What is acupuncture?
Rooted in Traditional Chinese Medicine, acupuncture is a holistic treatment that believes all ailments are caused by energy imbalances within the body. To enhance the flow of energy (Qi), fine needles are inserted into various acupuncture points. This helps to treat pain and illness, while bringing balance back to the mind and body.
How can acupuncture help you?
Acupuncture is best known for alleviating pain. However, it can also be used to treat a variety of symptoms and illnesses including:
- Digestive issues
- Gynecological conditions
- Endocrine disorders
- Circulatory conditions
- Emotional concerns (i.e. stress, anxiety, depression)
- Seasonal allergies
- Sport injuries
- Headaches and migraines
- Chronic fatigue
- Immune system disorders
- Postoperative pain
- Arthritis pain
- Muscular pain
- Dental pain
What do acupuncturists do?
During the initial consultation, your Registered Acupuncturist will assess you by asking questions about your health history, perform physical examinations according to the Traditional Chinese Medicine principles, and discuss treatment options.
During treatment, fine needles will be gently placed into various areas of your body. Depending on the condition that is being treated, the needles will be kept in place for as little as 15 minutes or as long as 50 minutes.
Is acupuncture painful?
Acupuncture is not painful as the needles are smooth, rounded at the tip, and thinner than a human hair. Sensations felt can including tingling, achiness, warmth, distension, heaviness, or lightness. Many people find acupuncture relaxing and often fall asleep during treatment.
If you don’t like needles, laser acupuncture is a great alternative. Safe, painless, and effective, laser acupuncture uses low-energy laser beams to stimulate acupuncture points.
What is laser acupuncture?
Laser acupuncture combines Traditional Chinese Medicine with modern phototherapy by using low-energy laser beams to stimulate acupuncture points. Laser acupuncture employs a type of device called “Cold Laser” or LLLT which stimulates tissue repair, reduces inflammation and eliminates pain. Over 3,000 clinical studies worldwide have shown laser therapy is safe and effective in treating musculoskeletal conditions.
At Royal Treatment Therapeutics, we use the state-of-the-art Theralase laser treatment system. With a 20-year history and strong research data behind it, the unmatched Theralase laser provides patients with a safe, effective, and painless therapy that uses the body’s own natural healing system to relieve pain, increase joint mobility, boost tissue integrity, and promote cell regeneration.
How can laser acupuncture help you?
Laser acupuncture offers a wealth of benefits including rapid cell growth, faster wound healing, anti-inflammatory action, reduced scar tissue formation, increased blood flow, stimulating nerve function, and more. It’s suitable for patients of all ages and used to treat a wide range of ailments including:
- Acute and chronic pain syndromes
- Ligament injuries
- Shin splints
- Rotator cuff disorders
- Carpal tunnel
- Plantar fasciitis
- Neurological syndromes
- Trigeminal neuralgia
- Bell’s palsy
- Dermatological complaints
- Skin ulcers
- Raynaud’s syndrome
- Chronic venous insufficiency
What is the treatment protocol?
During the initial consultation, your Registered Acupuncturist will assess your condition and discuss with you the treatment plan. During treatment, one of three types of laser probes will be placed on various acupuncture points or areas of pain. Treatments can last anywhere from 15 to 25 minutes per session. The number of treatment sessions required depends on the severity of your condition and your body’s natural healing rate.
Is laser acupuncture painful?
Since no needles are used, laser acupuncture is non-invasive and completely painless. The laser device does not cause any discomfort as it’s placed on the surface of your skin. Sometimes patients report a slight tingling or warming sensation during treatment.
What is cosmetic acupuncture?
Cosmetic acupuncture, also known as facial rejuvenation acupuncture, is a safe, painless and effective treatment that rejuvenates the face and improves overall health. The stimulation of acupuncture points improves blood and lymph flow and increases skin elasticity and tone, which results in a more youthful look.
What are the benefits of cosmetic acupuncture?
- Reduces fine lines and wrinkles
- Improves acne caused by hormonal imbalances
- Increases collagen production
- Helps reduce puffiness under the eyes
- Firms facial muscles and helps with sagging jowls
- Tightens the pores
- Brightens the skin and helps even out the tone
- Improves skin moisture
What is the treatment protocol?
- You have a choice of either laser or needle acupuncture. Both are equally effective with one small difference: there is absolutely no pain with the laser, whereas more sensitive patients might feel minor discomfort with the needles. Either the laser probe or needles will be applied on multiple acupuncture points on the face and on areas of discoloration (either hyper or hypo-pigmentation). Acne scars can be treated with laser only.
- The next step involves a short lymphatic drainage of the face/neck areas and the application of small, rubber cups. The cupping procedure is absolutely painless. In some instances, minor skin reddening can happen, but will usually go away within a few hours.
- A serum and moisturizing cream are applied in the final step. The type of serum/cream used depends on the patient’s skin type and their known skin sensitivities.
Many patients find the procedure very relaxing. For best results, eight to ten sessions are recommended, however, results will be noticeable after only three to four treatments.
Why choose cosmetic acupuncture over other alternatives?
Cosmetic acupuncture is an excellent alternative to invasive procedures like fillers, and surgical face-lifts. Not only is it far less costly, it’s safe, painless, and effective too. Cosmetic acupuncture requires no recovery downtime and patients report little to no side effects. While it won’t produce as dramatic results as invasive procedures or change the shape of your facial features, cosmetic acupuncture will help you look younger and more radiant.
Following the initial course of treatment, monthly maintenance sessions can prolong the results for years to come. The benefits of a monthly maintenance program extend beyond the face, it helps improve overall health and vitality as well.
Why choose Royal Treatment Therapeutics?
In addition to regular cosmetic acupuncture, we offer a comprehensive approach to facial rejuvenation. We are the only clinic in the Greater Vancouver Area that uses a medical grade laser, the Theralase system, for facial acupuncture. The laser light strongly stimulates collagen production, increases Nitric Oxide production by up to 700% resulting in reduced inflammation, and induces blood vessel dilation for better blood flow at the skin surface.
The addition of facial cupping to the treatment protocol further enhances blood flow on the face and improves lymphatic drainage.
The cherry on the top is the facial serum and moisturizing cream, which nourish and hydrate the skin to leave your face rejuvenated and glowing.
What is cupping?
Cupping is a therapeutic technique where small glasses or plastic cups are placed on the skin and used as suction devices. The suction pulls the skin and superficial muscles slightly into the cup to relax muscles, encourage blood and lymphatic flow, resolve deep scar tissue, speed up the healing of injuries, open up skin pores, and facilitate in the removal of toxins. As a result, cupping is used to treat a variety of conditions including stiff muscles, back and neck pain, headaches, migraines, rheumatic conditions, anxiety, insomnia, asthma, and the cold or flu.
Cupping will result in some skin reddening or bruising. The amount of bruising is determined by how much suction is in the cup, the duration of treatment, and level of stagnation in the muscle tissue. Most cupping marks will go away in a few days, but may last beyond a week in some rare cases. Please inform your practitioner if you are concerned about such marks in areas that could be visible.