Relieving Pain and Limitations with Acupuncture
At Miller Health, we are able to offer both Traditional Chinese Acupuncture (TCM) and Medical Contemporary Acupuncture (CMA). Using knowledge of anatomy, physiology and pathology, we can provide pain relieve, and alter movement patterns, improving overall function. Acupuncture has been widely studied, and has been shown to be effective in reducing chronic pain, amongst other common conditions.
Using painless needling techniques, acupuncture is often incorporated into your Plan of Care for a variety of conditions.
Acupuncture and TCM
Acupuncture affects the body’s neural and hormonal systems through the painless insertion of stainless steel needles into specific areas of your body.
The well established meridians – strings of acupuncture points connected to various organ systems – provide a framework for the use of needle acupuncture, cupping, acupressure, gua sha, moxibustion, and other modalities. There is a clear emphasis on the prevention of illness by maintaining homeostasis within the body.
Acupuncture is one component of the TCM philosophy and offers a unique perspective on our health that is complementary to the rest of our team members’ professions.
A Registered Acupuncturist is part of a regulated college, like Physiotherapists and Chiropractors in Ontario.
What to Expect During Your Acupuncture Appointment?
- A general health assessment because you are unique and this will help determine the most effective treatment;
- Asking deeper questions relating to your current symptoms such as pain, past treatments, medical history, diet, digestive system, sleeping patterns and emotional health;
- The Registered Acupuncturist may take your pulse and assess the structure, colour and coating of your tongue;
- The Registered Acupuncturist will choose specific acupuncture points and begin treatment.
What is Contemporary Medical Acupuncture?
Many of our Physiotherapists and Chiropractors practice Contemporary Medical Acupuncture (CMA) and incorporate this into your plan of care. CMA is a peripheral nerve stimulation technique where very fine and painless stainless steel needles are inserted into specific areas of your body.
You can expect the needles may be manually stimulated or with electricity with the therapeutic purpose of balancing the nervous, exocrine, endocrine, and/or immune systems.
What Conditions Does Acupuncture Treat?
The systems which can be affected by acupuncture through neurofunctional sites include:
The overarching efficacy of Acupuncture as a means to treat these systems means that it has virtually limitless potential for aiding specific ailments as well. Chronic pain management is one of the most common reasons patients choose to explore acupuncture, but it’s far from the only one.
Unlike TCM, CMA is mechanism based which is reflected in the selection of goals and treatment targets. CMA has shown to be effective in the treatment of MSK pain and injuries, movement disorders, functional problems, problems of dysregulation, headaches, stress-related disorders, and chronic pain.v
Physical Responses to Acupuncture Treatment
Being that it is a time-tested Eastern tradition, there’s no doubt that millions of people have felt the curative properties of acupuncture. While it’s one thing to say that acupuncture can eliminate pain, mitigate functional issues, and even help prevent disease, it’s quite another to explain why.
Essentially, there are three main ways that acupuncture treatment impacts the body:
- It improves nerve signaling so different parts of the body are better equipped for communicating
- It promotes greater circulation in the areas where the treatment is focused
- It leads to a decrease in muscle tension surrounding the focus area
Still, every acupuncture treatment will feature the same mechanics. This is, perhaps, the most wonderful part about acupuncture: it’s very simple, yet very effective, and completely customizable. There’s no such thing as one size fits all acupuncture—especially when it comes to receiving these treatments at Miller Health.
Breaking Down Acupuncture Cost
Because it can provide concrete medical results, acupuncture is covered by many insurance plans, but not all of them. At Miller Health, we do our best to work with patients to find payment options that best work for them, including direct billing.
For those unsure of whether or not their insurance plans cover acupuncture, a simple call to the provider will clear up any doubt and allow you to book your first session with Miller Health so you can start feeling better as soon as possible.
Choosing The Right Acupuncture Clinic
As mentioned above, acupuncture is a highly personalized treatment. It requires a great deal of customization and care in order to be truly effective. For this reason, it’s crucial to select a clinic that places a large emphasis on long appointment times to give every patient the attention they deserve.
Additionally, finding credibly trained practitioners will make a world of difference when it comes to the quality of the acupuncture treatments a clinic offers. A practitioner who has studied the art of acupuncture extensively will be able to remedy patients’ concerns much more effectively than one who has not.
At Miller Health, we provide some of the longest appointments of any clinic in Orillia, and many of our practitioners are highly trained in TCM or CMA What’s more, because we are a multidisciplinary clinic, our team can prescribe acupuncture treatment alongside several other therapies to provide the most effective care possible.
To finally regain a sense of overall health and reduce pain, contact Miller Health to schedule acupuncture treatment today.