Kelowna Acupuncture Care
Have you found yourself searching the web to find Acupuncture in Kelowna?
Well, you’re in luck. Harmony Chiropractic and Wellness Clinic in Kelowna is excited to welcome two amazing acupuncturists to our team of highly skilled practitioners.
We are strong proponents of the theory that a holistic approach to treatment is the best approach. Our team of chiropractors, massage therapists, and acupuncturists will work together to make sure you receive the most well-rounded and efficient care possible.
Acupuncture can help you find relief from:
● Irritable bowel syndrome
● Chronic pain
● Menstrual disorders and hormone imbalances
● Mood disorders such as stress, anxiety, and depression
…and so much more.
How Acupuncture Works
Acupuncture is a traditional Chinese medicine-based approach to treating a variety of conditions by triggering specific points in the body with very thin needles. These
needles are so tiny that they cause little to no discomfort—in fact, people often don’t feel them at all. The needles are then activated through gentle and strategic movements of the practitioner’s hands or with electrical stimulation.
Contemporary research maintains that each needle produces a very small injury at the insertion site, causing the body to recruit healing mechanisms to the area. This involves stimulation of the immune system, promoting circulation to the area, healing, and pain modulation.
The Chinese philosophy behind acupuncture centers around the concept of “Qi”(pronounced “chee”). Traditional Chinese medicine practitioners have established an energy flow, called Qi, that runs through the body and is responsible for overall health.
Acupuncture helps restore or maintain the flow of your Qi so you can experience good mental and physical health.
Lijuan (Lily) Ren is a registered acupuncturist with over ten years of experience treating patients. In her past, Lily was an educator of Traditional Chinese Medicine at Reeves College. She has an incredible reputation among her patients and has been praised by students for her knowledge and clinical skills. Lily is excited to be a practicing acupuncturist in Kelowna where she can be near family and help more people in the beautiful Okanagan.
Nolan Janke is a registered acupuncturist with a particular interest in electro-stim acupuncture and sports injuries. With a Bachelor of Kinesiology majoring in Fitness and Lifestyle, Nolan is well-equipped to care for your injuries. Nolan has a passion for an active lifestyle and is grateful to be an acupuncturist in Kelowna where he can explore the amenities our beautiful city has to offer.
If you have more questions for our acupuncturists, call us at (250) 868-8086 or send us
an email here: https://theharmonyclinic.com/contact-us/
If you would like to book an appointment with our two highly skilled acupuncturists, you
can do so here: https://harmonychiropracticclinic.janeapp.com/
Traditional Chinese Medicine
Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) is a variety of approaches evolved over thousands of years which may help improve quality of life and health conditions. Unlike western medicine that focuses on treating disease, TM looks at your entire well-being and not only how to treat the disease, but how to prevent it. Some practices that TCM uses is acupuncture, cupping, herbs, meditation, moxibustion and tai chi.
What is Acupuncture?
Acupuncture is a Chinese therapy that includes the insertion of very fine, sterile needles underneath the skin into specific points on the body called meridians, which are responsible for the circulation of energy. The purpose of acupuncture is to balance one’s overall energy and allow our bodies to become stronger and more effective at dealing with illness or other health conditions while also treating both the symptoms and the root causes of the patient’s illness.
What does it feel like?
Acupuncture needles are different from needles used by doctors because they are not designed to cut the skin. They are smooth and rounded, and the needles used at our clinic are sterile, disposable needles that are only used once so there is no risk of infection. Since pain is subjective, everyone has a different experience, but most patients find that the treatments are relaxing and they don’t feel the needles going in or they feel a slight pinch that quickly diminishes.
What can Acupuncture treat?
Acupuncture can treat a variety of both chronic and acute illnesses. Both the World Health Organization (WHO) and the National Institute of Health (NIH) acknowledge the benefits of acupuncture for pain relief, back and neck pain, digestive disorders, insomnia, anxiety, depression, headaches, fertility, TMJ syndrome, menstrual issues, fibromyalgia, and much more.
Western medical acupuncture is very similar to Chinese acupuncture in the sense that it involves the insertion of fine needles, but it uses current knowledge of anatomy, physiology and pathology, and evidence-based medicine. Medical acupuncture has a scientific based behind its method of healing and it’s based on the precise stimulation of the nervous system to relive pain. Western medicine tends to be very concrete and logical but TCM is based on balance, harmony, and energy.
Moxibustion is a therapy used in traditional Chinese medicine that involves burning herbs called “moxa” on or very close to the skin to warm and increase the flow of energy throughout the body via meridians.
There are two types of moxibustion: direct and indirect. Ways of indirect moxibustion are burning moxa on top of the acupuncture needle or holding the burning moxa above the skin for several minutes. The glowing end of the moxa stick is held one or two inches above the site of application until the area reddens and becomes warm. Direct moxibustion is when the burning moxa is placed directly on the skin but this is no longer used very often as it can cause pain and scarring. Moxibustion is often used in conjunction with acupuncture in the same setting because the therapies can increase each other’s effectiveness when used together. It can be used to treat arthritis, back pain, headaches and migraines, digestive problems, and gynecological and obstetrical conditions.
Cupping is a traditional Chinese medical practice in which a glass cup applies suction to the surface of the body along specific meridians or around the pain area to draw out pathogenic factors to stimulate the flow of blood at the surface of the body. In some cases, the cup may also be moved while the suction is active.
Cupping can be used for a variety of conditions such as arthritis, headache, low back pain, painful menstruation, and the common cold. Both of our acupuncturists and chiropractor Dr. Harmony can incorporate cupping into their treatment. Our acupuncturist Nolan also does a 30-minute cupping and tune off treatment for patients who don’t wish to get acupuncture done.
Electroacupuncture is similar to acupuncture, but instead of tiny individual needles, electro-acupuncture uses only two needles and it has an added electric current through the needles. The needles are still very thin hair like needles, but the electric component can accelerate the healing process of the body and better stimulate the acupoints.
The acupuncturist will use an electroacupuncture machine that has adjustable current and voltage settings, with low frequencies used at first and then they may modify it during the treatment. The electric stimulation is not painful, it’s a very gentle vibration. Electroacupuncture is very similar to traditional acupuncture in the sense that it also is used to address and treat a variety of illnesses such as chronic pain, spasms, arthritis, neurological diseases, and more.
Unlike acupuncture that uses tiny needles, acupressure doesn’t use any needles, but instead involves the manual pressure by fingers to specific acupoints on the body. In traditional Chinese medicine, there are pathways under the skin called meridians which are responsible for the circulation of energy and at least 14 of those meridians are thought to connect our organs with other parts of the body.
It’s thought that various symptoms can occur if the flow of energy is blocked at a point on one of the meridians which is why an acupuncturist may apply pressure to relieve the symptoms. It can be very effective in helping with nausea and vomiting after surgery or other medical procedures. It also helps relieve side effects from chemotherapy, headaches, menstrual cramps, muscle tension and pain, insomnia, and more.
Gua sha is a natural ancient Chinese healing technique that involves using a tool to rub or scrape the skin in long strokes to relieve pain and tension. It is generally paired with acupuncture and performed on a person’s back, buttocks, neck, arms and legs and sometimes a gentler approach is also used on the face.
The practitioner will apply massage oil to the skin and start out with mild pressure, and gradually increase based on how much force the patient can handle. It is most often used to relieve muscle and joint pain, and the bruises caused by gua sha create a response in the body that may help to break down scar tissue.
This Technique is beneficial for people suffering from back pain, neck and shoulder pain, perimenopausal syndrome, and to assist with recovery after exercise.
Patients who get this done are told to take it easy for the rest of the day and not drink any alcohol because the gua sha treatment has gotten blood and energy flowing again and too much activity may decrease its benefits quicker.
If you would like to book an appointment with one of our acupuncturists or with Dr. Harmony, feel free to give us a call at (250) 868-8086 or take advantage of our online booking system at https://theharmonyclinic.janeapp.com/ . We are looking forward to meeting you.
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