Clinic Reopening:

We are excited to announce that we have re-opened our clinic to returning patients. Currently, bookings by phone, email, and text messages are accepted. New patients and online bookings will be accepted starting Monday, June 8. Only one of our Registered Physiotherapists, Uma Acharekar, is taking new patients at the moment.

Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, we require all patients to have a credit card on file, fill out a screening questionnaire and bring their own masks upon entering the clinic.

What’s the difference between dry needling and acupuncture?

What’s the difference between dry needling and acupuncture?

What’s the difference between dry needling and acupuncture?

Are dry needling and acupuncture the same thing?

If you saw a photo of dry needling and acupuncture, you may be left wondering “what’s the difference?” On the surface, the procedures look almost identical as both use ultra-fine, stainless steel needles to treat pain. Look beyond that and you’ll find that acupuncture and dry needling are two very different treatments. Understanding the differences can go a long way in helping you decide which one is right for you.

What is dry needling?

Dry needling is done by a certified physiotherapist. It’s been gaining popularity because of how effective it is for treating musculoskeletal pain. Unlike acupuncture, dry needling uses only one needle. The thin needle doesn’t inject any fluid into the body and is inserted into areas called trigger points for a short period of time.

Trigger points are muscle knots that cause pain. They can be the results of sports injuries, accidents, poor posture, improper ergonomics, lack of movement, and psychological conditions like anxiety or depression. If left untreated, trigger points can develop into more serious issues such as chronic pain, mobility restrictions, decreased strength, headaches, and referred pain (pain felt in another part of the body other than its actual source).

Dry needling helps release trigger points and relieve muscle tension by causing small muscle cramps. If you’re feeling pain in more than one area, your physiotherapist will often treat several muscles in your arm, leg, and spine during the same appointment.

Dry needling is just one technique that’s part of a larger treatment plan. Your personalized care plan may also include a special exercise program, manual therapy, and more.

What is acupuncture?

Acupuncture is administered by a registered acupuncturist. It’s an ancient Chinese therapy that’s been used for thousands of years to treat physical and mental conditions like pain, infertility, menstrual cramps, seasonal allergies, digestive issues, headaches and migraines, anxiety, depression, addiction, insomnia, and more. Some people even use acupuncture for cosmetic purposes as it can help minimize the look of wrinkles, improve acne, and brighten skin.

According to Traditional Chinese Medicine, all illnesses are caused by energy imbalances within the body. To enhance the flow of energy and overcome ailments, many needles are inserted into meridians, also known as energy pathways. Specific issues can be alleviated depending on which points are targeted and the needles are usually left in for 30 minutes to an hour.

Finding the right solution for you

At Royal Treatment Therapeutics, we’re proud to offer both dry needling and acupuncture services. We hope you have a better idea about the differences between the two services, however we understand if you’re still unsure as to which one is right for you.

If you still have questions, you’re more than welcome to come in for a FREE Discovery Visit with our top-rated team of acupuncturists or dry needling-certified physiotherapist, Urvi Panchal. During your no-obligation Discovery Visit, your therapist will address your health concerns, answer your questions, and review potential treatment options.

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We are Open

We are excited to announce that we have re-opened our clinic to returning patients. Currently, bookings by phone, email, and text messages are accepted. New patients and online bookings will be accepted starting Monday, June 8. Only one of our Registered Physiotherapists, Uma Acharekar, is taking new patients at the moment.

Our focus is to keep you, and our RTT family of healthcare professionals and support staff, safe and healthy. In order to do this, we have made a number of very important changes to our usual way of doing business. Until the pandemic is over the following will be our “new normal”:

Certain practitioners will be back to work during this time and others will not be working in order to limit the amount of staff in the clinic. Please be patient if your therapist is not available right away. Please check our online booking platform to see when your favourite practitioner will be returning.

  • Verbal and written COVID-19 pre-screening questions will be done as a part of your appointment booking and at the time of your treatment.
  • Patients are asked to bring their own personal disposable mask or cloth face covering. Please wear them into the clinic and face-masks will be mandatory to get your treatments. All of our staff will be wearing them as well.
  • Patients are asked to come alone as our waiting rooms will have limited seating.
  • All patients will be required to wash their hands before and after treatment.
  • Please arrive a couple of minutes before your treatment time.
  • We have enhanced our sanitization/ disinfection protocols with COVID-19 rated cleaning products. All contact surfaces will be cleaned after use.
  • We will provide as much touch-less payment processing as possible. This will include direct billing to your insurers, tap card payments, or you can have your credit card automatically charged by setting it up on your secure account profile. This can be done on your on-line account profile or our administrative support team can assist you. NO CASH is being accepted.

Please know we are doing everything possible to provide you with a safe, relaxing, and problem-free experience. We look forward to seeing you soon.  If you have any questions, please email us at admin@royaltreatmenttherapeutics.com or by phone at 604-437-7777. You can also text us on your mobile by clicking the button below:

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