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What is Acupuncture?

Acupuncture is a component of Traditional Chinese Medicine, and can be used as one part of a multi-disciplinary treatment approach for chronic benign pain. Acupuncture may also be a helpful adjunctive treatment for nausea or vomiting associated with chemotherapy.

Acupuncture is less likely to be effective as a stand-alone therapy, and at our facility, it is used in the context of comprehensive medical treatment. This might include participation in complementary programs such as physical therapy, the spine clinic, the fibromyalgia group, the online headache program, or the chronic pain management program.

What is required prior to an Acupuncture treatment?

A clear medical diagnosis is required before acupuncture treatment begins, and a physician referral is therefore required. It is important for patients to participate concurrently in self-care activities such as independent exercise, self-massage techniques, and stress management as acupuncture is generally not used as a long-term maintenance therapy.

How do I make an appointment for an Acupuncture treatment?

For patients interested in acupuncture, the first step is for them to speak to their doctor.