Acupuncture is a therapeutic modality used to encourage natural healing, reduce and relieve pain and improve function of affected areas in the body.
Very fine and sterile needles are inserted into specific points in the body. The average acupuncture needle is 0.00325 inches – that’s similar to strand of hair, making them fairly comfortable to be put in.
Acupuncture stimulates the body to produce its own pain relieving chemicals called endorphins. Endorphins block pathways that relay pain messages from the body to the brain resulting in pain relief, relaxation and biochemical restoration of the bodies natural regulation systems.
Our physiotherapists have taken continuing education courses in order to practice acupuncture as a physiotherapist. All physiotherapists who practice acupuncture should be rostered with the College of Physiotherapists.
Can I use my Acupuncture benefits to cover acupuncture performed by a physiotherapist?
No, it cannot be billed separately – it is part of your physiotherapy treatment and is included in that fee as it is performed by a physiotherapist rather than an acupuncturist.
Wondering if acupuncture can help your injury? Speak to your physiotherapist.