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Acupuncture

Alta Vista Chiropractic & Massage Clinic happily offers acupuncture to all chiropractic patients. As a part of our holistic approach to care, our chiropractors and naturopath perform acupuncture as needed during regular appointments.

Acupuncture is a method of balancing the body’s energy through the use of small, hair-thin needles. By inserting needles under the skin at specific points along energy pathways, also known as meridians, we are able to induce chemical changes in the body – ultimately, reducing the effects of a series of common disorders and diseases.

How Does Acupuncture Work?

Acupuncture stimulates the body to produce its own pain-relieving chemicals called endorphins. These chemicals mimic morphine by attaching to opiate receptor sites found throughout the nervous system. Endorphins help block pathways that relay pain signals from the body to the brain, resulting in pain relief, general relaxation, and biochemical restoration of internal regulation systems.

The improved energy and biochemical balance produced by acupuncture helps the body heal naturally. It reduces inflammation while also promoting physical and emotional well-being.


Today, acupuncture is considered effective in addressing a variety of both acute and chronic conditions. The World Health Organization has identified several benefits of acupuncture as it relates to caring for a wide range of medical conditions, including:

  • Digestive Disorders
    • Gastitus, hyperacidity, spastic bowel, constipation, diarrhea
  • Respiratory Disorders
    • Sinusitis, bronchitis, asthma
  • Neurological and Muscular Disorders
    • Headaches, neck pain, back pain, neuralgia, frozen shoulder, tennis elbow, tendonitis, sciatica, arthritis
  • Urinary, Menstrual, and Reproductive Disorders
  • Addiction
  • Insomnia

Do you relate to any of the above symptoms? There is no reason to continue to suffer. Acupuncture might be a good option for your health.

When it comes to improving illness or affliction, correct diagnoses are crucial. Before any decisions are made regarding therapy, it is important to know exactly what is going on inside the body. After a diagnosis is made, our qualified practitioners can advise whether or not acupuncture is right for you.

Newcomers are often concerned about the pain associated with acupuncture. While it depends on the individual, most patients feel little to no discomfort as the needles are inserted. Once the needles are in place, there should be no significant discomfort.

Acupuncture needles are very fine and made of stainless steel. They are designed to enter the skin without disrupting pain receptors. Rather than pierce the skin, they pass through the skin’s pores to enter the problem area. It would take two or three acupuncture needles to fit inside a standard hollow needle that is used for injections.

The number of acupuncture sessions required to achieve results depends on the individual and the condition being addressed. For acute problems, only a few appointments may be required. In some cases, only one session will be sufficient.

For complex or longstanding conditions, one to three sessions per week for several weeks may be recommended. As improvement occurs, less frequent care will be needed. Acupuncture sessions usually last anywhere between 15 minutes to half an hour. Relief may be immediate or occur within a few hours, or even after a few days. More severe cases may require several sessions before noticeable change is achieved.

Eighty to ninety percent of patients respond well to acupuncture and see noticeable improvement following care. It is most commonly used to address musculoskeletal issues. Whether you are suffering from acute or chronic pain – it can help reduce inflammation, decrease muscle spasms, and restore range of motion to otherwise limited areas.

We want you to know what to expect during your initial acupuncture session. After meeting with one of our experienced practitioners and going over your health history, you will undergo a non-invasive physical examination. Together, reviewing your past health as well as taking a closer look at your existing health will help us determine how we can help you.

As soon as we know what is going on with your body, we will target the problem area with either dry needling or electrical stimulation needling. Rest assured, we will walk you through each step prior to beginning care.

Are You Ready for More?

Now that you have an idea of what acupuncture is and how it optimizes body function – we want to hear from you. Whether you are ready to schedule your appointment or want to learn more, Alta Vista Chiropractic & Massage Clinic is glad to help. All questions and concerns are welcome!

You have one body and one life to live. Prioritize your health and say goodbye to nagging pain and discomfort with safe, gentle acupuncture. Reach out to us today for more information about this alternative health care therapy. We cannot wait to help you get started.
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Acupuncture Alta Vista, Ottawa South, Ottawa ON | (613) 731-5775