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Acupuncture in Lethbridge

Why choose Able Body for acupuncture in Lethbridge?

Experience the best of both worlds at Able Body Health Clinic, your premier destination for acupuncture in Lethbridge. Our expert acupuncturist is skilled in both Traditional Chinese acupuncture and Western medical techniques, ensuring a tailored approach to meet your health goals efficiently. Techniques include dry needling and electro-acupuncture, also known as intermuscular stimulation (IMS).

At Able Body, we’re not just about meeting patient expectations - we aim to exceed them. We strive to set a new standard in patient care, making your well-being our top priority. Plus, with the convenience of direct insurance billing and a central location in Lethbridge, your path to improved health has never been easier. Choose Able Body Health Clinic for your acupuncture needs in Lethbridge - where your health is our mission!

 

Understanding Acupuncture:

Acupuncture, a practice that involves puncturing the body with needles, is a time-honored treatment method central to Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). While its origins are deeply rooted in China, a modern adaptation known as Western or Medical acupuncture has gained popularity. Both TCM and medical acupuncture treatments involve the use of tiny, hair-thin needles inserted at specific points on the body to stimulate a healing response. The broad spectrum of acupuncture includes traditional body needling, dry needling, electro-acupuncture or IMS, laser acupuncture, microsystem acupuncture (ear, face, hand, scalp), and acupressure.

Distinguishing Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) and Medical Acupuncture:

Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM)

TCM theory posits that twelve energy channels, or “meridians,” run along the human body. Illness is believed to result from blockages in the energy flow through these meridians. Acupuncture therapy in TCM aims to stimulate the energy flow, or “qi” (pronounced “chee”), through the meridians to restore balance and health to the body and mind. TCM acupuncture is used to treat a wide range of conditions, from pain-centered to non-pain conditions, including gastrointestinal issues (nausea, acid reflux, diarrhea, constipation, IBS), gynecological problems (PMS, cramps, irregular cycles, infertility, hot flushes), and psycho-emotional conditions (insomnia, depression, anxiety, addictions).

Medical Acupuncture

On the other hand, medical acupuncture applies current knowledge of anatomy, physiology, and pathology to modulate the nervous system’s abnormal activity using needles. Often performed by chiropractors, medical doctors, and physiotherapists, medical acupuncture, also known as dry-needling or intra-muscular stimulation (IMS), primarily treats acute or chronic musculoskeletal pain conditions (i.e., pain and/or dysfunction of the joints, ligaments, tendons, muscles). Acupuncture is gaining recognition in the medical community as a viable treatment for chronic pain, given its ability to stimulate the release of opioid peptides and serotonin, and facilitate the inhibition of nociceptive (pain) pathways.

What style of acupuncture is offered at Able Body?

At Able Body Health Clinic we are pleased to offer our patients both types of treatments! Dr. Reinhart (BSc, MSc, PhD, DC, RAc) is a graduate of both the Contemporary Medical Acupuncture program at McMaster University (Hamilton, ON), which focuses on the science-based application of acupuncture, and the TCM-based Diploma of Acupuncture program at the Calgary College of Traditional Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture (Calgary, AB). Treatments are always customized to the needs of each individual. Patients often receive a unique blend of Eastern and Western-based techniques. With advanced degrees, extensive experience and the ability to draw from both medical and traditional Chinese approaches, Dr. Reinhart offers the most comprehensive approach to acupuncture in Lethbridge.

What to Expect at Your First Appointment?

Your first appointment begins with a comprehensive health assessment. We’ll ask about your current health status, past medical history, symptoms, and lifestyle, followed by a relevant physical examination. Based on these findings, we’ll provide a diagnosis, a report of our findings, and a personalized management plan.

If acupuncture is suitable for your condition, Dr. Reinhart will identify the needle insertion points, drawing from her deep understanding of neuromuscular anatomy and TCM theory. The needles are then gently inserted and stimulated to trigger the desired physiological response.

In addition to condition-specific points, Dr. Reinhart may also include some “extra-points,” typically located in the hands and feet. These points are known to have a potent calming effect on the sympathetic nervous system, also known as your “fight or flight” response.

The initial appointment typically lasts about 60 minutes, with subsequent appointments taking between 30-45 minutes. At Able Body Health Clinic, we’re committed to providing a holistic, patient-centered approach to your health and well-being.

 

What conditions can acupuncture help with?

Contrary to popular belief, acupuncture treatment has been very well studied in both Eastern and Western scientific literature. The scientifically proven benefits of acupuncture are diverse and include but are not limited to: relief of chronic pain (reference 1), effective treatment for headaches and neck pain (reference 23414), reduction of inflammation (reference 56), improved blood flow (reference 7), reduction in stress/anxiety/depression (reference 89), treatment of seasonal allergic rhinitis (reference 1516), reduction of pain during labor (reference 17), as well as improvement in sleep disturbance (reference 1011). Acupuncture can be effective as a solitary treatment, or as an adjunct to other therapeutic interventions.

The World Health Organization (reference 12) recognizes the use of acupuncture for treatment of the following conditions:
  • Sports related injuries and other movement disorders: sprains and strains, tennis elbow, knee pain;
  • Musculoskeletal pain problems: neck pain, shoulder pain, low back pain, joint pain;
  • Chronic pain: headaches, sciatica, osteoarthritis, facial and jaw pain;
  • Digestive disorders: nausea, constipation;
  • Menstrual/Reproductive/Gynecological problems: dysmenorrhea, PMS, perimenopausal symptoms, infertility, induction of labour;
  • Respiratory problems: sinusitis, asthma, sore throat and recurrent respiratory tract infections;
  • Stress related problems: addictions, depression, anxiety, insomnia

Are there any side effects?

Acupuncture is generally very safe. Serious side effects are rare – less than one per 10,000 treatments (reference 13). Some of the mild, but more common side effects that you should be aware of include:

  • Drowsiness occurs in a small number of patients during or after treatments. Many patients will fall asleep during treatment and in fact, patients often report improved sleep on the same night as the treatment.
  • Dizziness or light-headedness can be experienced during or following treatment. This is most common in new patients who are particularly nervous, or those who have skipped meals before coming to an appointment.
  • Similar to other manual therapies (e.g., chiropractic, massage, physiotherapy), minor soreness or bruising may occur following treatment, but this is rare.

Offering both modern medical and traditional Chinese acupuncture approaches, direct insurance billing and a central location, Able Body Health Clinic is the best place to receive acupuncture in Lethbridge!

References:

1) Acupuncture for Chronic Pain Individual Patient Data Meta-analysis. Arch Intern Med. 2012;10:1-10.

2) Acupuncture for migraine prophylaxis. Cochrane Database Syst Rev. 2009;21(1):CD001218.

3) Acupuncture for tension-type headache. Cochrane Database Syst Rev. 2009;21(1):CD007587.

5) The Anti-Inflammatory Effects of Acupuncture and Their Relevance to Allergic Rhinitis. Evidence-Based CAM, 2013, Article ID 591796.

6) Anti-inflammatory actions of acupuncture. Mediators Inflamm. 2003;12(2):59-69.

7) Evaluation of the Effects of Acupuncture on Blood Flow in Humans with Ultrasound Doppler. Evid Based CAM. 2012: 513638.

8) Acupuncture for depression: a review of clinical applications. Can J Psychiatry. 2012;57(7):397-405.

9) The effectiveness of acupuncture research across components of the trauma spectrum response: a systematic review. Syst Rev. 2012;15(1):46.

10) Acupuncture improves sleep in postmenopause in a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled study. Climacteric. 2013;16(1):36-40.

11) Acupuncture for insomnia. Cochrane Database Syst Rev. 2012;12(9):CD005472.

12) WHO. Acupuncture: Review and Analysis of Reports on Controlled Clinical Trials:

13) A cumulative review of the range and incidence of significant adverse events associated with acupuncture. Acupunct Med. 2004;22(3):122-33.

14) An ICON overview of physical modalities for neck pain and associated disorders. Open Orthop J. 2013 Sep 20:7:440-60.

15) Brinkhaus, B. et al. Acupuncture in patients with seasonal allergic rhinitis: a randomized trial. Ann Intern Med. 2013 Feb 19;158(4):225-34.

16) Reinhold, T. et al. Cost-effectiveness for acupuncture in seasonal allergic rhinitis: economic results of the ACUSAR trial. Ann Allergy Asthma Immunol. 2013 Jul;111(1):56-63.

17) Chaillet N. et al. Nonpharmacologic approaches for pain management during labor compared with usual care: a meta-analysis. Birth. 2014 Jun;41(2):122-37.