How long is a treatment?
Your first visit may take 60-90minutes. This includes a detailed consultation, assessment, and treatment. Follow up treatments take 30-45minutes.
What does Acupuncture feel like?
You may feel a Deqi sensation as the needle is inserted. This may be a warm or cold sensation, a tingly feeling that can travel up or down the limb, a dull achy feeling or just a little prick. These are common feelings that last just a second then go away. Throughout your treatment which usually lasts about 30 minutes, you may feel the needles communicating with each other. Acupuncture can be quite relaxing, as most people fall asleep during treatments.
Is it Painful?
No. The needles are so fine you won't even notice they are there. Some techniques may be used to enhance your treatment that brings awareness to the needle. You are in control of your treatment. If anything is uncomfortable the needle can be removed and/or the treatment stopped.
Are the needles sterile?
Each needle is sterile, individually wrapped, used only once, and then disposed of in a sharp container.
What should I bring to my treatment?
Many acupuncture points are found on the limbs especially around the knees and elbows, so dressing in shorts and a t-shirt, or adjustable clothing may be appropriate. If needles are required on other areas of the body you will be draped with linens like in a massage therapy treatment.
Please make sure you have eaten within two hours of your treatment.
What does a treatment cost?
Initial consultation, assessment and treatment $65
Follow up treatments $40
Is Acupuncture Covered by my Insurance?
Maybe. Because Acupuncture is not a Regulated Health Profession it's difficult for insurance companies to determine who is qualified to practice acupuncture. I have an honours diploma in Traditional Chinese Medicine Acupuncture. I am a member of the Canadian Association of Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine (CAATCM), and hold an association number. Check with your insurance provider to see if you are covered.
Your appointment is reserved just for you. Please mark it on your calendar, in your appointment book, or in your electronic organization aids. A reminder call or email (your choice) will be made the day before your appointment at your request. Minimum of 12 hours notice is required. The office is closed on the weekend, so if you need to cancel an appointment on Monday please call by Friday. Cancelled appointments with less than 12 hours notice will be billed $30. Missed appointments will be billed the full fee of the treatment. You can always send a friend in your place.