Medical Acupuncture in St. John's
What Is Acupuncture?
Acupuncture is a branch of ancient Chinese medicine in which tiny filiform needles are placed into specific areas in the body know as acupuncture points to manipulate the natural energy of the body. Fourteen major energy channels called meridians pass through the human body including the head, arms, feet, torso and internal organs. A subtle energy called chi circulates via the meridians to all the parts of the body. According to the ancient Chinese “chi/ki” is the vital force and its balance unimpeded flow is critical to sound health. Any misdirection or blockage of the flow of chi can result in pain, dysfunction and ill health.
With acupuncture needles, acupuncturist stimulates certain points along the course of the meridians. Such stimulation helps restore the normal balance and flow of “chi/ki” thus making everything work in harmonious way and helping the body repair and maintain itself.
Why Should I See An Acupuncturist?
It is commonly understood that acupuncture can treat pain, however there are several ailments ranging from chronic to acute care for which acupuncture can be quite beneficial. It is effective in treating of stress, anxiety, depression and addiction related issues and can be combined with western medicine to treat your ailments; you don’t have to choose one over another. World Health Organization has listed over 40 medical conditions which have proven to be effectively treated by acupuncture. These include:
- Ear, Nose and throat Disorders
- Upper respiratory Tract Disorders
- Acute sinusitis
- Gastrointestinal Disorders
- Chronic duodenal ulcer (pain)
- Chronic colitis
- Neurological Disorders
- Musculo-Skeletal Disorders
- Tennis elbow
- Frozen shoulder
- Low back pain
Source: Wilkinson J, Faleiro R. Acupuncture in Pain Management Contin Educ Anaesth Crit Care Pain (2007) 7(4): 135-138.
What To Expect When Visiting An Acupuncturist at Action Physiotherapy?
The first thing our acupuncturist will do is to familiarize themselves with your medical history and symptoms and describe to you what acupuncture is and what to expect from this session. It is good idea to tell your acupuncturist the top three things you will like them to address during the treatment and answer all questions honestly. This will be followed by a physical examination in which the acupuncturist will check your pulse to determine how energy is flowing through your body. They will also be looking at your tongue, complexion, palpations on the abdomen, and other signs to check for energy blockages. Overall, the beginning of the session involves assessing the energy flow and to determine patterns or symptoms indicating which channels/meridians require more attention. Based on their assessment, the acupuncturist will identify the energy blockages in your body and create a custom treatment plan which details the appropriate course of action for your condition.
After the treatment, it is advisable to rest and drink lots of water as acupuncture is a detoxification process. If you would like to try natural, safe, effective & drug free alternative to pain and other ailments, contact our acupuncturist at our clinic to book an appointment.
- Initial Assessment: $90.00
- 1-Hour Treatment: $85.00
- 45-Minute Treatment: $75.00
- 30-Minute Treatment: $60.00