Krisztina Boka, RAc
Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) Acupuncture is one of the oldest healing systems in the world. It has been used for thousands of years to treat all types of non-emergency medical conditions. TCM Acupuncture looks at the body as a whole, taking into account all aspects of life, including stress, diet, lifestyle, sleep, emotional and physical wellness.
TCM views the body as one interconnected whole, where vital energy referred to as Qi, flows along meridian pathways. Health problems arise when the Qi cannot flow freely. At Fotis Physio and Wellness our Acupuncturist offers various modalities that can direct and unblock the Qi, to improve specific functions of the body, increase energy, improve sleep, reduce stress, assist in weight loss and many other conditions. In essence, Acupuncture allows the body to function better.
What can I expect at my first Acupuncture visit?
Prior to your initial visit, you will be asked to complete a thorough health questionnaire. On your initial visit, your Acupuncturist will review the questionnaire with you and ask further questions to gain a solid understanding of your health and develop a treatment plan tailored to your needs. Your Acupuncturist will ask to look at your tongue, feel your pulse and perform any Range of Motion exercises and other palpation required for diagnostic purposes. Upon completing the assessment an individualized treatment plan will be developed and you will receive your first treatment.
What can a treatment involve?
Every treatment varies, and your Acupuncturist may use any combination of the following modalities to achieve maximum results:
- Acupuncture - insertion of hair-thin needles at specific points on the body
- Acupressure - applying pressure with fingers to specific points on the body
- Cupping - local suction is created on the skin with the use of cups
- GuaSha - gentle scraping of the skin
- Infrared Heat Therapy - application of heat onto a part of the body
- Laser - light therapy applied to the surface of the body
- Microcurrent - application of a micro current technology on the surface of the skin
- TuiNa - a form of massage
While the word Acupuncture implies the use of needles that puncture the skin, our Acupuncturist at Fotis Physio & Wellness offers a variety of treatment options that does not break the surface of the skin (does not use needles) yet follows the TCM theory on rebalancing the body. Non-needle techniques include: Microcurrent technology, laser therapy, Infrared heat therapy, Cupping, GuaSha, TuiNa and Acupressure. These modalities allow us to merge ancient healing wisdom with modern tools to rebalance the body.
What should I expect to feel during acupuncture?
Insertion of needles often goes unnoticed, and at times it may feel like a pinch followed by sensation of tingling, numbness, ache, warmth or heaviness that quickly subsides. Many patients feel deeply relaxed and fall asleep during treatment. Each non-needle technique has different sensations, vastly described as pleasant, and can vary from no sensation, to feeling of warmth, suction or pressure.
How often will I need treatment?
The number of acupuncture treatments depends on the duration, severity and nature of your concern. An acute condition may require only a single treatment.Chronic conditions often require a series of 6 or more treatments. Degenerative conditions may need ongoing treatments and long-term maintenance.
How is Acupuncture billed?
All treatment preformed by a Registered Acupuncturist is billed under Acupuncture.
What conditions can be treated with TCM Acupuncture?
- Stress / Anxiety
- Headaches / Migraines
- Quit Smoking
- Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS)
- Digestive Disorders
- Neck & Back Pain
- Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
- Plantar Fasciitis
- Tennis / Golfer's Elbow
- Knee Pain
- Frozen Shoulder
- And Many Other Conditions
Acupuncture and Science
Acupuncture is especially effective in treating pain, so much so that in 2003 the World Health Organization (WHO) published an official report listing 31 symptoms, conditions and diseases that have been shown in controlled trials to be treated effectively by Acupuncture:
- Low Back Pain
- Neck Pain
- Tennis Elbow
- Knee Pain
- Peri-Arthritis of the Shoulder
- Facial Pain
- Dental Pain
- Acute and Chronic Gastritis
- Rheumatoid Arthritis
- Induction of Labor
- Breech Birth Presentation
- Morning Sickness
- Nausea and Vomiting
- Postoperative Pain
- Essential Hypertension
- Primary Hypotension
- Renal Colic
- Radiation/Chemo Reactions
- Allergic Rhinitis
- Hay Fever
- Biliary Colic
- Acute Bacillary Dysentery
- Primary Dysmenorrhea
- Acute Epigastralgia
- Peptic Ulcer
How much does it cost?
- Acupuncture Initial Assessment (60-90 minutes): $ 135
- Follow up-treatment: $95 (60 minutes) & $60 (30 Minutes)
Do you have questions?
Book a complementary 15-minute consultation with our Acupuncturist today!