Medical Acupuncture

Acupuncture is a health science which is used to successfully treat both pain and dysfunction in the body. Originating in Asia several thousands of years ago, with deep roots in China, acupuncture is now widely practiced worldwide by health practitioners as a proven, effective and gentle therapy for the treatment of pain and functional disorders.

Medical Acupuncture (performed by either a Chiropractic Doctor or an Acupuncturist) is effective in the treatment of a wide variety of conditions including: headaches, neck and shoulder pain, back pain, sciatica, carpal tunnel syndrome, fibromyalgia, sinus problems, migraines, pregnancy-related problems, fertility enhancements, insomnia and many other conditions.

Emkiro Acupuncture Providers

Dr. Michelle Kang – DC | R.Ac

Fees and Rates

Acupuncture Initial Exam $85.00
Acupuncture Treatment $65.00-85.00

*Most workplace insurance plans cover the cost of Acupuncture.

What is Medical Acupuncture?

Medical Acupuncture involves the insertion of very fine needles in specific points on the body, with the intent of treating certain conditions. The target structures are based on the examination findings and the aim is to stimulate a healing response directly at the tissue level. Electric stimulation may be added to the needles to amplify the healing effect for a stronger acupuncture healing response.

What can be treated by Medical Acupuncture?

Acupuncture is recognized by the World Health Organization and is effective in treating a number of disorders including but not limited to:
– shoulder pain
– neck and back pain
– knee pain
– tennis and golfer’s elbow
– osteoarthritis
– muscular imbalances
– repetitive stress injuries
– sports injuries
– headaches
– migraines
– pregnancy-related problems
– fertility enhancements
– insomnia
– fatigue
– anxiety
– sciatica
– numbness and tingling
– quitting smoking
– asthma
– gastrointestinal disorders

Please ask your Emkiro Acupuncture Provider for more information.

Does Acupuncture hurt?

No, Acupuncture does not hurt. It is normal when a patient sometimes feels heaviness, aching or tingling around the site of the needle insertion. The Acupuncture needles used are very fine and thin, and are unlikely to cause any discomfort. In general, most patients describe acupuncture as very relaxing.

How deep do the Acupuncture needles go in?

Typically, the acupuncture needles are inserted to a depth of ¼ to 1 inch. Depth depends on the size of the person and the target structure and location.

How long are the Acupuncture needles left in place?

Once the needles are inserted, they are left in place for around 20 minutes, depending on the patient’s condition. During this time, the patient should remain still, relaxed and in a comfortable position.

Are the Acupuncture needles clean?

Emkiro only uses sterilized, single use, stainless steel Acupuncture needles. Once the needles are removed from their sealed packaging they are only used once and then disposed of.

How many Acupuncture treatments does it take to get better?

This depends on the condition being treated. If the condition is fairly new and uncomplicated, a patient may only need up to 5 Acupuncture treatments. However, if it is a more serious condition the patient may require anywhere from 5 to 15 Acupuncture treatments. Some chronic conditions may require more sessions of Acupuncture.

How long does each Acupuncture treatment take?

The first visit will include a full assessment where the patient is asked a number of questions about his or her health. A focused regional physical exam follows. Following this, the first treatment is performed. This process takes about one hour, and around 30 minutes for subsequent treatments.

Do insurance plans cover Acupuncture?

Yes. The majority of Canadian workers have partial or full coverage for Acupuncture services in their workplace health care plans. Patients should check their individual extended health coverage plans to ensure adequate coverage. Emkiro does provide acupuncture by Registered Acupuncturists. OHIP does not cover these services. The Acupuncture patient is provided with a detailed itemized receipt listing the services provided, the credentials of the treating Acupuncture Provider, as well as payment details for reimbursement.

Do I need a Doctor’s prescription for Acupuncture?

Some insurance companies may require a note from a physician explaining why Acupuncture has been recommended. It is recommended that patients check with their insurance, and if needed they can make a medical walk-in appointment at Emkiro for a physician’s assessment and referral, usually on the same day.