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About Acupuncture

Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine

As of April 1, 2013, Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine is a regulated profession in Ontario. The mandate of the College of Traditional
Chinese Medicine Practitioners and Acupuncturists of Ontario (CTCMPAO) is to ensure the safety of the public. Practitioners who have had at least 2000 patient visits in the last 5 years, proven that they have treated a multitude of health issues, and passed a Safety and Jurisprudence exam may get grandfathered into the regulatory body. Only registered members are allowed to practice TCM and Acupuncture.
Before you get acupuncture next time, ensure that the practitioner is registered with the college.

Acupuncture is holistic - it works by balancing the energy pathways in our bodies. It promotes better energy and blood flow by inducing a minor healing response in the body. It can therefore help with any health condition that you may be suffering from. All you have to do is get a treatment and see how you feel.

Some areas that can be treated include:

Musculo-Skeletal Issues: Pain anywhere in the body, Head Aches, Migraines, Neck, Shoulder Tension, Carpal Tunnel, Back Pain, Sciatica, Plantar Fasciitis and more

Stress and Insomnia, Depression, Irritability, Anxiety

Digestion: Acid Reflux, Nausea, Abdominal Pain, Bloating, Distension, Crohn's, Colitis, Irritable Bowel Syndrome

Respiration: Allergies, Rhinitis, Sinusitis, Asthma, Shortness of Breath

Women' Health: Fertility, Menopause, IUI and IVF support

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Why acupuncture?

As well as being great for treating chronic conditions, acupuncture can be very effective in the treatment of acute conditions such as Sprains and Strains.

Acupuncture can also be used to treat the following conditions:
  • Headaches
  • Lung disorders/asthma
  • Generalized pain
  • Nausea and vomiting associated with pregnancy
  • Incontinence
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Menstrual cramps
  • Chronic fatigue syndrome
  • Tendonitis
  • Fibromyalgia
  • As well as many other conditions

The price of an acupuncture session is $90.00 for the initial assessment (60 minutes) and $65.00 (45 minutes) for subsequent visits.

Please keep in mind that if you are being treated for multiple conditions, you may have to be reassessed and will be charged the assessment fee of $90.00.

Receipts will be given for insurance purposes, however you should contact your insurance company to verify their requirements.

The two most commonly asked questions about Acupuncture are:

Does Acupuncture Hurt?  So how does acupuncture work?

Acupuncture is a very old form of Chinese therapy which involves the insertion of needles in the body to promote healing. Acupuncture needles are very
fine and come in different diameter gauges and lengths. In areas where bones can easily be palpated e.g. the wrist or face, a small needle is
inserted, but in areas of larger musculature e.g. the back or thigh, larger needles are chosen.

Since acupuncture needles are very fine, they do not usually hurt upon insertion, and even if they do, the sensation subsides within seconds.
This is hard for most people to imagine as they have only ever had the hypodermic needle for receiving shots or donating blood. The hypodermic
needle is much larger in diameter as it has to puncture a vein to draw blood or for injecting medicine. So acupuncture needle insertion is not
usually painful. Sometimes, patients may be overly anxious about receiving acupuncture or they may have a very acute muscular spasm and
in such cases, the patient may find the needle insertion to be more sensitive. In such cases, I remind the patients to invoke their deep,
diaphragmatic breath work, and they find the treatment extremely relaxing.

How does the insertion of needles in the body help promote healing?
Traditionally, in Chinese Medicine Acupuncture theory, there are many channels or meridians that carry Qi energy and these channels are connected to
internal organs as well. By inserting  a needle along the channel, the flow of energy and blood can be improved so that  any imbalance can be
arrested or reversed. For example, if there is an area of stagnation such as a muscular spasm, the improved qi flow will disperse the
stagnation from the area and help the muscle to relax. Similarly, if a build up of stress causes the mind not to relax and leads to insomnia,
acupuncture can help in dispersing the tension, relaxing the mind and improving the quality of sleep.

In terms of Modern Medicine, acupuncture points are often located near nerve endings within the body. When a needle is inserted into one of
these acupuncture points, it stimulates the nerve, causing the release of neurotransmitters, which are special chemicals that the body produces
to communicate with cells in the body.  Endorphin, the body’s natural painkiller, is released causing a reduction in pain perception.  It has
also been shown that acupuncture causes a rise in Serotonin and Histamines levels, which are important to promote the healing response. 
As such, when treating a painful condition, the goals of treatment include pain relief, a reduction in inflammation within the tissue,
increased circulation to the region, and the promotion of healing.


We are pleased to once again be able to offer TMJ Massages, with Sarah Robinson, RMT, in 60 minute appointment lengths.

Clients Notes:

Dear Clients, 

Starting April 1st, 2020 we will be changing our booking software in order to better meet our client’s needs. We will be switching from MINDBODY to CLINIC SENSE. 

From March 1st – April 1st during our period of transition our clients will be receiving reminders for each software system. 

To book an appointment you may;

- Telephone 613-594-3655 during opening hours to speak with a receptionist
- E-mail info@elginmassagetherapy.com 
- Book online through our website by clicking “Book an appointment now”
- On a device through Mindbody App before March 26th 
- On a device through ClinicSense App after March 26th and ongoing

 *Please note* All previous clients will be required to complete a new Intake Form in a digital format. 

Thank you for your co-operation during this time of transition 


The Elgin Massage Therapy Team

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We now offer Active Release Technique (ART) in a 30 and 60 minute appointment duration, with Tyler Milewski, RMT.