How does acupuncture work?

Acupuncture effects every major system of the body, including the circulatory, genitourinary, endocrine, immune systems, cerebral, cardiac and gastrointestinal.

  • Acupuncture promotes blood flow. Blood contains oxygen, nutrients, immune substances, hormones, analgesics, and anti-inflammatories.

  • Acupuncture reduces stress. Acupuncture stimulates the release of oxytocin, which regulates the parasympathetic nervous system to promote restoration and healing.

  • Acupuncture stimulates the body’s built-in healing mechanisms. Acupuncture stimulates the body’s ability to spontaneously heal injuries to the tissue.

  • Acupuncture releases natural painkillers. Acupuncture signals to release chemicals such as endorphins, norepinephrine and enkephalin.

  • Acupuncture relaxes shortened muscles. This releases pressure on joint structures and nerves, promotes blood flow and stimulates healing.

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Clinical studies have observed several physiological effects of acupuncture, including increased circulation, decreased inflammation, relief from pain, relief of muscle spasms, and increased T-cell count, which stimulates the immune system. This is why acupuncture works well for so many things from pain to inflammation, immune system regulation, to women’s health and fertility, as well as anxiety and depression.

 

FERTILITY

Studies have shown that acupuncture increases blood flow to the reproductive organs, balances the hormone system, and stimulates the parasympathetic nervous system – all which help to boost fertility.

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PREGNANCY

Acupuncture helps to reduce first trimester symptoms including nausea and fatigue – as well as lessening chances of miscarriage and postpartum symptoms. It has also been shown to support good baby positioning before labour, as well as help during labour for recovery, and support primary treatments for high blood pressure or body pain.  

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ANXIETY/STRESS/DEPRESSION

Acupuncture acts to down-regulate the sympathetic/fight or flight nervous system, allowing for reduced stress response, less anxiety and better sleep. Acupuncture has been shown to support pharmaceutical options for better results.

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PAIN

Acupuncture works in three ways to reduce pain. First, it acts on the nervous system to interrupt the pain signal, also the combination of needles causes the body to release chemicals which act as natural pain killers, and finally by needling muscle knots and spasms we can get the muscles to release and relax.

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What Happens
during a Treatment?

After an initial interview or short follow-up conversation, you will lie either on your back or front on a massage table. Loose pants and a loose top are most comfortable and it allows Sean to access all the points necessary for the treatment. Sometimes it is more convenient to remove some articles of clothing and use a sheet for draping purposes.

The temperature in the room is comfortable and there is also a heat lamp for added warmth and circulation.

Sean may palpate your skin, feel your pulse or look at your tongue, depending on the treatment plan and what you are working on. He will then clean each area to be needled with alcohol, to prepare for the acupuncture. During this time you may be chatting and sharing more information.

The high-quality, sterile, single-use needles are held in a guide tube – a slim, plastic tube that holds the needles in place and allows for precision of placement. You will feel the guide tube on your skin before the needle is gently tapped. This is a pain-free insertion method. Electrical stimulation with a high-quality machine may be included with the treatment. This is comfortable and pain-free.

You will then relax in comfort, with low light and relaxing music for 30-45 minutes, depending on the treatment protocol. Acupressure or cupping therapy may also be used, before or after the acupuncture treatment.

IS IT SAFE? DOES IT HURT?

Needles inserted during an acupuncture treatment should be painless. Every patient experience is different; patients may experience bruising, bleeding, needle site pain and sensation, or needle fainting. However, these symptoms may be expected (minimal bleeding) and desired (tingle, tight sensation – “de qi response”). Patients should inform the practitioner if any discomfort arises.

IS DRY NEEDLING
THE SAME AS TCM ACUPUNCTURE?

Dry needling is a technique used by Western practitioners such as physiotherapists, chiropractors, and occupational therapists etc. based on strictly body anatomy in opposed to TCM principals. Thin metal needles are inserted in specific muscle trigger points to release tension and pain. Dry needling does not apply any TCM principles nor diagnosis. Hence, dry needling practitioners are not necessarily receiving the same level of training as set out by the standards of our College. In other words, those who practise dry needling might not meet the requirements to use the title of “Registered Acupuncturist” or “Registered Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioner” in the province of Ontario.

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NOTE:

Acupuncture is a regulated profession in Ontario. The College (CTCMPAO) is the governing body established by the government of Ontario, under the Regulated Health Professions Act, 1991 and the Traditional Chinese Medicine Act, 2006.

The law in Ontario requires that every practitioner must be a registered member of the College (CTCMPAO).

Fees

Acupuncture
Complimentary Meet & Greet (15 min) $0
Initial General Acupuncture Assessment & Treatment
(60 Min)
$95
Initial Women’s Reproductive Health/FertilityAcupuncture Assessment & Treatment
(60 Min)
$110
Initial Men’s Reproductive Health/Fertility Acupuncture Assessment & Treatment
(60 Min)
$110
Initial Pregnancy Acupuncture Assessment & Treatment  (60 Min) $95
Follow-up Acupuncture (60 min) $90
Follow-up Acupuncture (45 min) $75
Follow-up Acupuncture (30 min) $60
Cupping Treatment (30 min) $60
Cupping Treatment (45 min) $75

All pricing reflects 2019 rates.

Sean Quigley

R.Ac., FABORM
Registered Acupuncturist

Focus In: Reproductive Health/Fertility

About Sean

“Whether you want to improve your fertility, require pregnancy support or are having pain or insomnia – I have the skills, education and experience to help you feel better.”

Over thousands of treatments, Sean has successfully assisted men and women with fertility and reproductive health concerns, supported IVF cycles, treated women at all stages of pregnancy, supported stress reduction and related symptoms, and worked closely with chronic and acute pain management and healing.

Sean is incredibly passionate about the power of acupuncture to get people healthy and keep them healthy. He communicates clearly and understands individuals needs in order to develop a plan that is sustainable. Sean wants to get you well and then give you the tools to keep yourself well. After that he wants you to tell your friends and family how wonderful Chinese medicine is too!

“I believe we should take a closer look a the smaller details of our health, growing an awareness and connection to our bodies, leading to sustainable change.”

Sean’s philosophy on health is that Western medicine excels at life-threatening illness and acute interventions and that Chinese medicine is superior at getting and staying healthy. He believes that traditional and modern medicine should complement each other to best serve the patient.

He graduated from the respected International College of Traditional Chinese Medicine in Vancouver and is a fellow of ABORM (American Board of Oriental Reproductive Medicine) while completing postgraduate studies in reproductive health and pain management. He has additional degrees from the University of Toronto and University of British Columbia in history and education.

When not in the clinic Sean loves spending time with his wife and two daughters, gardening, playing music or immersing himself in nature and exploring all the amazing things that Kingston and the Thousand Islands have to offer.

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