Japanese Acupuncture Specialist. Doctor of Traditional Medicine.
Different Styles of Acupuncture?
Acupuncture is one facet of Traditional Asian Medicine. Acupuncture has been used for over 3000 years, and is still alive and growing today. A system that is used for preventive care, health maintenance and in the treatment of disease. There are varying styles of acupuncture, and this largely depends on your practitioner's training and their individual style that they have developed. This is why you might find that each practitioner works in a different way, so even though you have tried it before, it may be a completely new experience!
Acupuncture originated in China, and through the ages have expanded across countries of East Asia. The wealth of knowledge that is preserved in style and technique is deeply embedded in the Asian culture. All styles can provide amazing results and it is common in North America to see many Traditional Chinese Acupuncturists and Japanese style acupuncturists. There are some differences between how the two are practiced. For example, Japanese needles tend to be much thinner than Chinese needles which results in a more gentle stimulation. Initially when acupuncture was first introduced in Japan, it was largely an occupation that was reserved for blind individuals. Hence, the Japanese styles tend to focus a lot on palpatory skills, finese of touch, and gentle needling technique.
The entire body is considered a microcosm of the external world. In traditional Asian medicine, there is great importance of the body and it's relationship to the environment. There is really no ending or beginning to our bodies - only a flow from one to another. Our bodies can be further subdivided into smaller microcosms; you might have noticed that the whole body can be imaged onto the ear, or the abdomen, the foot, the eye, the face, etc. There is no part too big or too small - every part of us counts! That is why acupuncture points are found on the entire body. Each point has a local and systemic effect.
Calgary Acupuncturist for Increased Recovery, Athletic Injuries, Pain Relief & Stress Relief.
Optimal Health and Healing.
Healthy living requires a balance of our body, mind and spirit. This holistic wisdom allows us to feel vibrant and whole. In our modern world, we all need balance; faith that our condition can improve; and support to achieve optimal health and vitality.
Acupuncture benefits many health conditions with the aid of optimal nutrition, exercise and a healthy lifestyle - you can live your best life!
Therapies are safe, relevant, and specific to each individual person. No two people are the same and that is why this medical approach is so effective! People of all ages seek acupuncture and asian medicine for health benefits.
Top Conditions for Acupuncture & Asian Medicine
The World Health Organization (WHO) officially recognizes acupuncture as suitable for treatment of more than 200 common clinical disorders.
At the clinic, we treat a variety of these disorders. Some of the conditions that are commonly treated with acupuncture and traditional Asian medicine include:
ACUTE PAIN - traumatic injuries/sprains, musculoskeletal, headaches, sinus pain, neck/shoulder pain
CHRONIC PAIN - low back pain, sciatica, knee/joint pain, shoulder pain, tennis elbow, aches, arthritis, neuralgia, TMD/ TMJ
GYNECOLOGICAL DISORDERS – PMS, menstrual irregularities, menopausal concerns, infertility, labour inducement, pregnancy-related concerns.
DEPRESSION/ MINOR ANXIETY- Emotional and psychological disorders, irritability/ frustration
FACIAL PALSY/ NEUROPATHIES – Bell’s palsy, peripheral neuropathies
GASTROINTESTINAL DISORDERS - Indigestion, pain, nausea/vomiting, diarrhea, constipation, eating disorders, hemorrhoids
SLEEP AND STRESS DISORDERS - Nervous tension, insomnia, low energy
UROGENITAL DISORDERS - Urinary tract problems, sexual dysfunction
RESPIRATORY DISORDERS - Chronic+/or frequent colds, coughs, asthma, allergies
CIRCULATORY DISORDERS - Hypertension, palpitations, heart disease, cold hands/ feet, numbness
DISORDERS OF THE NERVOUS SYSTEM - Multiple Sclerosis, post-stroke conditions,
IMMUNE DISORDERS - Chronic fatigue, HIV/ AIDS
POST-OPERATIVE PAIN/ RECOVERY – from surgical procedures, chemo side-effects
DRUG DETOX – alcohol, drugs, nicotine, smoking cessation
FACIAL REJUVENATION - wrinkles, puffiness, poor skin tone, premature aging
How Many Acupuncture Treatments Do I Need?
The number of treatments that you will require is dependent on several factors: your condition, the severity of it, and how long you have had the concern (injury/disease/pain/illness).
For acute condtions, that have come on quickly, it may take very few treatments (less than 4). For long-standing conditions, it may take 12 or more. Every person has a different response rate, but by the 4th visit (if not sooner) most people will report having better quality of life (sleep, energy, pain relief, emotional/ mental health).
Especially in the beginning, treatments are most effective when done 2-3 times per week, or at least weekly. After a treatment, most patients will report relief of symptoms for 2-3 days (variable); so it is important to stimulate points on the patient again to allow the body to have consistent stimulation which allows the body's to change smoothly. Gradually relief will become longer and longer. This modality of medicine works by helping the body to re-establish a new pattern and has been called the "cumulative effect" of acupuncture, and traditional Asian therapies.
Once the body is at a more stable state, less frequent treatments will be necessary. It is best to discuss a plan that suits your goals, & what seems most appropriate for your needs and situation.
Some people report no real concerns but find weekly or even monthly visits helpful in keeping balanced & healthy. Prevention is the best medicine.
It is not uncommon for people to come get a treatment for preventive purposes and enjoy the relaxing benefits of acupuncture.