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Who can benefit from acupuncture?
Acupuncture is suitable for people of all ages, from birth throughout life. Acupuncture treatments can be received by anyone, and the acupuncturist adapts the treatments according to the patient's age, physical and mental condition, specific life stages (such as pregnancy), and individual sensitivity.
When should you seek acupuncture treatment?
It is not necessary to wait until a disease appears to seek acupuncture treatment. Periods of stress, life changes, or seasonal transitions are appropriate times to receive preventive treatments. These treatments help eliminate various signs of imbalance that our organs send us.
The number of required sessions varies depending on the nature of the problem, its progression, its chronicity, and especially the patient's vitality. Thus, a chronic illness generally takes longer to treat than an acute problem. It is important to consult as early as possible after the onset of symptoms to reduce the number of required sessions. The acupuncturist can better determine the treatment plan and prognosis during the initial consultation. Additionally, your acupuncturist can provide you with valuable advice to improve your habits, lifestyle, and diet to optimize the results of your treatments.
What is the process of an acupuncture treatment like?
During the first treatment, the acupuncturist will inquire about the reason for your consultation, its origin, and its progression. A complete health assessment of your current health status, medical history (surgeries, illnesses, accidents), medication, family history, sleep quality, digestion, stress, etc., will be conducted to have a comprehensive and accurate understanding of your condition. Before performing the treatment, the acupuncturist will explain the fine nature of the needle to dispel any fears that some patients may have about this unfamiliar tool.
The insertion of the needles is done quickly and gently without pain. A sensation of relaxation, calmness, and well-being is experienced, and some patients even fall asleep during the treatment. The duration of needle retention varies depending on the condition, ranging from 20 to 45 minutes. When the needles are removed, they leave no marks on the skin.
The duration of a treatment session is 60 minutes.
The Needle, the Principal Tool of the Acupuncturist
Although acupuncturists may use other therapeutic tools such as moxibustion, electric stimulators, cupping, the needle remains their principal tool.
L’aiguille d’acupuncture est extrêmement fine et flexible, elle se compare à un cheveu. Sa longueur varie selon la zone à traiter. Son insertion est indolore. Comme son filament est plein, aucun produit n’est injecté lors de sa poncture, pour cette raison, on la qualifie d’aiguille « sèche » comparativement aux aiguilles plus connues comme celle des injections, de la vaccination qui permettent d’injecter une substance, c’est cette aiguille qui est malheureusement souvent la source de la peur des aiguilles.
L’aiguille d’acupuncture ne s’y compare aucunement. Lors de l’insertion des aiguilles en toute sécurité, chaque point comporte des indications précises quant à la profondeur et l’angle d’insertion de l’aiguille. Lorsque l’aiguille est en place, le patient éprouve une sensation de lourdeur, de chaleur, d’engourdissement sédative qui apporte une sensation de détente et de bien-être. Toutes les aiguilles utilisées sont stériles, à usage unique et jetable.
Most private insurances fully or partially cover acupuncture treatments. Additionally, no prescription is required to see an acupuncturist. Please inquire with your insurance provider to determine your coverage.
The CNESST (Commission des normes, de l’équité, de la santé et de la sécurité du travail), IVAC (Indemnisation des victimes d’actes criminels), and SAAQ (Société de l’assurance automobile du Québec) cover acupuncture. Acupuncture can accelerate the healing process by relieving pain, reducing inflammation, and helping you overcome potential post-traumatic stress. For this type of treatment, a medical prescription and authorization from CNESST or SAAQ are necessary to receive free care. Please discuss this with your doctor.
For any questions or inquiries about acupuncture, you can contact us at Physiothérapie Boisbriand at 450-430-4459. We will be happy to provide you with information.