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All About Acupuncture in Victoria

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Victoria Acupuncture uses traditional Chinese medicine in conjunction with modern science to help people of all ages and backgrounds. With acupuncture in Victoria BC, you tap into the expertise of skilled professionals who know how to maximize the benefits of acupuncture. Acupuncturists are highly trained professionals skilled in the technique of balancing an individual’s life force, called Qi, to relieve pain and promote health and wellness.

What Is Acupuncture and How Can It Help Me? 

Alternative medicine, such as acupuncture, is becoming increasingly popular for treating various conditions, such as headaches, depression, anxiety, digestive issues, back pain, and neck pain. Acupuncture sessions can last between 15 minutes and an hour and are performed by a Registered Acupuncturist.

During a Victoria acupuncture session, your acupuncturist inserts thin single-use needles into areas of the body called “acupoints” and leaves the needles in place for one to 30 minutes to affect the flow of qi. Qi is a life force that flows through meridians, or energy channels, in the body. The needles alter this life force to boost the body’s natural healing process. Only the shaft of the needle goes under the skin. The acupuncturist can manipulate the needles by hand or by attaching an electronic device after placement.

During a session, the acupuncturist adjusts the needles to alter the flow of qi. In addition, inserting needles into specific trigger points stimulates your body to produce natural pain relievers called endorphins that reduce pain and relax the mind and body.

Because the needles are so fine, acupuncture is not a painful process. People receiving acupuncture compare the sensation to tiny pinpricks, although many people experience very little sensation. As you receive acupuncture in Victoria, you work with acupuncturists trained and experienced in the art and science of acupuncture so that your experience is as pleasant as possible.

Ailments Acupuncture Can Help Manage 

Acupuncture is one of the most widely used complementary alternative medicine treatments in the world today. Its popularity continues to grow because it’s a safe and natural approach to lessening symptoms of various conditions, including digestive issues, arthritis, and certain types of pain.

As the list of conditions that acupuncture can help expands, its lack of significant side effects makes it an appealing alternative to medications. It can also be complementary therapy to more traditional treatments. Listed below are some of the many conditions that acupuncture may help.

Headaches: 

Acupuncture has a variety of applications and is effective for treating diverse types of pain. For example, there’s evidence that acupuncture relieves migraine frequency and may be as effective as some medications used to treat migraines. Since prescription medications for migraines have significant side effects for some people, acupuncture is a drug-free way to tame migraine pain and reduce headache frequency.

Menstrual Cramps: 

Monthly menstrual cramps and be mild to severe enough to disrupt daily activities. Although the discomfort is usually in the abdomen region, some people also feel pain in their back. Acupuncture can help alleviate menstrual cramps too. The pain relief benefits may come from releasing pain-relieving endorphins, specific muscle release or by other mechanisms as of yet unknown.

Back Pain (Upper and Lower): 

Back pain is one of the most common conditions people seek treatment for. Studies show that acupuncture helps ease the discomfort of back pain. Beyond altering the flow of qi, acupuncture increases blood flow to the injured muscles to maximize nutrient and oxygen delivery to support healing.

Dental Pain: 

Dental pain is one of the most disruptive types of pain, and one that makes it hard to chew or talk. By boosting endorphin release, acupuncture reduces discomfort in the mouth and jaw. A study found that acupuncture was as effective as non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications (NSAID) for relieving dental pain. It may also be beneficial for relieving anxiety during dental procedures.

Chemotherapy-induced Nausea: 

Chemotherapy delivers medications to the body for cancer treatment. Unfortunately, it can also cause side effects, including nausea and vomiting. Doctors often prescribe anti-emetics or drugs that prevent or control nausea for chemotherapy-induced nausea. However, these medications don’t work for all individuals. Acupuncture may be an effective way to treat chemotherapy-induced nausea in patients who do not respond well to medications.

Preparing for Your Acupuncture Appointment 

Preparing ahead of time for an acupuncture session in Victoria will ensure the most comfortable experience. Eat an adequate meal before your appointment to prevent hunger, but don’t overeat. Hydration is important. Drink fluids, but avoid caffeinated beverages, stimulants, and alcohol on the day of your session.

Prior to your session, you will be emailed a New Patient Intake Form. This is a very detailed questionnaire aimed at gathering your prior health history, current medications and details about your overall state of health. This allows your practitioner to adequately prepare for your Victoria acupuncture session and also to maximize your treatment time. 

Finally, during your acupuncture treatment, you will be offered the option to undress and settle under a sheet. Should you prefer to remain dressed, we recommend comfortable clothing that fits loosely on your body. Wearing loose clothing makes it easier for the acupuncturist to apply the needles in the appropriate areas. Plus, you’ll feel more comfortable and relaxed if your clothing isn’t tight or restrictive.

How Many Acupuncture Sessions Does It Take to See Results? 

Depending on your condition and its severity, you may need multiple acupuncture sessions to achieve the best results. In general, acupuncture takes five to twenty sessions, but many notice improvement after a session or two. Your acupuncturist will discuss a personalized  treatment plan with you during your initial acupuncture appointment.

Book Your Acupuncture Session Today 

Acupuncture Therapy Victoria provides acupuncture services by Genevieve Turgeon who is trained and registered in its art. When you book an appointment, you’ll enjoy the benefits of a knowledgeable and well-trained practitioner and a relaxing setting. Our Victoria Acupuncture Clinic provides the highest standard of care for all its patients. With a wealth of experience, I will ensure you get the best possible treatment for your specific needs.

Do you have questions? I am here to answer them and help you determine whether acupuncture is right for you. Why not book an appointment today and discover what acupuncture in Victoria can offer you?

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