Acupuncture is widely seen as a great treatment for muscle aches and pains anywhere in the body - I collaborate with the healing systems of your body, to boost your healing, and shorten your recovery times.
But did you know that by seeing the body as a complete system, we can also tackle what burdens you so you have the freedom, inspiration and energy to live your life. We can look at your body, your mind, and your spirit, because harmony between the three is an integral part of a happy life.Acupuncture can be relevant for
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ACUPUNCTURE, using one-time-use disposable filiform needles, and informed by a rigorous intake. My intent is to augment your energy targetting. Every treatment is a blend of targetting the root cause, while managing your symptoms. Acupuncture also has an inherent beneficial on the body's nervous system, which usually illicits a calming effect - this calming effect is key in allowing your body to begin it's own healing.
In acute injury, needling will augment the energy in the local area moving away excess and unnecessary inflammation which will help to manage pain. This combined with the calming effect can trigger your body to move into a relaxed state, triggering a healing response in the local area.
TUINA is a form massage that improves the flow of energy throughout the body. Especially relevant for injuries, it often ends up being beneficial in treating broader issues like insomnia and constipation. Not to mention, the calming response on the body can reduce stress, and allow the body to begin it's own healing. Combined with Acupuncture TUINA will provide a deeply relaxing experience.
CUPPING uses suction to pull at the dermis, and the sinews, muscles, and fascia below. It can be very effective in moving what is stuck. The strength of the application very much depends on the patient. The colouring of the skin caused by the effusion of blood into the interstitial fluid are apart of the therapeutic effect, and the colour also provides with diagnostic information. The markings usually go away within 2-3 weeks, but the positive benefits will be felt immediately.
MOXIBUSTION is a deep and penetrative heat therapy that causes vasodilation in the local area, improving healing and blood flow, and moving out excess inflammation in acute cases. This is achieved by burning mugwort just above the skin in the local area. It has a nice filling sensation of heat, and can illicit a calming effect on the body. This can be used to treat a wide range of ailments.
GUA SHA is a form manual therapy where I "scrape" the surface of the skin in areas of tired, stiff, or injured muscles. This stimulates blood flow in the area, stimulating regeneration, healing, and recovery. Like Cupping, this may leave marking that usually go away within a week or so.
QI GONG is a system of coordinated slow-flowing body movements, breathing and meditation. Incorporating Qi gong into your routine can help manage stress, and cultivate Qi from within. With practice, you can illicit a similar calming effect on your own body, allowing your body the opportunity and time in a calm, comfortable and healing state.
LIFESTYLE ADVICE is an understated aspect of treatment. Often times our habits can be the lynch pin to moving beyond on our own burdens. Every appointment comes with discussion where I try to illustrate what's happening in your body, mind, or spirit. Sometimes, all you need is to see yourself through a new lens to push yourself forward.
RIGOUROUS INTAKE is a key aspect of my practice. In our initial assessment we explore your health history, and dive into the day-to-day operations of your body, your mind, and your spirit. By doing so, we can attempt to identify the root cause of your complaint.
PARTICIPATION IN YOUR OWN HEALTH will improve your recovery. In most cases, I will recommend a course of treatment over a few weeks. Through our discussions, and frequency of visits you will inevitibly pay closer attention to the happenings in your own body, mind, and spirit.
NEEDLING doesn't usually hurt, and the needles are 20x finer then that of a hypodermic needle used for a booster shot. The sensations felt from needling are called "de qi", and can have a range of feelings. Most commonly you may feel a slight ache at first, and a sensation of collecting and dispersing. Occasionally you may feel a trickling along the limb, or even a corresponding aching sensation from somewhere else in the body, far away from the site of the needle penetration. It is truly a unique feeling. What's most improtant for your treatment is that you and I communicate about the sensations felt, as they are relevant to the treatment, and can also provide diagnostic information.
THE CALMING EFFECT is real, and in some cases can be strong. You should plan time around your treatments. Do not expect to do anything too physical, or intense immediately after treatment. You will want anywhere between 30 minutes to a few hours after treatment. Evening treatments typically result in a great night of sleep!
INSURANCE coverage depends if your provider covers ACUPUNCTURE. I can provide you with invoices so you may be reimbursed accordingly.
WHAT TO WEAR would depend on your treatment, but specific clothes is not necessary. I provide sheets, and employ draping techniques to ensure modesty and warmth during treatment.
Walk up the driveway to the entrance on the South side.
Accessibility: my clinic is located on the 2nd floor
Subway: steps from Dundas West subway station
Parking: free street parking available on Dorval and surrounding streets