Acupuncture at Planet healthcare

Acupuncture is a highly effective treatment technique used for a wide range of imbalances and dysfunctions of the body. At our downtown Toronto clinics, we offer Acupuncture by medical acupuncture treatments performed by our qualified Physiotherapists & Chiropractors. We are conveniently located inside the sherwood forest mall and for added convenience we are able to provide direct billing to most extended health insurance policies.

Why Choose Planet Healthcare for Acupuncture?

Choosing acupuncture services at Planet Healthcare will provide you with a holistic approach to treatment. We don't just look at the area of dysfunction but rather, assess you fully, looking at all body systems as well as your mental and emotional health. From there, we develop an individualized treatment plan based on your specific needs and targeting the root cause of your problem. At Planet Healthcare, you can also expect a collaborative approach to care. We work as a team to ensure all aspects of your care are addressed. Acupuncture is a safe and effective adjunct to physiotherapy, massage and/or chiropractic treatments. Ask today to see if acupuncture treatment can benefit your health and wellness goals.

What is Acupuncture?

A fine, sterile, disposable needle is inserted into specific points along a muscle, nerve, tendon and/or fascia to stimulate a physiological response that aids in our bodies' natural recovery process. The acupuncture needle remains inserted for a duration of time, 10-30 minutes, to create the physiological change in the body. During the session, the needle itself can be stimulated in various ways to enhance the treatment effect.

Insertion of the needles can be used to promote circulation of blood and oxygen, to stimulate the nerves and nervous system, clear energy pathway blockages and is also used to activate an immune response to aid in tissue healing. With almost no significant side-effects, acupuncture has gained significant popularity in Western medicine for the treatment of many health-related issues. This approach is gentle, safe and highly effective.

Types of Acupuncture offered at Planet Healthcare

Contemporary Medical acupuncture performed by our Allied health Professionals

  • This approach is more contemporary and falls within the Western medicine model.
  • Our Physiotherapist is trained in medical acupuncture and incorporates acupuncture as part of their comprehensive treatment programs.
  • This approach aims to enhance blood flow and provide pain relief to targeted areas.
  • Medical acupuncture can be used to treat many painful musculoskeletal disorders including back pain, neck pain, rotator cuff injuries, golfer's elbow, tennis elbow, chronic pain and headaches to name a few.
  • If receiving medical acupuncture from our Physiotherapists or Chiropractors and have insurance benefits, you will be covered under your Physiotherapy or Chiropractic allotment respectively. You cannot bill for this under your Acupuncture allotment.

Conditions Treated by Acupuncture

  • Low Back pain
  • Neck pain
  • Rotator cuff injuries
  • Golfers elbow
  • Tennis elbow
  • Chronic pain
  • TMJ dysfunction
  • Nerve injuries
  • Sciatica
  • Anxiety
  • Fertility
  • Adrenal fatigue
  • Women's health disorders
  • Weight loss
  • Sleep issues
  • Autoimmune disorders
  • Oncology
  • Musculoskeletal injury or pain
  • Nausea caused by surgical anesthesia
  • Addiction
  • Menstrual cramps
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Myofascial pain
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Asthma
  • Migraines and tension headaches
  • Sinusitis
  • Allergies
  • Menopausal symptoms
  • And Many More...

Does Acupuncture Hurt?

Acupuncture treatment causes relatively little to no pain. A sensation of heaviness or dull awareness around the needle site or area being treated can occur. If the needles are being stimulated then you may feel heightened discomfort and awareness but constant communication with your practitioner to ensure comfort throughout treatment will be essential.

What Does the Research Say About Acupuncture?

Research studies indicate that acupuncture is most successful when used in combination with other therapies. Research studies also show that acupuncture needles are effective at releasing trigger points and stimulating neuro-muscular pathways.

This means that acupuncture can increase the activation of targeted muscles and blood flow to the area. Furthermore, research supports that acupuncture can have an immediate influence on pain by causing the release of pain-relieving endorphins.

Is Acupuncture Covered by Insurance Benefit Programs?

Yes, of course. This will depend mostly on your specific extended health benefit plan. We always recommend calling your insurance provider to learn more about your plan and understand any restrictions or limitations when it comes to Acupuncture coverage.

Treatment with your Registered Physiotherapist will be billed under the respective services. To make the process simple for you, Planet Healthcare can direct bill on your behalf to a majority of insurance companies.

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