Acupuncture

Pro-Active Physiotherapy provides acupuncture services in Edmonton.

Acupuncture is a Time Honoured Practice of Eastern Medicine

Our physiotherapists use acupuncture to reduce or relieve pain and improve the function of affected areas of the body. We use anatomical acupuncture to assist in treating common musculoskeletal problems such as low back pain, headaches/migraines, repetitive strain injuries, fibromyalgia, plantar fasciitis, nerve impingements, and osteoarthritis, among numerous other injuries.

The Fusion of Eastern and Western Medicine

Acupuncture is one of the key components of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) that involves the stimulation of points on the body through the insertion of very thin, solid filiform acupuncture needles into the skin to achieve a therapeutic effect. Anatomical acupuncture refers to the approach taken today by western-trained healthcare providers and combines the knowledge of traditional acupuncture with western-learned anatomy, physiology, and pathophysiology.

How Acupuncture Works

Acupuncture points on the body are places where nerves, muscles and connective tissue can be stimulated, and this stimulation increases blood flow while at the same time triggering the activity of our own body’s natural painkillers. Acupuncture encourages natural healing and can improve your mood and energy. It is safe and effective and is often successfully used as an alternative to medications and an adjunct to physiotherapy treatment techniques.

What Acupuncture Treats

Conditions that are effectively treated by acupuncture include:
• Sciatica
• Tennis elbow
• Patellofemoral pain
• Rotator cuff tendinopathy
• Plantar fasciitis
• Low back pain
• Whiplash
• Neck pain
• Headaches
• Temporomandibular joint (TMJ) problems
• Osteoarthritis

Your Questions about Acupuncture Answered:

Does acupuncture hurt?
While you may feel some tingling or a sensation of heaviness around the needle, acupuncture does not hurt. The needles are extremely thin – similar to the width of a strand of hair. In fact, most people find the procedure relaxing and very comfortable.

Are the needles reused?
No. Needles are single-use, sterilized, individually packaged, and disposed of after your treatment. We only use needles and procedures that are approved of by the College and Association of Acupuncturists of Alberta.

Will I bleed where the needles are inserted?
No. Bleeding and bruising are not typically seen with acupuncture treatment.

Why is acupuncture so popular?
Acupuncture is so well received because not only does it work for a wide variety of symptoms, it is a medication-free treatment with no pharmaceutical side effects. It can also be easily combined with other treatments for more effective pain relief.

Will I feel the needles as they go in?
Some people feel a slight sensation as the needles are inserted, while others do not.

Is acupuncture covered by my health insurance?
Most benefit plans cover acupuncture. We can check your plan before your appointment and if you have coverage, we will direct bill your insurer.

How do I get the best acupuncture services in Edmonton?
Simply call or book an appointment through our website. Referrals are not needed to have your pain relieved and wellness improved thanks to our expert physiotherapy treatments in Edmonton. Learn how this centuries-old treatment can improve your life today.