Integrated modern and classical techniques
Versatile and effective, gentle and relaxing
Reduces pain and supports homeostasis
Electrical stimulation to acupuncture needles
Improved efficacy for many conditions
Comfortable and effective
Reduces pain and inflammation
Clears pathogens and stagnant blood
Myofascial decompression and release
We make sure all our new patients feel welcome, safe, and taken care of. Before your first appointment, you will receive an intake/consent form to complete on-line. Please complete as much or as little of this as you are comfortable with - at the minimum your main complaint and a brief history of this complaint, as well as any other health concerns or prior conditions. During your first visit, Sean will review your medical history, health goals and what to expect during treatment. After, you will lie either on your back or front on a massage table (loose pants and a loose top are most comfortable and it allows Sean to access all the points necessary for the treatment). It is also recommended to remove shoes and socks.
Sometimes it is more convenient to remove some article(s) of clothing and use a sheet for draping purposes.
The temperature in the room is comfortable and there is also a heat lamp for added warmth and circulation.
Sean may palpate your skin, feel your pulse or look at your tongue, depending on the treatment plan and what you are working on. He will then clean each area to be needled with alcohol, to prepare for the acupuncture. During this time you may be chatting and sharing more information.
The high-quality, sterile, single-use needles are held in a guide tube - a slim, plastic tube that holds the needles in place and allows for precision of placement. You will feel the guide tube on your skin before the needle is gently tapped. Electrical stimulation of the needles with a high-quality machine may be included with the treatment. This is comfortable and pain-free.
You will then relax in comfort, with low light and relaxing music for 30-45 minutes, depending on the treatment protocol. Acupressure or cupping therapy may also be used, before or after the acupuncture treatment.
Is it safe? Does it hurt?
Needles inserted during an acupuncture treatment should be painless. Every patient experience is different; patients may experience bruising, bleeding, needle site pain and sensation, or needle fainting. However, these symptoms may be expected (minimal bleeding) and desired (tingle, tight sensation - "de qi response"). Patients should inform the practitioner if any discomfort arises.
Is dry needling the same as TCM acupuncture?
Dry needling is a technique used by Western practitioners such as physiotherapists, chiropractors, and occupational therapists etc. based on strictly body anatomy as opposed to TCM principals. Thin metal needles are inserted in specific muscle trigger points to release tension and pain. Dry needling does not apply any TCM principles nor diagnosis. Hence, dry needling practitioners are not necessarily receiving the same level of training as set out by the standards of our College. In other words, those who practise dry needling might not meet the requirements to use the title of "Registered Acupuncturist" or "Registered Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioner" in the province of Ontario.
Acupuncture is a regulated profession in Ontario. The College (CTCMPAO) is the governing body established by the government of Ontario, under the Regulated Health Professions Act, 1991 and the Traditional Chinese Medicine Act, 2006.
The law in Ontario requires that every practitioner must be a registered member of the College (CTCMPAO).
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