Health Craft Clinic Acupuncture

One of the joys of being an open-minded physiotherapist is being able and willing to combine traditional Western medicine and techniques with those from other cultures. Acupuncture, for example, can be used in conjunction with traditional treatments in order to achieve results that can be of great benefit to our patients. A practice that stems from traditional Chinese medicine, acupuncture – or “medical” acupuncture – can be quite effective for a variety of issues.

Understanding acupuncture

While we understand that acupuncture is not for everyone, we have indeed watched many of our patients benefit greatly from its use. We also know that the word “needles” or “needling” can be frightening to some individuals, so we strive to help our patients better understand the techniques involved in acupuncture and how it can be used to aid them in the recovery process.

Traditional Chinese practitioners believe that the body has about 2,000 acupuncture points, all connected by pathways, sometimes referred to as meridians. These pathways create Qi, an energy flow that courses through the body and is responsible for an individual’s health. When these pathways are blocked, the energy flow is disrupted, possibly resulting in illness. Placing the needles helps open the pathways, restore balance, and improve health. This happens because acupuncture points are believed to stimulate the central nervous system, which – in turn – releases helpful chemicals into your muscles, brain, and spinal cord.

But does it hurt?

Most patients who prefer to avoid acupuncture are concerned about pain. Of course, that’s natural. In western medicine, we associate needles (or injections) with discomfort. However, patients who choose acupuncture report very little or sometimes no pain at all during the process.
Nonetheless, we talk to our patients extensively when we recommend acupuncture, making sure they are comfortable with giving it a try, and we carefully explain the process.

Once the patient has given his/her consent, we proceed with the needling. The needle lengths vary in size, including 15mm, 30mm, 40mm, and 75mm. Different body parts require different lengths to be effective. Depending on the patient’s comfort level, we insert a number of needles in and around the affected area. We stimulate the area by moving the needle in and out of the affected region either manually or with an electrical stimulation unit. Needles remain for a prescribed amount of time before they are removed entirely.

Who can benefit from acupuncture?

More and more, individuals are trusting acupuncture as a treatment for a variety of issues involving many different parts of the body.

Some of the diseases/disorders/injuries that can benefit from acupuncture are:

  • Low back pain
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • “Tennis” elbow
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Myofascial pain
  • Headaches/migraines
  • Sciatica
  • Postoperative pain
  • Stroke
  • Parkinson’s disease
  • And many more

At Health Craft Clinic, we have licensed practitioners on our staff and are eager to speak with patients about acupuncture if their doctor and/or their physiotherapist believes it might relieve their pain or hasten their recovery. Call us today to speak with one of our staff about the possibility of including acupuncture in your physical therapy program.

Phone number:
(604) 563-4411

111 West Broadway Unit 206
Vancouver, BC V5Y 1P4


Business hours:
Mon - Thurs: 11:45 AM - 6:00 PM

Fri: 11:45 AM - 7:00 PM


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