors to incorporate acupuncture to your soft-tissue chiropractic needs or you go the more traditional Acupuncture route, your practitioner will educate you on your condition and the treatment they feel best suits your situation. Should you choose to see our Acupuncturist in addition to a chiropractor or massage therapist, you can be sure that our practitioners will communicate (if you wish), regarding your condition and provide you with the best care in their power.
What To Expect During Your Visit
What to expect during your acupuncture treatment may vary greatly on whether you choose to see one of our Acupuncture Providers or Acupuncturist but also upon what condition you are having treated; but you can be sure that whoever you choose will first examine and interview you in order to determine the approach they feel will best suit your condition.
As part of a treatment with Dr. Chen or Dr. Wong you can generally expect that they will be treating a musculoskeletal injury and this treatment is probably a part of their treatment plan for your chiropractic care (which can included a variety of soft-tissue treatment methods including Active Release, Function Range Conditioning, Graston, etc.) – ie: reducing inflammation, treating osteoarthritis, pain, etc. They may use electroacupuncture depending on your condition and comfort level, in order to aid in increasing the rate of hormone release, or other needling techniques/styles.
As part of your Acupuncture treatment with Erik, you can also expect a variety of techniques including Cupping, Gua Sha (similar to the Graston technique), or looking at your personal dietary and general routines in addition to various needling techniques/styles or electroacupuncture. Chinese Herbal Supplements may also be prescribed to aid in your treatment, though Erik typically aims to treat through dietary changes as opposed to supplementation.
Some acupuncture treatments may include quickly moving needles in and out of the tissue in particularly problematic areas, others may remain stationary for an extended period of time, some may be connected to a machine for electroacupuncture – all of these techniques are used in different cases for different conditions, often simultaneously.
Frequently Asked Questions
What should I expect following treatment?
As practitioners, we do our best to avoid any negative response to needling, but sometimes bruising may occur, bleeding at the insertion site, and/or some achiness in the coming days.
How much does acupuncture cost in Calgary?
The cost for acupuncture with our Acupuncturist is $90 for a 60-minute treatment, and $135 for a 90-minute treatment.
*Our Chiropractors, who are also acupuncture practitioners, charge $90 for a 40-minute acupuncture treatment.
How many treatments will be required?
Every person and condition is different and as such, treatment time and response to treatment will vary. Generally, chronic conditions required more treatment than acute issues. Like with any form of conservative therapy, it generally requires a few treatments to gauge its effectiveness for each individual.
What can Acupuncture and TCM treat?
Some of the more common conditions that can be treated are:
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Will my benefits cover my treatment?
If you have Acupuncture coverage, your treatment with our Acupuncturist (Erik Colaiezzi), should be covered; however, our Acupuncture providers (Dr. Chen and Dr. Wong), are registered Chiropractors, and as such their treatments are billed under chiropractic care. We are only currently set up to directly bill Alberta Blue Cross and Green Shield Canada.
While there are many different options in Calgary for your Acupuncture needs, the Centre for Chiropractic and Sports Rehabilitation’s multi-practitioner, multi-approach to your condition brings you the best of the traditional approach to Acupuncture along with all of your other soft-tissue experts. Why would you go elsewhere when you can have it all in one place? Our practitioners look at each individual case separately, ensuring that your condition is taken seriously and nothing is missed that could be affecting your body’s ability to heal. With a multitude of treatment techniques available across our range of practitioners as well as both male and female practitioners, there is something for everyone.
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Modern-day cupping is typically done using glass or silicone cups. A vacuum is generated in the cup in order to create suction with the skin and the surface muscle layers.
Cupping is used in TCM to encourage healing in your body by moving qi, blood and lymphatic flow. This technique is commonly used to treat conditions such as acute or chronic pains, respiratory and musculoskeletal problems.
Gua Sha is a very old technique using a smooth-edged tool such as pieces of honed jade or buffalo horn. These tools are pressed and stroked on lubricated regions of the body. Press-stroking is performed sequentially, line by line, in one direction, until a reddish or purple mark appears on the skin – this occurrence is referred to as “Raising the sha”.
Gua Sha is used to release heat, move qi with blood and increase circulation of the body which also improves your immune system.