Acupuncture sessions with me are 6o minutes long which allows time for assessment, evaluation and treatment. I try to gain a deep understanding of your health issues, lifestyle and eating patterns. Acupuncture sessions with me are unique as I incorporate: holistic nutrition recommendations, trigger point massage, reflexology or cupping for more effective results.
In a typical acupuncture session, I will employ several diagnostic tools to determine what is out of balance. This begins with questioning the patient about their various signs and symptoms, previous medical history, and course of illness. Next is a physical inspection of one’s face, body, posture, and in particular the tongue and its coating. I will also palpate various body areas, and the pulse at both wrists.
The acupuncture needles I use are extremely thin, and their insertion is virtually painless. Some needling sites will produce very little sensation, and you may not even know the needles are in place. Other sites may produce a sensation of tingling, electricity, heat, cold, heaviness, or an achy sensation. The vast majority of people find acupuncture to be extremely relaxing, and many will even fall asleep during treatment.
Many things happen when you insert a needle into the skin:
- It creates a micro-trauma that stimulates the activity of immune cells that control inflammation.
- Sends a signal through the nervous system to the brain: chemicals such as endorphins, norepinephrine and enkephalin are then released. Some of these substances are 10-200 times more potent than morphine!
- Helps stimulate blood flow: Restoring proper blood flow is vital to healing and maintenance of health.
- Regulates Nitric Oxide levels: Increased nitric oxide (NO) synthase activity has been found in acupuncture points. Acupuncture increases the NO level in treated regions and helps increase local circulation and decrease inflammation and pain.
Treatment: Initial $120 (60 min) – Subsequent- $100 (60 min).
I offer Direct Billing to most extended benefits providers
Will I be treated by a trained and Registered Acupuncturist?
Yes, Monita Triplett has 7 years of clinical experience, is fully trained and registered in good standing with the CTCMA (Canadian Traditional Chinese Medicine Association). Each patient will also have treatment records on file for each session and receipts will be emailed after each session.
Does Acupuncture hurt?
The acupuncture needles are tiny and do not inflict any pain. Special silicone coated needles are used to prevent any uncomfortable feeling that a needle may produce.
What does Acupuncture treat?
The World Health Organization (WHO) lists a wide variety of diseases or disorders for which acupuncture therapy has been tested in controlled clinical trials.
- Pain and Injuries
- Digestive Issues/IBS
- Neck and back tension
- Carpal tunnel syndrome
- Headaches and Migraines
- Skin conditions
- Women’s health
How do I prepare for my treatment?
To prepare for your treatment it is best to wear comfortable loose fitting clothing that you can roll up to your knees and elbows, to administer treatment easily. An intake form will need to be submitted to your acupuncturist before the treatment. (online or 10 min before session). The form will be evaluated and acupuncture will be administered gently.
How many treatments will I need?
Each person responds differently to treatment. Many factors will determine how many sessions you will need such as how long you have had the particular ailment, family history, current medications etc. Certain recommendations on herbs/diet modification can be made by the practitioner to speed up the healing process for the client.
Will my treatment be covered by my Extended health Plan or MSP?
Acupuncture is covered by most plans. keep your receipts and submit them to your insurance carrier. While acupuncture is not covered by MSP, you may be eligible for reimbursement if you are on Premium Assistance. Please visit MSP website for more information. Official receipts will be emailed to patients after their session.