Acupuncture is an ancient form of treatment that originated in China and is connected to Traditional Chinese Medicine that has been used for thousands of years. Acupuncture can treat a wide range of illnesses, ailments, and injuries. Using the idea that every part and function on your body has an acupuncture point where tiny needles are placed in the skin often painlessly. These acupuncture points all have different purposes based on Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) theories and can help different conditions and concerns.
How does Acupuncture work?
The Traditional Chinese Medicine dictates that energy (Qi) flows in channels throughout the body. These channels are like rivers of energy referred to as meridians. The meridians are a basic energy map of the body. Each major organ in the body is associated with its own meridian and all parts of the body are all connected through theses meridians. It is believed that health is a manifestation of balance. When the body is balanced Qi flows smoothly through the meridians to nourish the organs and tissues. If an obstruction occurs the Qi cannot flow properly which leads to a state of dis-ease and often illness occurs. Physical and emotional trauma, stress, lack of exercise, overexertion, seasonal changes, poor diet, injuries, and accidents are among the many things that can influence the quality, quantity and balance of Qi. As an acupuncturist (Licensed by the CTCMPAO), Daniel Javitz, R.Ac addresses concerns using this theory.
Acupuncture points are the specific points on the meridians where the Qi is both concentrated and accessible. Acupuncture procedure engages the Qi by inserting needles at these specific points, the goal being to restore the proper flow of Qi. As the body regains its natural balance, well-being returns.
Acupuncture and Modern Science
In Western science, a stimulus is defined as a detectable change in the body. With modern technology scientists can now actually begin to “see” the body’s response to acupuncture. For example, using an MRI, corresponding changes occur in the brain upon insertion of the needles at specific points. Acupuncture points are now believed to stimulate the central nervous system (the brain and spinal cord) often releasing endorphins and other hormones that influence the self-regulating system of the body. As an acupuncture provider (Acupuncture Council of Ontario Certified), Dr. Daniel Javitz, D.C. addresses concerns using this theory.
In summary, Acupuncture:
- Stimulates circulation
- Helping to stimulates the release of pain-relieving endorphins
- Influences the release substances that transmit nerve impulses to the brain (neurotransmitters)
- Influences the electrical currents of the body
- May also help influence the autonomic nervous system
What to expect at you appointment
When receiving acupuncture treatment, you may experience a vague numbness, heaviness, tingling or dull ache where the needle has been inserted. It is definitely an individual experience but know that the sensation is a sign of movement and that the treatment is working. After the treatment you may feel energized or even a deep sense of relaxation.
Will my insurance cover Acupuncture treatments provided by a Chiropractor or an Acupuncturist?
Patients at this clinic will benefit from Dr. Daniel Javitz, D.C. being a dual registrant. This means that Daniel Javitz, R.AC is holds the title of Acupuncturist licensed by the CTCMPAO (College of Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioners and Acupuncturists of Ontario), and Dr. Daniel Javitz, D.C. is an acupuncture provider permitted to provide acupuncture by the ACO (Acupuncture Council of Ontario). Each insurance plan varies. Dr. Javitz can help contact your insurance provider and find out if acupuncture is covered and by what titled practitioner. A patient needs to find out if acupuncture is only covered by an acupuncturist, how many visits per year, if it has a set total, and if you need a referral. Feel free to contact your insurance company and obtain this information prior to your visit. The cost of treatments vary depending upon what procedures are performed, the time required, cost of needles, and whether the treatment was combined with chiropractic care or not.
What can Acupuncture treat?
Chiropractic care in Ontario typically uses acupuncture as a tool to help treat muscle, nerve, and joint conditions (Bold bullet points below), but acupuncture provided by an acupuncturist is also recognized by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the World Health Organization (WHO) as effective in treating such conditions as: