Acupuncture is a nerve stimulation technique that uses fine needles and sometimes mild electrical stimulation for a therapeutic purpose. Acupuncture can be offered from a Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) approach using meridians and Qi or a contemporary medical approach using pain points and gentle electrical stimulation. Each style has a different purpose, and at Durand Health, we have practitioners that offer both!
Using disposable and sterile needles no thicker than a strand of hair, they are inserted into specific points on the body. These needles create stimulation in the skin, your lymphatic and circulatory systems and results in putting the body into repair mode.
TCM Acupuncture vs Contemporary Acupuncture
Traditional Acupuncture follows the Traditional Chinese Medicine practice of energy, or “Qi”. This constant flow through the body is what keeps our internal forces balanced. Sometimes, the flow of Qi can become blocked, which results in a lack of function, pain, or illness. The placement of needles follows the network of pathways or meridians in the body that are connected to the function of muscles, nerves, joints, tendons, and internal organs. Acupuncture can release this blockage through stimulation to evoke the body’s natural healing process.
Contemporary medical acupuncture is designed to help treat any condition through tissue-specific acupuncture needle insertion points, with or without electrical stimulation. Targeting muscles, joints, and nerves throughout the body to help promote healing and regulation of the injured area. Contemporary acupuncture is often used in conjunction with other treatment modalities.
Who provides acupuncture at Durand Health?
Dr. Amani El Sawaf, Naturopath (N.D.)
Spring Shen, Registered Acupuncturist (R. Ac) & Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioner (R. TCMP)
Sophia Bolos, Registered Massage Therapist (RMT) & Registered Acupuncturist (R. Ac)
Dr. Greg Bolger, Chiropractor (D.C.)
Dr. Julia Tolton, Naturopath (N.D.)
Acupuncture services are billed according to each practitioner’s respective discipline. Please check your benefits plan to see how we can best serve you or call us HERE with inquiries.
Acupuncture Can Help With:
- Anxiety & Depression
- TMJ (Temporomandibular Joint) Pain
- Pain (Neck, Back, Shoulder, Wrists, Hands, Knees, Ankles, Feet)
When needed, our acupuncturists may work collaboratively with other healthcare practitioners within the clinic including physicians, chiropractors, physiotherapists, naturopaths, chiropodists, and massage therapists to best manage your health needs. Please inquire for more information.