Chinese Acupuncture

Acupuncture is most commonly used to treat pain. It is a key component of traditional Chinese medicine that uses thin, dry needles that are inserted at specific meridian points on your skin. These needles can be removed instantly or kept in for 10–30 minutes, depending on the treatment.  Acupuncture helps to improve blood circulation, relax the muscles, and restore biochemical balance.

Conditions acupuncture can help:

  • high and low blood pressure
  • chemotherapy-induced nausea and vomiting
  • gastric conditions such as peptic ulcers
  • painful menstruation
  • dysentery
  • allergies
  • facial pain
  • morning sickness
  • rheumatoid arthritis
  • sprains
  • tennis elbow
  • sciatica
  • dental pain

How does acupuncture help?

Acupuncture stimulates the central nervous system, which triggers the release of helpful chemicals such as endorphins, adenosine, and serotonin to your body. Endorphins act as a strong painkiller, and adenosine has powerful anti-inflammatory and pain-relieving effects. Serotonin, aka the happy hormone, contributes to positive feelings and sleep regulation. All of these contribute to relieving your pain and promoting physical and emotional balance.

Acupuncture treatment is proven to help with chronic pain including lower back, neck, knee, musculoskeletal, osteoarthritic, headache, and migraine.

Acupuncture for Sciatica

Sciatica is the pain caused by the pressure or injury to the sciatic nerve which often results in shooting pain down the back of the leg. It is often associated with the radiating sensation such as numbness and tingling or burning sensation down the leg. The sciatic nerve originates from L4-S3 and can be compressed at various points along the spine, also resulting in the inflammation of the nerve itself. One of the most common causes of the sciatica is the disc bulging/herniation and/or tight muscles around your gluteal region (piriformis syndrome).

Acupuncture can stimulate different points in your lower back and leg, which helps to reduce the muscle tension, improving blood circulation and stimulate endorphin release to the affected area. These combined effects will help to alleviate the pain and inflammation caused by pinched nerve and allow body to heal.

Acupuncture has been shown to be an effective treatment for sciatica with multiple systematic review article that shows the efficacy of the acupuncture which improved sciatica symptoms better than NSAID treatment.

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Facial Acupuncture for Anti-Aging

Facial acupuncture uses the meridians in the body that either end or begin in the face to stimulate and balance energy while also treating underlying factors that contribute to the aging process. 

Facial acupuncture works by piercing the skin with tiny acupuncture needles, creating “positive” microtraumas that increase blood circulation to the face and boost collagen and elastin production to tighten your skin. Facial acupuncture is an anti-aging treatment because it balances your internal systems while simultaneously boosting the health and appearance of the skin.

Cupping Therapy (Myofascial Decompression)

Cupping is an ancient healing therapy where the provider uses cupping cups on your back, legs, or other parts of your body. A suction force is created inside the cup to pull your skin upward. The suction force draws fluid into the area, helps to break the tiny blood vessels under the skin, and allows your body to send more blood to the area to stimulate the healing process. It allows for decompression of adhesions and scar tissues, relaxation of spasmed muscles, decreases in trigger point pains, and reduced inflammation and tissue changes following trauma. The benefits of cupping include pain relief and muscle relaxation.

Contact Vitalpoint Chiropractic to schedule your appointment for cupping to relieve your chronic pain. 


Acupuncture for ICBC Claims

With valid ICBC claims, ICBC covers the acupuncture treatment for up to 12 visits in the first 12 weeks of the date of injury. However, there are some car injuries where the symptoms may not appear for several hours or days after the accident. Whether you are suffering from soft tissue injuries or anxiety after a car accident, try acupuncture treatment in Vancouver for your rapid recovery. The only way to know for sure is to visit the acupuncturist for your ICBC injury in Vancouver as soon as possible after your accident.

  • Our acupuncturist will perform a thorough assessment of your injury. Your therapist may also refer you to our other practitioners to develop a comprehensive treatment plan to improve your recovery time and outcome.
  • After the assessment, the acupuncturist will provide appropriate therapy including needling and/or cupping that is ideal for your health condition.
  • The acupuncturist will also go over post-treatment instructions that you can do at home.
  • Our acupuncturist will determine the number of sessions you need for your ICBC injury and inform you if you have reached the maximum level of recovery.

Benefits of Acupuncture in Recovery from Motor Vehicle Accidents (MVA)

Don’t delay treatment after a motor vehicle injury. Acupuncture is an effective way to treat both physical and psychological symptoms rapidly after the MVA. Acupuncture treatments can help to calm your nervous system as your body is in shock after the MVA. In addition, commonly caused MVA injuries, such as soft tissue issues, are exceptionally handled by acupuncture treatment. Acupuncture helps to promote healing and reduces inflammation so that you can have a rapid recovery.

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