Acupuncture

What is Acupuncture?

Acupuncture is a treatment based on the principles of Traditional Chinese Medicine. It involves the insertion of very thin needles into specific points on the body to bring about changes in your health. Acupuncture has been used for over 3000 years to address various ailments and health concerns.

 

In Traditional Chinese Medicine, it is believed that we have an energetic force (also known as a life force) within our body that can become imbalanced and dysfunctional. This energetic force is known as Qi (pronounced "chee"). When our body's energy is out of balance, stuck in a specific area, deficient, or in excess, we experience symptoms. Acupuncture can be used to restore this imbalance by directing the proper flow of Qi through the acupuncture meridians present all over the body, which brings about balance and healing.

In Western medical terms, acupuncture can be used to stimulate muscles, nerves, blood flow, and connective tissue, which draws the body's attention to areas of the body that require healing. This allows the body to direct the appropriate resources (blood flow, nutrients, etc) to the area to address the issue.

 

While acupuncture may sound scary to some, most find the experience relaxing and very pleasant. 

What can be treated with Acupuncture?

  • Painful Conditions

    • Muscle Tension

    • Headaches and Migraines

    • Arthritis

    • TMJ Disorder

    • Tendonitis

    • Rotator Cuff Injuries

    • Sciatica

    • Hip and Low Back Pain

    • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

    • Plantar Fasciitis

  • Hormonal Conditions​

    • Painful Periods​

    • Irregular Periods

    • Menopause

    • Infertility

  • Respiratory Conditions​

    • Asthma​

    • COPD

    • Seasonal allergies

    • Congestion

  • Skin Conditions

    • Eczema​

    • Psoriasis

    • Acne

  • Digestion-related Conditions

    • Heartburn​

    • Hiccups

    • Diarrhea

    • Constipation

    • Bloating

    • Irritable Bowel Syndrome

    • Inflammatory Bowel Disease

  • Mental Health Conditions​​

    • Anxiety​

    • Stress

    • Insomnia

  • Immune System Support

    • Colds and Flus​

    • Urinary Tract Infections

    • Sinusitis

Electro-acupuncture

Electro-acupuncture involves adding an electrical current to specific acupuncture points to increase energy flow and the body's awareness of these points. Acupuncture needles are inserted the same way as a regular acupuncture treatment. Electrodes are then attached to the handle of the chosen needles and a small electric current is passed through the needles. The goal with this is not to make the needles hurt, but to increase your awareness of the needles. Electro-acupuncture is typically used in pain management and arthritic conditions. 

Facial Rejuvenation Acupuncture

Facial Rejuvenation Acupuncture is a cosmetic acupuncture treatment used to address age lines and scars, as well as promote graceful aging. This form of acupuncture makes the skin appear smoother and firmer, reduces age lines, and prevents new lines from forming. Facial Rejuvenation Acupuncture provides a natural alternative to surgical procedures or Botox injections. 

 

There are two main needle techniques used in Facial Rejuvenation Acupuncture. The first technique involves inserting needles very close to the skin surface, along age lines (also known as wrinkles). The purpose of this is to create "micro-trauma", which stimulates the body to produce collagen to fill the line and increase blood flow to the skin to nourish the skin and newly forming collagen. The second technique involves inserting needles into the muscles responsible for facial expressions contributing to your specific age lines. This helps to tone the muscles and lift the skin, preventing age lines from becoming deeper, or from forming in the first place. 

In addition to acupuncture points on the face, head, and chest, acupuncture points on your body and limbs are also used to address any other conditions that may be contributing to your overall skin health. 

Dr. Melyssa Hoitink, ND

The Lakeside Clinic

Phone: (705) 726-0923

Email: info@thelakesideclinic.com

Location:

570 Bryne Dr., Unit F

Barrie, Ontario, Canada

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