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Acupuncture in Southwest Edmonton

Acupuncture TherapyAcupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine are ancient therapies dating back as early as 6000 BC. While the practice itself has stayed the same, the research around acupuncture has evolved. Acupuncture can help with a variety of issues. Registered Acupuncturist Lindsay Peterson’s focus is on injuries, pain management and fertility. It is a natural, drug free way to obtain optimal health. Your body knows how to be healthy, and acupuncture just helps that natural process along.

Acupuncture can help:

  • reduce tense muscles by releasing tight muscle bellies
  • stops pain and improves mood by releasing endorphins
  • reduces inflammation by encouraging proper blood flow to damaged tissues
  • regulates your hormones to bring your body back into its natural rhythm

Lindsay treats the following:

  • Muscle tension
  • Pain
  • Sports injuries
  • Anxiety
  • PCOS
  • IVF/IUI Support
  • Unexplained infertility
  • Morning sickness
  • PMS symptoms
  • Menopause symptoms
  • Miscarriage
  • Male Infertility
  • Endometriosis
  • Irregular cycles

FAQ

Does acupuncture hurt?

This is the most common question I get as a practitioner. Answer; NO! Getting acupuncture does not feel the same as getting an immunization or blood taken. The needles are a fraction of the size and most of the time, you don’t even feel them go in. Most of my patients really enjoy their treatments and find it relaxing. Some of them even fall asleep.

Is acupuncture covered by my benefits?

Most benefit plans cover acupuncture. Herbal medicine is not covered and is an additional cost, but is priced accordingly so that you have access to the care that you need. Most prescriptions cost about the same price as a bottle of high quality vitamins. Not all patients require herbal medicine, and is optional for the patients who do.

How many treatments will I need?

This depends on what you’re in the clinic for. Usually with pain or sports injuries, you’ll notice effects anywhere from 1-3 treatments with maximum relief around the 6th appointment. The longer the injury is present, the longer it takes to fix. Some patients feel great after one treatment and I won’t see them again until something else happens. Listen to your body! If you’re feeling great, that’s the goal! Fertility patients can expect slightly more because we are working with the timing of your body. Mother nature rushes for no one.

Will you work with my doctor or other practitioners?

Yes! If you are having health issues, it is encouraged to see your family doctor. I am happy to speak with your doctor about my treatment protocol. I am also happy to speak with other practitioners you choose to see, such as Dr. Jenna or Dr. Jacy, one of our massage therapists, naturopathic doctors etc.

Can I get acupuncture if I am pregnant?

Yes. It is important if you are pregnant to tell your acupuncturist because the treatment protocol during pregnancy is much gentler and certain areas are avoided. In your first trimester, acupuncture can actually help reduce morning sickness, increase energy, stop unwanted bleeds and reduce anxiety!

What can I expect on my first visit?

If you are in clinic for pain or an injury, a full intake will include a full history, muscle/joint testing, acupuncture and then cupping/guasha when indicated. Fertility patients can expect a longer interview, acupuncture and usually a herbal prescription. Appointments take an hour or slightly less.

What if I am afraid of needles?

For patients with needle-phobia, treatments go at a slower pace, are gentler, and Lindsay stays in the room with you in case you need anything. Lindsay has treated patients with phobia severe enough that she started with other modalities, such as herbs and cupping/guasha and worked up to needling. Your treatment is exactly that; yours. Lindsay will work within your comfort zone. Your appointment is not supposed to create anxiety. Lindsay is admittedly a former needle-phobe, and became an acupuncturist. From her own experience, we can assure you the fear fades away.

Do you offer cupping? Does it bruise?

Lindsay is trained in cupping and guasha therapies. Cupping works by creating a negative pressure on local areas which has a “pulling up” effect on the skin. This creates space for proper blood flow to allow metabolic waste to be eliminated from damaged/inflamed tissue and pulls fresh blood into the space to allow tissue to heal. The pulling effect leaves marks on the skin called “petechiae” which is just a build up of blood under the skin. This is not the same as bruising, as is it not sore to the touch. In fact, it feels amazing. Guasha is effectively the same thing as muscle stripping and can leave similar marks. Petechiae from cupping and guasha resolves after about 5 days.

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Acupuncture Southwest Edmonton AB | (780) 244-2441