Medical Acupuncture

Medical Acupuncture

Medical acupuncture is the blending of Traditional Chinese Medicine with Western Medicine. Physiotherapists are trained and certified to treat musculoskeletal conditions with acupuncture through the University of Alberta or the Acupuncture Foundation of Canada Institute. At Calgary Core Physiotherapy, all of our physiotherapists have completed post-graduate courses and hold certifications in acupuncture.

How does acupuncture work?

In Traditional Chinese Medicine, your health is determined by the balanced flow of Qi (pronounced “chee”) that flows through 12 pathways, or meridians, in your body. If there is an injury or pain, then this indicates a disturbance in that flow of energy. By inserting fine, sterile acupuncture needles into particular points along the meridian, the body is able to heal itself naturally by moving the Qi throughout the body.

In Western Medicine, it is understood that if a foreign object, like an acupuncture needle, is inserted into the body then your body will naturally surround the area with an influx of healing agents. Furthermore, acupuncture has been shown to increase endorphin levels in your brain, which is your body’s natural painkiller hormone.

How is Medical Acupuncture different from regular acupuncture?

In Medical Acupuncture, we blend both systems together to determine the most effective treatment for your condition. Prior to doing acupuncture, your medical history and any precautions are discussed with you. For your safety, we always use sterile, disposable needles.

Acupuncture is just one form of treatment in physiotherapy. We normally combine acupuncture with other therapeutic interventions, such as exercise prescription and manual therapy, for best results in your recovery.

Can I claim my treatment as acupuncture through my extended health benefits?

No, you normally cannot claim your treatment as acupuncture.

We are physiotherapists that provide acupuncture and are not acupuncturists.

If you wish to try to claim your treatment as acupuncture, it is advised to contact your extended health benefits advisor.

For more information on medical acupuncture, feel free to give our clinic a call at (403) 455-4010 or email us at