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Healing Hands Healthcare, 3251 Sheppard Ave E #103, Scarborough, ON M1T 3W5
Healing Hands Healthcare Inc.
3251 Sheppard Ave East, Suite #103 Toronto, ON M1T 3W5
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Hours of Operation
Mondays: 10:00 AM – 7:00 PM
Tuesdays: 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Wednesdays: 10:00 AM – 7:00 PM
Thursdays: 10:00 AM – 7:00 PM
Fridays: 10:00 AM – 7:00 PM
Is acupuncture treatment painful?
Prior to their first treatment, many people fear that acupuncture needles cause pain. Sensations such as soreness, numbness, distending, warmth and pressure may be felt during a treatment, but the energetic sensation differs from pain and patients often find the treatment quite relaxing. Acupuncture needles are very fine, about the size of a thick hair. They are solid and nothing is injected through them. Over the centuries, refined needle insertion techniques have been developed which enable the skilled acupuncture practitioner to place a needle with little or no sensation.
How many treatments do I need?
The number of acupuncture treatments you need depend largely on the complexity of your illness. You age, your general health, and whether yours is a chronic or acute condition all influence the length of the treatment. For instance, you may only require one or two treatments for a recent wrist sprain, while a chronic illness such as carpal tunnel syndrome may require treatments for several months to achieve good results. The effects of acupuncture treatment are cumulative therefore, you’ll achieve better results with more consistent treatments. In Chinese medicine, our main goal is not only to treat the illness but to further strengthen your body to prevent the illness from recurring. It is therefore important to have a few treatments even after you are cured in order to prevent relapsed or new illnesses. In general, when an illness recurs it is often more difficult to treat.
Are there any potential side effects?
Generally speaking, acupuncture does not involve too many side effects or risks, especially when compared to other forms of therapeutic treatments. Many of the common side effects are minor, such as bruising, bleeding, and soreness after the treatment. Another common reaction is the worsening of the original symptoms for a few days after an acupuncture treatment. Sometimes other general changes in sleep, appetite, bowel or urination patterns, or emotional state may be experienced. These are good signs since it is an indication that the acupuncture is starting to work. A few cases have been correlated to the severity of illness. There have been reports of more serious reactions, such as dizziness, sweatiness, nausea, vomiting, or fainting. It is also common with the first one or two treatments to have a sensation of deep relaxation or even mild disorientation immediately following the treatment. These effects should wear off within 24-48 hours. If done properly, acupuncture is very safe and rarely causes serious side effects.
Does my medical insurance cover acupuncture treatments?
Most insurance providers cover all or part of the cost of acupuncture treatments, but some providers may have restrictions on the types of illnesses they cover. Check with your insurance company to see what your policy offers.