Acupuncture

Acupuncture to treat many different diseases, disorders and ...

Acupuncture has been part of the medical mainstream in countries such as China and Japan for centuries. It is also one of the most widely utilized forms of alternative therapy in the Canada and the US. Third-party insurance reimbursement and managed care coverage for acupuncture are increasing. Acupuncture needles are most often inserted at specific locations on the skin called acupuncture points. These points are located on specific lines outlined by tradition, referred to as meridians or channels. According to Chinese medical theory, there are 14 major meridians that form an invisible network connecting the body surface with the internal organs. Meridians are to conduct Qi, the energy or vital force of the body.

Pain or illness is said to result from imbalances or blockages in the flow of Qi through the meridians. Acupuncture is traditionally thought to remove such blockages, restore the normal circulation of Qi, and improve overall health by promoting the balance of energy in the system.

Our team of certified West Vancouver acupuncture practitioners continually research the latest data on acupuncture treatments. And we’ve found recent scientific evidence that acupuncture is effective in the relief of nausea and vomiting, morning sickness during pregnancy, tendonitis, osteoarthritis, headache and neck and back pain among others. At Azalea Physiotherapy, we offer a full range of acupuncture treatments in our West Vancouver facility.

How does acupuncture work?
According to Eastern philosophy, an imbalance or energy or blood flow will lead to disease in the body. Acupuncture needles placed along specific points can improve vitality, blood circulation and restore the natural balance of the body.

What can acupuncture treat?
Acupuncture has proven to be successful in reducing stress, muscle tension, chronic pain (including headaches) and helping normalize menstrual irregularities. If the symptom is a result of an energy blockage within the body, acupuncture can encourage the body's natural healing response. A Registered Acupuncturist can treat more complicated issues like digestive disorders, infertility, menstrual irregularities, skin problems as well as pain and stress relief.

Does acupuncture complement other therapies?
Yes. All the chiropractors at King West Chiropractic use acupuncture for pain relief, stress reduction and as a complement to chiropractic care.

Can acupuncture help me quit smoking?
Acupuncture can help ease the cravings associated with quitting smoking. It is best advised to start with a course of acupuncture after you have decided to quit. It also helps to detox the body which further reduces cravings for those who are having a more challenging time.

Are the needles sterilized?
New disposable needles are used for each acupuncture treatment. Most treatments require 8-10 needles to be inserted for a period of 15 - 20 minutes.

Does it hurt?
No, acupuncture does not hurt. During the treatment, you may experience sensations of mild tingling, heaviness, slight soreness or numbness along the skin channel being stimulated.

Intramuscular Stimulation (IMS)

IMS is a needling technique that helps to reduce adverse tone in tight muscle bands or trigger points that contribute to pain and dysfunction. By targeting localized areas of tightness with the needle insertion a reflex relaxation is produced in the muscle. This helps to relieve pressure on tender joint structures and in the muscles themselves which in turn influences pain and inflammation produced by the adverse tightness. The special assessment is done to determine if this modality of treatment is appropriate for you.  For more information visit UBC Gunn IMS: www.ubcgunnims.comwww.istop.org

People Say

Amir H. / Vancouver, BC Stars
Such an amazing personnel I met along my visits in Azalea Physiotherapy clinic! In a professional, cool and familiar atmosphere their job was not just teaching me how to best decrease my pain, how to modify my activities, and how to keep my body as strong as possible! Not only they did fix me, they also taught me to believe how incredibly nice is having a strong liking or love for the others, and that’s their attitude and belief. I truly appreciate their knowledge and the way they care. With special thanks to my physiotherapist, Mary, who never stops smiling. She’s just unbelievable!

Kate Marini / Vancouver, BC Stars
I look forward to my physiotherapy sessions with Mary because she is always encouraging, kind, helpful and never rush through any of the treatments and exercises. Her happy disposition makes her a joy to work with.

Kate Marini / Vancouver, BC Stars
Azalea Physiotherapy is a wonderful place to go to for physiotherapy, as it is bright, modern, sunny, and cheery, and has state of the art equipment. I am delighted with my treatment at Azalea Physiotherapy! Thanks to Mary for the excellent treatment I have and continue to receive!

Ash Cook / Vancouver, BC Stars
Excellent treatment and advice. Professional but friendly and very adaptable. They were always able to work around my busy schedule.

María Desiderio / Vancouver, BCStars
Having suffered a broken ankle while playing golf, physiotherapy was the final chapter in my recovery to get back on the course. Azalea Physiotherapy not only recommended a comprehensive exercise routine but a number of innovative ideas (ask them about the high heeled shoes), that saw me back on the course within four months.”

Penny Luzia / Vancouver, BC Stars
After my Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) operation, Azalea Physiotherapy looked after me during the all-important recovery period. At my first session with Azalea Physiotherapy, my knee was fixed in a heavy brace and I relied on crutches to get around. Within a couple of weeks, I had ditched the crutches and removed the brace thanks to Azalea Physiotherapy’s careful and professional treatment. I was delighted at how quickly I recovered and my friends were amazed at how quickly I was back on my feet and walking properly again after a month or so. Even my knee surgeon was impressed with my rapid recovery. Azalea Physiotherapy’s approach is very relaxed yet professional. I highly recommend their practice.

Frieda Reyes / Vancouver, BC Stars
Following a road traffic accident involving my vehicle being hit from behind, I suffered considerable pain around my left shoulder blade region. It affected my work life and general living and activities. Upon coming to the Physiotherapy Clinic and having hands-on treatments, accompanied with ultrasound and shortwave diathermy, my back was soon on the way to recovery. Building up resistance each time and receiving instruction on light exercise helped speed up my recovery. I am now fit as a fiddle, feeling no pain and, most importantly, back to work doing all activities I should be able to do for the daily living. I am truly grateful to Azalea Physiotherapy and their profession, for I was a person with little faith in physiotherapy, they have surely restored that faith and helped to heal my once aching back. Thank you.”

Maroun Salibain / Vancouver, BC Stars
Recently, I suffered a back injury that affected my right leg, making it very difficult to walk, sit and work. After taking painkillers and seeing many doctors–both of which did not help–I started treatments with Mary. Within the first week, my walking improved and now, after just three months, I am off of all medications and feeling 90% better. Mary is a miracle therapist whom I have recommended to all of my family and friends.

Navin Virani / West Vancouver, BC Stars
Looking good is definately than tasting good! Mary taught me how to look good and feel good!. Thank you Mary for helping me look good and with your great program, I have managed to lose weight too and have a great back! Your staff are as incredible as you are. It is a pleasure to visit you every time.

Zohreh Hashemi / West Vancouver, BC.Stars
Azalea physiotherapy provides great service. I find the staff friendly, knowledgable and encouraging in helping me get the best out of my visits. I definitely recommend this place to anyone looking for acupuncture and physio services.
 
Karineh Morvarid Farahmand / Vancouver, BC. Stars 
Excellent