What Is Acupuncture (Chinese Medicine Vs. Western)?

In Western Acupuncture, needles are inserted into anatomical structures. Variations include electroacupuncture, IMS (intramuscular stimulation) and dry needling. These treatment options mainly concentrate on increasing the blood flow to the problematic area. Common providers of Western Acupuncture include:

  • Physiotherapists
  • Chiropractors
  • Physicians
  • Dentists
  • Registered Acupuncturists
In Traditional Chinese Medicine Acupuncture services, needles are inserted into meridian points.
The treatment approach looks at qi (flow of energy) and the technique is used to balance energy flow. Common providers of Traditional Acupuncture include:
  • Acupuncturists
  • Traditional Chinese Medicine practitioners

A Safe, Effective Alternative

One of the top reasons why patients are choosing Calgary acupuncture over other therapies is because it provides pain relief while being minimally invasive without the risk of unpleasant side effects. Surgery can be dangerous, expensive, and leave you out of commission while you recover. Prescription pain medications can be dangerous and addictive while not addressing the root cause of your pain.

With acupuncture care, we address the cause of your pain, instead of just masking it.

Acupuncture uses therapeutic techniques that have withstood the test of time to stimulate your entire body’s natural ability to heal itself. In addition to pain relief and healing, acupuncture therapy is known to provide relief to a wide variety of common health issues including but not limited to:


What common conditions do we treat?

  • Relaxes muscles
  • Improves the function of your immune system
  • Improves the function of your endocrine system (helps balance hormones)
  • Increased mental clarity and overall mental wellbeing
  • Better sleep quality
  • Relief from chronic nausea
  • Breaks down scar tissue
  • Speed up recovery time after surgery
  • Increase the effectiveness of other physiotherapy treatments
  • Neck pain
  • Back pain
  • Joint pains from arthritis conditions
  • Motor vehicle accident
  • Hip pain
  • Muscle injury
  • Hormone imbalance
  • Mild auto-immune diseases
  • Acute conditions
  • Poor blood circulation
  • Pain stress
Your First Visit At Our Clinic

At Alberta Physiotherapy we recognize that every person is unique and requires individualized treatment. At your first visit, we’ll start by getting to know you and your medical history and doing a thorough assessment of your condition. We’ll discuss your condition and what you hope to achieve through treatment. We’ll go over the process and make sure you feel comfortable before beginning your acupuncture session.

In addition to being skilled treatment providers, we also pride ourselves on being knowledgeable educators and we love sharing what we know. We want to help you better understand your condition and what you can do to achieve optimal health and wellness. Expertise with Acupuncture can provide advice and recommendations to help you with your diet and daily activities to help you meet your goals.

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Frequently Asked Questions About Acupuncture

1. How much does acupuncture treatment cost?

Acupuncture Fees at AlbertaPT clinic vary depending on the service provided and the funding source fee guideline. On average, acupuncture fees by our Calgary Acupuncturist range from $70 to $130 per treatment. Physiotherapists doing acupuncture may add the service as part of a physiotherapy visit. Rates range from $70 to $100 per treatment.



2. Is acupuncture painful?

No. Acupuncture is not a painful treatment. Due to the needles being incredibly thin, most people don’t even feel them being placed. The most you might feel is a slight pinching sensation. Treatment may cause subtle sensations such as mild tingling as well as slight soreness or numbness of the area being treated, but these sensations are not long-lasting.

3. Should I do Western or Traditional Acupuncture?

If your injury is physical in nature, most patients will do best with a physiotherapist. If your injury is not physical in nature (i.e. Smoke cessation, Weight loss, etc), you should consult an acupuncturist or Traditional Chinese Medicine practitioner.

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Don’t wait for your condition to worsen. Whether your profession has you in pain from repetitive movements and being on your feet all day or you’ve got something more complicated going on, we want you to have the same life-changing experience so many of our patients already have. Start your journey to pain relief and optimal health today.

How to Make an Appointment

1. Email: ask@albertaPT.com
2. Web: click "Schedule an Appointment"

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