At Tread Well, we never follow a one-size-fits-all approach — simply because we know that never works. Our team understands that each individual is unique. This means that each treatment plan is tailored for each patient.
As such, our Burlington acupuncture clinic strives to provide an array of services to get you back to the activities you know and love. Acupuncture is one of the many treatments we use to help relieve pain and improve healing outcomes, guiding you toward better health.
As part of your physiotherapy or chiropractic care plan, your practitioner may recommend acupuncture to enhance your recovery and get you back to feeling your best. However, you do not require a physio or chiropractic appointment to book an acupuncture session with our team.
What Is Acupuncture?
For thousands of years, acupuncture has been used to treat various disorders in the body such as musculoskeletal pain, chronic pain conditions, headaches, digestive issues, and more. Specifically, acupuncture dates far back in Ancient Chinese history, with it becoming more mainstream in recent decades.
Chinese acupuncture is an ancient form of alternative medicine that uses ultra-fine needles on specific points in the body to control energy flow. Acupuncturists aim to manipulate the energy, designated as “qi,” so that it can travel freely throughout channels in the body called meridians. Maneuvering qi flow is believed to encourage the body’s natural healing process and is used to treat an impressive range of disorders.
Generally, acupuncture is considered very safe. Modern acupuncture uses sterile, single-use stainless-steel needles. Practitioners know where the acupuncture points in the body are — and by extension, where pools of qi are stored. By inserting needles into specific points along your meridians, your body’s energy flow rebalances, and harmony is restored.
Scientists further theorize that the insertion of acupuncture needles stimulates endorphins. These endorphins act as your body’s natural pain-relievers. In this way, countless individuals have experienced the positive benefits of acupuncture treatment.
What Should You Expect At Your Acupuncture Appointment?
An initial assessment is carried out before your first acupuncture session. This may involve an examination of your complaints or concerns and questions regarding your previous health history.
From there, your practitioner will determine the best acupuncture points for your session and goals. Upon insertion of the needles, you may feel a warm or tingling sensation.
Some individuals also report some aching at the site of insertion. However, this is less common.
For first-timers, the needles will likely be left in for 15 minutes or less. At later sessions, this duration may be increased to 30 minutes or more. Your acupuncturist will walk you through the entire process step-by-step.
While many individuals report immediate relief after their acupuncture sessions, others may require several sessions before they notice any improvements.
In addition to our acupuncture services, our practitioners are proud to offer fire cupping treatments. Fire cupping involves creating a vacuum in a small glass bulb (the “cup”), which is then applied to the body to increase blood flow and circulation. A tiny flame creates the vacuum by heating the air in the cup
After your practitioner places the cup on your skin, the vacuum in the cup creates suction on the skin. The practitioner can leave the cup in place or move it along the body to create a “massaging” sensation. Like acupuncture, your practitioner will explain the process and address any concerns you have throughout your treatment session.
Jacqueline Marti is a traditional Chinese medicine registered acupuncturist in Ontario. She has a solid background in acupuncture, graduating from the Shiatsu School of Canada.
She offers traditional Chinese medicine acupuncture as a complementary and alternative approach to the treatment of illness and wellness promotion.
As a traditional Chinese medicine acupuncturist, she has great experience treating musculoskeletal conditions, including muscle pull, neck pain, shoulder impediment, tennis elbow, lower back strain, hamstring strain, runner’s knee, ankle sprain, Achille’s tendonitis, arch pain, nerve pain, PTD, and neuropathies.
Jacqueline has also treated internal medical conditions, including gynecological disorders, infertility, insomnia, migraines, asthma, allergies, stress, skin disorders, arthritis, digestive problems, urinary problems anxiety, depression, emotional issues, fibromyalgia, low energy, side effects of chemotherapy and radiation, vertigo, tinnitus, Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s, post-stroke sequelae such as paralysis, paraplegias, aphasia, apraxia and more.
Her treatments always include regular acupuncture, auricular acupuncture, neurofunctional acupuncture, scalp acupuncture, and cosmetic acupuncture, achieving faster and better results.
These treatments also include a combination of different modalities such as electro-acupuncture, cupping, gua-sha, tuina massage, moxibustion, and traditional Chinese medicine nutritional counseling.
Nancy Nguyen is a registered chiropodist and registered acupuncturist at Tread Well Foot Clinic and Wellness Centre. She studied acupuncture and chiropody at the Michener Institute in Toronto. After studies in Toronto, Tianjin, and Beijing, she graduated from the 4-year acupuncture program in 2002.
She later graduated from the chiropody program at the Michener Institute in 2010. Over her career, Nancy has provided her unique combination of skills to patients in the Peel, Niagara, and Halton Regions.
Currently, Nancy is a member of the College of Chiropodists of Ontario and the College of Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioners and Acupuncturists of Ontario (CTCMPAO). With her training and experience in both Western and Eastern health disciplines, Nancy offers her patients with a unique perspective on maintaining life-long health.
The Tread Well team is ready to guide you toward a pain-free life. Book your acupuncture appointment with Nancy or Jacqueline today. Discover how acupuncture can help you get moving again and feel better!