The Institute of Sport Physiotherapy has offered acupuncture to many clients over the years with encouraging results and feedback. From January 2020 we are excited to introduce a part-time Acupuncturist.

Acupuncture is a complementary medical treatment that’s rooted in traditional Chinese medicine. It’s based on principles of healing that are thousands of years old.

Acupuncture conditions treated:

  • Treatment of pain and stress due to injury
  • Illness
  • Occupational (body mechanics)
  • Athletic injury and lifestyle imbalances

Acupuncture techniques utilized:

  • Gentle needling techniques

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Acupuncture FAQ

Acupuncture is an effective form of health care that has been used and tested for thousands of years that has evolved into a complete and holistic medical system. Practitioners of acupuncture and Chinese medicine have used this medical system to diagnose and help millions of people get well and stay healthy.

An acupuncturist will place fine, sterile needles at specific acupoints on the body. The stimulation of these acupuncture points affects both the central and peripheral nervous systems. It triggers the release of the body’s internal chemicals such as endorphins and enkephalins, which have pain-relieving properties that Alter pain receptor pathways and reduce inflammatory responses. This activates the body’s natural healing by enhancing recuperative power, immunity, physical and emotional health. It also can improve overall function and well-being. It is a safe, painless and effective way to treat a wide variety of medical conditions.

We will collect a complete history and detailed evaluation of your condition during your first consultation. We will ask questions relating to many different aspects of your life, not only the condition for which you are seeking treatment. We will then take your pulse, examine your tongue, and palpate to check for tender areas. The initial and follow up visits are usually last up to 1hour including the treatment.

Acupuncture is extremely safe. It is an all-natural, drug-free therapy. We are trained to use the strictest hygiene therefore there is no danger of infection from acupuncture needles because they are sterile, used once, and then discarded.

No. Acupuncture, when done correctly, is not painful. The needles can be extremely fine, some as thin as a hair. The patient may feel a numbness, heaviness or aching, but not pain. Most people find acupuncture painless and relaxing. Everyone’s experience is different however so should you experience any discomfort, inform the practitioner, and they will adjust the needles accordingly.

The number of treatments you will need depends on your condition, its severity and duration, how you respond to treatment, and how complex your condition is. You might require a single treatment for a simple or acute condition or a series of treatments for a chronic or complex case. Almost everyone notices a change after the first treatment.

People usually feel physically looser, emotionally relaxed, or maybe a little “spacey” after a treatment. It is common to feel a little tired, so plan your evening accordingly. Often pain relief is felt right away and continues to improve. It is optimal to be treated regularly for the recommended course, to insure optimal results. The effects of acupuncture are cumulative. Acute conditions often respond very quickly. Chronic conditions may take more time. Each condition is different. We will discuss with you our recommendations and prognosis after we have determined your degree of response to the therapy.

No, you do not need a referral to visit our clinic. However, if a doctor or specialist has referred you, please bring all relevant paperwork with you, including any test results from X-rays, CT scans, MRIs and ultrasounds.

The initial and follow up visits are usually last up to 1hour including the treatment.

Please check with your health insurance provider to find out more about what is included in your insurance plan and what your out-of-pocket expenses will be.

Yes, we do.

Yes, you do. ACC will pay part of the treatment fee and you pay the rest.  Find out about ACC surcharges by seeing our fee’s

Do not engage in strenuous activity, smoke excessively, drink alcohol, or ingest heavy meals before or after your acupuncture treatment. It is best to eat a light meal before your treatment. It is best to wear shorts or loose clothing so that the arms and legs below the elbows and knees, as well as the abdomen, are accessible.

No need to worry. Once a diagnosis has been made, we will then discuss the best options for treatment. There are other modalities and techniques that may be used including: acupressure, tuina (massage) and cupping.


Yes, children can receive acupuncture and often have excellent results with this treatment. However, in cases where the children are uneasy about the needles, we resort to using acupressure or Tuina (massage) as opposed to acupuncture.