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Does acupuncture hurt?

Acupuncture needles are very fine, making them quite painless on insertion. Everyone experiences acupuncture differently. Most people feel minimal to no sensation. You may feel a dull achy sensation or warmth around the needle. Overall relaxation sets in after all the needles are in place.

What should I do before an acupuncture appointment?

1. Wear loose comfortable clothing. You may want to pack along a tank top or shorts to allow the acupuncturist easy access to your arms and legs. The acupuncturist will also use sheets to cover exposed areas that are not being needled or treated.

2. Have a snack before. Acupuncture is not recommended on an empty stomach. 

3. Schedule wisely and give yourself extra time before and after your treatment. Acupuncture is a relaxing therapy and works best when the patient is calm. We don't want you entering or leaving your treatment in a rush or stressed out. 

What to expect?

Your first appointment will involve a thorough intake of your health status and wellness goals. Be prepared to discuss your sleep habits, diet, digestive status and your current medications as these are key factors in assessing your overall health and used to develop a unique treatment plan to meet your goals. After gathering your health information your acupuncturist will set you up for your treatment. Most acupuncture clients describe treatment as being pleasurable and relaxing and many fall asleep during their sessions. Your acupuncturist will place needles which will stay in place for 15-30 minutes, depending on the condition treated. You will be left to relax on a cozy heated bed, under a heat lamp, accompanied by relaxing music. Every client is left with a paging system which they can use to call the acupuncturist back into the room at any time if needed. At the end of treatment, all needles are removed and you can return to your regular daily activities. 

 

Where is the clinic located?

Dr. Rae is currently accepting patients at Lakeview Physiotherapy located in Lakeview SW Calgary and Fix Physio located in Brentwood NE Calgary. Click Here to book online.

Is acupuncture covered by my insurance?

Yes. Most insurance companies cover acupuncture treatment.

How many treatments will I need?

The frequency and number of acupuncture treatments needed can vary depending on outcome goals, degree of the clients condition and current health status. Typically a series of more frequent treatments (once a week) are recommended in the beginning, which will taper off into a maintenance visits as the clients condition improves. Your acupuncturist will discuss your treatment plan and number of treatments needed with you at your initial appointment and will be an opportunity to work together on a plan that works best for you. 

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