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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. 

How long is an acupuncture treatment?

A typical acupuncture session is about 60 minutes. After consultation and needle insertion, the needles are left in for about 15 - 20 minutes. Afterwards the acupuncturist may choose to incorporate other forms of treatment such as, cupping, moxibustion, massage, herbal prescription or dietary recommendations.

Where is the clinic located?

Dr. Rae is currently accepting patients at Riverside Sports Therapy, located in Parkdale NW 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?

Acupuncture works in a series of treatments. Each case and condition is treated individually and a consultation is required to determine treatment requirements. 

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