“Traditional treatment that helps relieve acute pain, chronic pain, musculoskeletal and emotional problems”
What is Acupuncture?
Acupuncture is a healing practice derived from Traditional Chinese Medicine where micro-fine needles are lightly inserted into carefully selected acupuncture points (acupoints) on the body to stimulate the body’s natural healing system and relieve a wide variety of ailments by adjusting the body’s life energy. It stimulates the release of pain reducing neurotransmitters and regulates levels of the hormones associated with the body’s healing process.
The use of single-use, sterilized needles is also a common practice adopted by physiotherapists.
How it works?
By inserting needles into specific locations in the body, endorphins, the body’s natural and potent pain killer, are released and provide pain relief and reduce stress hormone levels. Insertion into tight or injured muscles can help relax the fascia wrapping around these damaged muscle tissues allowing circulation to fully return to the muscles and begin tissue repair.
Further, many acupoints fall near superficial nerve tissues. As the needles are inserted, neurotransmitters and neurohormones are released, reducing inflammation both locally and throughout the body which then promotes the body’s natural healing process.
Under Chinese Medicine, illness occurs when the body is out of balance or when something is blocking/affecting the energy (Qi) flow in the meridian channels that run throughout our bodies. By inserting the needles into acupoints, the channels are stimulated and the blockage of Qi is released to promote the body’s natural healing capabilities.
The National Institute of Health and the World Health Organization has recognized acupuncture to be effective in the treatment of a wide variety of medical problems.
The following is a list of some of the symptoms and conditions that can be treated with acupuncture:
Stress and anxiety
Headaches and migraines
Labor pain and morning sickness
Low back pain
Adverse reactions to radiation and chemotherapy
Respiratory disorders (i.e. allergic rhinitis)
Moxibustion is a traditional Chinese therapy used to stimulate specific acupuncture points throughout the body utilizing the mugwort herb (moxa) and combustion. Moxa is burned to warm various acupuncture points in order to further improve circulation and ultimately the flow of Qi.
Our practitioners utilize moxibustion therapy, often in combination with acupuncture (needling), as an effective treatment for a variety of conditions from back pain, muscle stiffness, headaches and migraines to tendonitis, arthritis, digestive disorders and even anxiety. When combined with acupuncture, moxibustion can greatly enhance the results of the treatment.
Cupping is a traditional Chinese therapy used to:
Decrease inflammation and tissue changes following trauma
Increase blood flow
Decrease trigger point pain
Cumulative treatments increase muscle endurance, circulation, increase lymphatic drainage and enhance overall ability to recover from workouts and strenuous activity.
During cupping, small glass cups are placed on affected areas, creating suction on the skin by way of heat for a set amount of time. Although these cups leave mild bruise-like marks on the skin, they usually disappear within a few days. The more severe the symptoms and pain are in the area, the darker the marks. Although cupping can be used on its own, it is commonly combined with acupuncture (needling) treatment for enhanced results.
Far Infrared Dome
Far infrared dome uses heat created by light to warm the body directly without warming the air around it. It uses far infrared rays which are nature’s heat energy - naturally found in the sun and within every living thing - to penetrate deeply into the tissue to activate sweat glands to assist in removing toxins from the body. It is used to help conditions such as chronic pain, detoxification, stress and weight loss.
Relieve stress and anxiety
Reduces cortisol to produce relaxation
Stimulates the immune system
Increases oxygenation of the blood
40 min - $90.00
For acute patients requiring 2 or more visits a week:
40 min - $60.00
Comprehensive treatment with a variety of acupuncture techniques and modern equipment. Your first visit also includes detailed consultation and diagnosis of your symptoms & conditions as well as development of treatment plan.
Cupping and Tuina Massage: Treatment
40 mins - $90.00
Acupuncture treatment with focus on the cupping treatment method.
Acupuncture: ICBC Injury Treatment
40 min NO USER FEE if:
you have the ICBC claim number, and
within 12 weeks of the accident causing the injury, or outside the 12 weeks period but obtained the ICBC claim adjuster's approval for treatment (if not, consult with us as we can talk to the ICBC on your behalf).
The initial session takes around 20 minutes longer for consultation and diagnosis.
What do I need to know before my first visit?
Before your appointment, make sure not to eat a meal within an hour prior to your appointment as this may affect the diagnosis process. Please make sure not to discolour your tongue with hard candy or beverages because the tongue is routinely examined as part of diagnosis. Wear comfortable clothes (i.e. running shorts and T-shirt).
We advise patients to come at least 10 minutes prior to their initial appointment to fill out an information form. Please bring the names and dosages of all medications and dietary supplements that you are taking.
After taking your detailed health history and running a clinical examination, the practitioner will discuss treatment options.
What can I expect during a session?
The practitioner may ask you to lie down on your back or stomach, or may have you rest in a sitting position depending on the acupuncture points they need to access. The acupuncture points will be cleaned with alcohol before the needling begins. The needles will typically remain in place for approximately 20 minutes before removal.
How long is each session?
The initial consultation and treatment typically takes 60 minutes. A complete medical history will be acquired, followed by a comprehensive evaluation and treatment administration. Follow-up visits depend on the treatment but typically take 40-45 minutes.
How many treatments will I need? How frequently will I need to come?
The number and frequency of treatments depend on the severity of the patient’s condition and whether it is a chronic or acute condition. Generally, chronic conditions require a long-term of consistent treatments for best results. Those with acute conditions can expect results within the first few visits, and can be healed faster if treatment is started soon after onset of the condition. That being said, it is important to note that results may vary from case to case because each person is unique.
Are there any side effects?
Harmful side effects are very rare in acupuncture, and all the needles are one-time use only and disposed of immediately after use. Occasionally, slight bruising may occur at the acupoint and a small drop of blood may surface when the needles are removed.
What does it feel like? Does it hurt?
Unlike hypodermic needles (frequently used for vaccines and flu shots), acupuncture needles are ultra thin and flexible. This allows for a relatively painless insertion - it is like a slight prick, or sometimes there is no sensation at all. You may feel a little uncomfortable, perhaps a dull ache, heaviness, numbness or a tingling sensation, but this is all normal. Some people report acupuncture makes them feel energized. Typically, there is a feeling of deep relaxation during and after the treatment.
What is the difference between acupuncture and intramuscular stimulation (IMS) treatment?
In acupuncture, needles are inserted into specific acupoints to relieve pain and other ailments. While the needles used in acupuncture and IMS are the same, IMS is more commonly used in physiotherapy as a Western approach to needling treatment. In IMS, needles are inserted into knotted or tense muscle tissue instead of specific acupoints.
Is it covered by ICBC?
You are eligible for 12 pre-authorized acupuncture treatments for motor vehicle accident injuries. ICBC will cover treatment for drivers, passengers and/or pedestrians that have been injured in a motor vehicle accident. We will directly bill ICBC for you at no additional cost. If additional treatments are needed, we can contact ICBC on your behalf to seek extended treatments. To proceed under ICBC coverage, please bring your ICBC claim number when you come in to your appointment.
Is it covered by insurance?
Although acupuncture is covered by most major insurance companies, please review your insurance policy to find out the extent of your benefit coverage.
Do you offer Direct Billing?
Olive Tree is pleased to offer direct billing to major insurance companies. Once you provide us with your extended benefits insurance information, we can submit your treatment costs for direct reimbursement, saving you time and reducing your out-of-pocket expenses.
However, not all insurance companies allow direct billing. If that is the case, we will gladly provide a bill that you may submit directly to your insurance company.