A safe and non-invasive technique that accelerates the healing process, decreases inflammation and provides pain relief.
Acupuncture is a form of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) that uses needles to stimulate the balance and flow of Qi energy through the body. According to TCM, Qi energy flows along pathways (known as meridians) connected throughout the whole body. When the energy of flow is smooth, the body is in good health; when the flow of energy is deficient or obstructed, it indicates a susceptibility for illness and/or certain conditions.
Acupuncture is a safe and effective alternative treatment. Practitioners at Legacies combine this technique with Western medicine, evidence-informed practice, to provide this as an alternative or adjunct treatment.
The registered acupuncture treatment involves using extremely thin, medical grade, sterile and disposable acupuncture needles. There is actually sometimes no perception of the needle, and most people describe a small, light pinch where the needle is inserted. Your Acupuncturist may also use a technique called “cupping” for specific circulatory reasons, and will give homecare advice ranging from exercise to lifestyle changes and recommendations.
Is Acupuncture recommended for me?
Individuals from all ages (children to seniors) can be treated with acupuncture. A recommended course of treatment can be made after a complete assessment by one of our trained practitioners who are trained in acupuncture. If you are not sure if this treatment is for you, Legacies offers complimentary 15-minute consultation, where a therapist will be able to assess if this treatment is recommended for your individual needs.
The registered Acupuncturist at Legacies Health Centre predominantly sees patients where pain persists (becomes chronic) for various reasons. This can also be a very effective form of treatment when other forms of therapy have failed.
Below is a list of conditions commonly treated with acupuncture:
Pain (any area of the body)
Muscle and joint dysfunctions
Whiplash (i.e. motor vehicle accident)
Concussion management and symptoms
Sports related injury
Benefits of Acupuncture
Acupuncture is a non-invasive technique, with limited or minor side effects, helps to:
- Reduce pain, spasm, swelling and inflammation
- Promote faster natural healing process
- Increase circulation
- Improve function and mobility
- Enhance quality of life for individuals with chronic pain
Why Choose Acupuncture at Legacies Health Centre?
Our Team treats a wide range of injuries and conditions in our state-of-the-art health centres. Each clinic features private treatment rooms and the latest in therapy, exercise equipment and treatment techniques. Our acupuncture therapists are trained and certified by Fu’s Subcutaneous Needling Association of Canada (FSNAC).
- Experienced and knowledgeable team of clinicians.
- Wide range of treatment and services under the same roof.
- Convenient locations across the Lower Mainland.
- Easy Online Booking.
- Free Parking.
- Direct Billing available to most services and providers (see list)
Acupuncture treatment is covered by most extended health insurers and MSP, and it is also available for ICBC and WCB claims.
Before Your Appointment
If there are any specific preparations required for your appointment, you will be advised prior to your appointment day.
First & Subsequent Appointments
We recommend not eating too much, nor having an empty stomach for your appointment. Please wear loose fitting and comfortable clothes that can easily be rolled up, or expose the area of treatment.
The initial visit will take approximately 60-minutes. Your acupuncture therapist will collect your medical history, perform a physical assessment, and advise you of the diagnosis and recommended treatment. Your therapist may also refer you to other practitioners at our clinic that are aligned to your individual treatment plan.
At each subsequent visit, please provide your therapist with as much details and feedback as possible. This will enable the acupuncturist to re-examine the treatment plan and make necessary adjustments. Different techniques may be used to enhance outcomes.
At the end of the session, you will be reminded to book your follow-up appointments, when needed. You may do that with your clinician, call one of our locations, or book online.
After Your Appointment
You will be able to move the body part normally, and you may notice relief of symptoms after the session. If you experienced small amounts of bleeding during the needle insertion, you may also notice mild bruising at the area where the needle was inserted. Heating pad can be applied locally for 20 minutes after treatment.
Frequently Asked Questions
Yes, acupuncture is a safe technique. Needles are sterile and meant for a single-use, so there is no risk of infection or transmission of disease.
Individuals may experience minimal discomfort during treatment. It is common to feel aching, heat and heaviness during the treatment, which is not perceived as an undesirable outcome. These symptoms may be present from a few seconds to a few hours after the treatment. During the treatment, you may also experience small amount of bleeding at the needle site, which may case mild bruising. Individuals may also experience fatigue, dizziness, tingling, sweating, nausea, or fainting.
At Legacies Health Centre, appointments may be booked by phone (604-591-5569), online or in-person. Visit our contact page to call the most convenient location for you. You may also call our main number 604-591-5569 and choose the most convenient location from the directory.
Legacies offers complimentary 15-minute consultation, where a therapist will be able to assess if this treatment is recommended for your individual needs.
No, you do not need a referral for an acupuncture appointment.
Acupuncture treatment is covered by most extended health insurers and MSP, and it is also available for ICBC and WCB claims. Clients should refer to their specific Extended Medical Plan coverage for details on services and coverage available.
If you have coverage, Legacies Health Centre directly bills most Extended Health Plans Take a look at our list of direct billing insurers to see if we direct bill to yours, or call us at 604-591-5569 to confirm.
If your plan is not in our list of direct billing providers, Legacies provides a medical receipt to be used on request for reimbursement.
Locations That Offer Acupuncture
Insurance Claims & Information
Get Back to Health after an Accident or Workplace Injury.
Extended Health Coverage
Legacies Health Centre offers direct billing to most Extended Health plans to the majority of our services. Some services (like Clinical Counselling), do not offer direct billing. In such instances, Legacies provides a medical receipt to be used on request for reimbursement. See an updated list of providers by clicking the ‘Learn More’ button below.
ICBC Insurance Claims
Legacies Practitioners, including Physiotherapists, Massage Therapists, Occupational Therapists, and Kinesiologists, all have extensive experience in administering ICBC treatments. We are here to help! Click the ‘learn more’ button for additional details.
Workplace injuries are usually due to trauma or overuse. If you have been injured as a result of a workplace activity, our team of experts at Legacies can perform a comprehensive assessment and develop a treatment plan to reduce your symptoms and rehabilitate your injury.
If your claim is approved by WSBC, your initial assessment is 100% covered with a WorkSafeBC Claim number. Once your claim has been accepted by WorkSafeBC, the full treatment cost of your appointments will be funded (within the approved time parameters). When you are ready, your physiotherapist will work with you, your employer, physician, and WorkSafeBC Case Manager to develop a safe and appropriate return to work plan. If your claim has been denied or is disallowed, the expenses will need to be covered by the Patient
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