What is Acupuncture?
Acupuncture restores health and harmony through the insertion of fine, single-use, pre-sterilized needles at specific points chosen in accordance with the Client's individual needs and diagnosis.
Does Acupuncture hurt?
Some form of sensation is usually experienced during an acupuncture treatment. Generally, pain is not the desired result, although a pricking sensation is commonly felt when the needles are first inserted through the skin.
What will I feel?
Acupuncture may invoke a variety of sensations based on the location and manipulation of the needles and of course, the individual's response. Common experiences include tingling, heaviness, distension, numbness, a dull ache, and a sensation that radiates away from the point of insertion or perhaps nothing at all.
Are there any harmful side effects?
A common side effect is the worsening of the original symptoms for a period of 24-48 hours after an acupuncture treatment. Other general changes in appetite, sleep, bowel/urination patterns or emotional state may be triggered. However, these should not cause concern, as they are simply indications that acupuncture is starting to work as the blocked Qi (energy) that is wedged in areas of your body is being released. This effect is analogous to a kinked garden hose; when the hose is straightened, the built up pressure makes the water burst out and immediately afterwards flow returns to normal.
Other common side effects usually experienced immediately after treatment include dizziness and nausea, but these effects quickly subside. Bruising of the needled area may also occur.Done properly, acupuncture rarely causes serious side effects. As a matter of fact, National Institutes of Health recently concluded that acupuncturists have an extremely good safety record. However, there have been documented cases of skin infection and disease transmission, which have been the result of poor practice. Acupuncture is an invasive procedure and should therefore only be practiced by those who have had proper training. In such cases, it is proven to be a safe and effective form of treatment. At Kneaded Care, we use pre-sterilized, single-use needles that are appropriately disposed of upon removal.
What are the benefits of acupuncture?
Because of its holistic and natural approach to treating illness, Acupuncture also provides many long-term general health benefits such as:
- Strengthening and balancing the vital energy (immune system) for prevention and treatment of disease;
- Regulating and strengthening the functional activities of the internal organs;
- Relaxing and strengthening the musculoskeletal system; and,
- Calming the mind and relieving anxiety.
Hundreds of studies have shown positive results for acupuncture, and herbal medicine treatments, including a review by Harvard Medical School in 2002. The World Health Organization (WHO) has concluded that acupuncture is a safe and effective treatment for many common health problems, including the following:
• Acid Reflux|
• Appetite Suppression
• Carpal Tunnel
• Chronic Fatigue
• Common Cold and Flu
• Emotional Problems
• Eye Problems
• Facial Paralysis
• Facial Pain
• Frozen Shoulder
• Heart Disease
• Immune Deficiencies
• Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)
• Lower Back Pain
• Menstrual Irregularities
• Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
• Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS)
• Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
• Poor Memory
• Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD)
• Smoking Cessation
• Sore Throat
• Stomach Problems
• Tennis Elbow
• Thyroid Disease
• Urinary Tract Infection
• Work/Sports Injuries
How much time should I set aside for a typical appointment?
Appointment times vary in length depending on various factors such as the Client's condition, the type of treatment necessary, etc. A new Client requires a full one hour for the initial visit. A typical follow-up appointment takes 30-60 minutes.
What can I expect during my first appointment?
Please inform the front desk of your arrival and someone will assist you with completing an application form for acupuncture. Your Acupuncture Practitioner will take you to a private treatment room where you will be consulted and treated. This is a two-step process:
1. Information gathering:
We discuss the main reasons of your visit, look at your medical history and ask a series of questions specifically related to your concerns.
Based on our conclusions, we will design a treatment plan tailored to your specific needs. This treatment plan may involve more than one aspect of acupuncture (acupuncture, herbs, etc.) and typically a number of follow-up appointments.
Is there anything I should do to prepare for my appointment?
- Eat or drink as you normally would throughout the day prior to your appointment. It's best not to overindulge immediately before a treatment, but don't deprive yourself of nourishment either.
- If necessary, use the washroom as needed before treatment.
- Bring a list of any medications, supplements, or herbs, etc. that you are currently taking.
- Wear loose-fitting clothing that is convenient for accessing areas such as the arms, legs, abdomen and back of the body during treatments.
Cosmetic or facial acupuncture is also known as an acupuncture facelift. It is a safe, effective, natural, and drug free treatment to reduce the signs of aging.
It is the holistic alternative to expensive and invasive plastic surgery, Botox injections, laser and chemical peels. It is also significantly less expensive than western surgical and chemical treatments. There are no negative side effects, and the causes of aging are treated - not just masked.
Treatment Benefits and what can I expect:
- takes 5 - 10 years off your face;
- helps eliminate fine lines and makes skin appear softer;
- relaxes muscle tone therefore reduces wrinkles, erasing fine lines and deep line reduction;
- improves circulation and oxygenation of the skin;
- lifts and firms skin;
- lightens age spots;
- firms under-eye bags and lightens dark circles;
- lifts droopy eyelids and reduces puffiness;
- increases natural collagen production;
- minimizes double chins;
- tightens pores;
- brightens eyes;
- controls acne; and,
- gives you a natural and healthy complexion.
For maximized benefit, a series of 10-12 sessions are suggested 1-2 times per week.
Our Acupuncturist also offers Gemmotherapy within his Acupuncture treatment to aid in drainage and detoxification.
Gemmotherapy is a specialized form of herbal medicine that uses remedies made from the buds and young shoots of trees and shrubs, picked just as they emerge in the spring.
Containing high concentrations of nutrients, vitamins, plant hormones and enzymes, gemmotherapy remedies have a dual action in therapy:
- drainage and detoxification of the whole person or of certain organs; and,
- supporting and healing different tissues and organs.
Their basic draining action may be explained by the outward-moving energy of the buds and young shoots.
Gemmotherapy takes its name from 'gemma', the Latin word for bud (and also for a precious stone, though there is no connection between gemmotherapy and gem therapy).
The remedies act predominantly on a physical level. They are used in a variety of clinical situations and can solve specific problems that come up all the time in practice:
- to clear environmental toxins or metabolic waste products from the organs and tissues as part of a detoxification protocol;
- to drain the emunctories (the organs of elimination) when they are under-functioning;
- to stimulate the immune system;
- to support, nourish and maintain weakened or susceptible parts of the body;
- to prepare the body for the deeper action of another treatment, such as a homeopathic remedy, when there could be a risk of an aggravation;
- synergistically with other therapies, for a greater combined effect;
- when deeper forms of treatment are too slow in bringing relief of physical symptoms;
- symptomatically for the relief of acute, sub-acute or chronic physical symptoms; and,
- to calm aggravations without throwing off any underlying curative action that may be taking place.
Kneaded Care is now providing high quality acupuncture in a group setting. New to Kneaded Care, this type of service is not new to the practice of acupuncture. In Asia, acupuncture has been traditionally provided in a group or community setting.
In Brantford, acupuncture treatments range in price from $75-$90. At this rate, receiving acupuncture even once a week is not an affordable option for many people. Insurance and benefit packages are limited in coverage for acupuncture meaning Clients are out of pocket for treatment or they simply go without. Kneaded Care is committed to providing community acupuncture (CA), on a sliding scale of $25-$40 depending on condition(s) treated.
How does CA work?
CA treatments are provided in the same manner that a teacher presents a lesson to students. Each has their own chair. There may or may not be any interaction between Clients, each is free to do as they please during treatment. CA can be provided to specific groups of Clients or Clients may sign up for an open session on their own.
Do Clients remain clothed during treatment?
Yes. We recommend loose-fitting clothing that can be easily rolled up to the elbows and knees, and other needle points (or jing-lou points) such as the head, chest and abdomen can be accessed without the removal of clothing.