ACUPUNCTURE & TRADITIONAL CHINESE MEDICINE
While this at first glance these modalities look strikingly similar, where small thin needles are inserted into various points in the body, considerable differences exist between each. The main needling services that we off at Integrate are:
Acupuncture, a component of TCM, involves the insertion of thin needles into specific parts of the body in order to influence energy, blood flow, immune response and pain. This modality is based on the Traditional Chinese Medicine focus of restoring energy or “Qi” to the body. The theory is that blockages in our energy channels, or “meridians”, can be opened by properly placing needles along those energy channels at specific sites.
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NEUROFUNCTIONAL MEDICAL ACUPUNCTURE
This is also commonly referred to as "Contemporary Acupuncture" or just "Medical Acupuncture." This type of acupuncture is based on the theory that the nervous system (brain, spinal cord, nerves) are partly responsible for the pain and dysfunction we experience with common aches, pains and injuries. Points are chosen to address both the local tissues (eg. trigger points, tight muscles, weak muscles) and also the nerves that supply these points.
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TRADITIONAL CHINESE MEDICINE
Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) is a form of health care that originated over 2500 years ago in China. TCM encompasses herbal medicine, acupuncture, dietary therapy and exercise in order to improve health and treat disease.
Here at Integrate, acupuncture and TCM are most often used to treat:
Headaches and migraines
Musculoskeletal pain - strains and repetitive strain disorders, tendinopathies, tight muscles)
Digestive disorders (irritable bowel syndrome, Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis, chronic constipation/diarrhea)
Trigger Point Therapies
*If your insurance offers additional coverage for Medical Acupuncture, you must book these Neurofunctional (Medical) Acupuncture sessions with our medical doctor to ensure claims get accepted. Otherwise, Neurofunctional (Medical) Acupuncture sessions can be booked with our chiropractors or medical doctors and claimed for insurance under general chiropractic services (assuming you have this coverage). Please call or email us with any further questions.