Acupuncture is a branch of Chinese medicine that has been used around the globe for over 5,000 years. Many hospitals and private clinics practice acupuncture in combination with Western medicine. With the help of slender needles inserted at specific entry points, acupuncture can manipulate your body’s Yin and Yang.
Acupuncture is generally used to treat patients with several disorders or areas of discomfort. Its goal is to improve the patients overall well-being instead of focusing on a specific symptom.
Is it painful?
Acupuncture needles are much more delicate than needles used for blood tests or vaccines. All needles are disposable, single-use, and made of high quality stainless steel. They are disposed of immediately after the treatment. Needle entry is virtually painless and can be compared to a mosquito bite. Most people find acupuncture extremely relaxing and some even fall asleep during the treatment.
1. How often will sessions take place?
One treatment per week is usually sufficient. However, under some circumstances, two sessions or more per week may be required to reach the desired result.
2. How long does a treatment last?
It lasts between 20 and 40 minutes.
3. Is there a limit on the number of sessions allowed per week or per day?
No. In some serious cases, it is recommended to undergo several treatments per week at close intervals.
4. Can all my problems be treated in a single treatment?
This depends on many factors. If the symptoms concern the same organ or if they are rooted in the same causes, it may be possible to treat many problems at once. Nevertheless, if the symptoms have different origins, a single treatment may not suffice. In this case, it is better to concentrate on one problem at a time for more effective results.
5. Can I stop my medication during the treatments?
Only your physician can offer you advice in this matter.
6. Does each treatment involve the same amount of needles, and are they always inserted in the same trigger points?
No. The number of needles and the insertion points can vary with each treatment.
7. In which areas of the body are the needles inserted?
They are inserted in many different places, such as under the elbow, on the head, on the stomach, under the navel, etc. However, our clinic does not insert needles on or near genitalia.
8. Are the treatments more effective if a larger number of needles are used?
No. The fewer the needles, the clearer the messages. Much like it is the case with instructions, when we are presented with too many commands, our attention is diffused. Too many needles treating different areas can diminish the body’s response. This being said, it is not recommended to treat many problems at once. (For more information, speak with your acupuncturist.)
9. Can acupuncture treatments protect me from infections such as a cold or the flu?
By strengthening your immune system, acupuncture treatments can help your body resist pathogens more efficiently.
10. Is it possible to feel instant relief?
In the case of an accidental crick, as opposed to a chronic lumbago, the patient can often walk upright after a treatment. Patients generally see quick results when the problem is immediately treated. Serious injuries or problems may require a few treatments before seeing an improvement.
11. Will my condition improve with each session?
It may take a few sessions before noticing an improvement. It usually takes 5 to 10 sessions for the patient to notice a definitive improvement and for the acupuncturist to reassess the client’s condition.
12. Do I need to be relaxed to benefit from acupuncture?
Being in a relaxed state is not mandatory, but it may reduce stinging upon entry of the needles, as your body will experience less movement.
13. My friend and I have the same problems but are treated differently. Is this normal?
Yes. A symptom or health problem can surface in many different ways and be linked to additional symptoms. Consequently, treatments may vary.
14. My friend’s sinusitis was cured after two consecutive treatments. I have undergone eight treatments and have only seen a 50% improvement. Is this normal?
Of course. According to Chinese medicine, sinusitis can originate from many body imbalances and each of these requires a specific treatment and treatment duration.
15. Are acupuncture costs covered by insurance?
This depends on your insurance plan. You will need to ask your insurance agent for details on your insurance policy.
16. Can I use my partner’s insurance plan to reimburse the costs of my acupuncture treatments?
If you are covered by your partner’s insurance plan, I don’t see a problem. However, we do not issue receipts carrying a different name than that of the person who received treatment.
If my health condition improves, I will require fewer treatments and they might come to a halt. Nevertheless, if I need a precautionary follow-up, will you contact me to book an appointment?
We will provide you with the proper aftercare information. After your last session, however, treatment follow-up will fall under your responsibility.
Thank you for your interest in traditional Chinese medicine.
Guillaume Levesque welcomes you to his clinic located in Bathurst for personalized treatments that will relieve your muscle pain. If you plan on treating a health problem through Chinese medicine, we recommend verifying your treatment provider’s certifications with the Chinese Medical and Acupuncture Association of Canada (CMAAC).
Our clinic serves Campbellton, Tracadie, Caraquet, Bathurst, Miramichi, Beresford and the surrounding areas. For effective muscle pain treatment, Acupuncture Guillaume Levesque is the clinic for you!