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Acupuncture

Acupuncture needlesFrom the Western biomedical perspective, acupuncture involves stimulating sensory nerves under the skin and in the muscles. This stimulation results in the body producing natural substances, such as pain-relieving endorphins.

From the Eastern viewpoint, traditional Chinese acupuncture is based on the belief that our energy flows through the body in channels called meridians. This energy is known as Qi. When Qi isn’t able to flow freely through the body, illnesses can develop. With acupuncture we can restore the flow of Qi, eliminating stagnations and re-establishing health.

Our Registered Acupuncturist Jocelito (Joe) Camargo is in good standing with the College of Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioners and Acupuncturists of Ontario (CTCMPAO). Joe provides the following to patients:


Tuina is a deeply penetrating and vigorous massage and acupressure therapy. As a branch of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Tuina stimulates the flow of Qi to promote balance and harmony within the body using many of the same principles of acupuncture.

Tuina massage can be used to treat pain and illness or to maintain good health. The technique is effective in reducing stress, promoting relaxation and deepening sleep.

In Chinese medicine, there is no difference between food and medicine, as the proper food can sometimes be all the medicine you need. Food is viewed as a powerful tool to help create and maintain wellness.

In Chinese dietary therapy, we utilize the flavours and natures of foods to a well-balanced meal. There are 5 flavours: sour, bitter, sweet, acrid (spicy/pungent) and salty, and every flavour affects a different organ or system. We also consider 5 temperatures: hot, warm, neutral, cool and cold.

We don’t view foods only as a breakdown of proteins, carbohydrates and fats, but as a way to balance your body according to your particular constitution and condition.

Just like in acupuncture, there is no universal diet protocol: balance is unique for each person.

Cupping therapy is an ancient form of alternative medicine in which the therapist puts special cups on your skin for a few minutes to create suction. This treatment may help with pain, inflammation, circulation, relaxation and overall well-being.

Cupping is a suction technique designed to pull toxin buildup and muscle spasm from the body’s deeper tissue to the surface of the skin. The cells of the body use oxygen and give off carbon dioxide; when the energy is blocked, the cell waste or carbon dioxide gets blocked. This is called acid or toxin buildup.

​​Joe’s favourite methods are Shonishin and Mubum Dashin, both Japanese techniques. These methods are painless, non-invasive, light and gentle, although very effective.

  • Shonishin is a technique that consists of gentle tapping, pressing or brushing on the surface of the skin to stimulate the body’s energy system and restore health. Shonishin translates as sho-little, ni-children, and shim-needle.
  • Mubun Dashin Jyutsu involves tapping round-tip needles with a mallet but without inserting the needles and it involves only an approach to the abdominal wall. The unique sound/vibration produced by tapping produces effects.
  • Tuina also uses acupuncture points that are gently stimulated by hand. All illnesses are the result of disturbance to the normal flow of Qi and using these techniques we can restore this flow to treat the most common health problems of the little ones.

Conditions We Can Address

Here are the types of conditions or disorders for which patients seek acupuncture at Optimal Health Family Chiropractic & Wellness Centre:

  • Gastrointestinal
  • General
  • Gynecology
  • Mental, Psychological, Emotional
  • Neurology
  • Pediatric
  • Pain
  • Pregnancy and Postpartum
  • Respiratory
  • Urogenital

Fees

New Patient Visit – including treatment: 90 minutes, $135

Expanded Visit: 90 minutes, $135

Regular Visit: 60 minutes (follow-up), $95

Regular Visit: 45 minutes (follow-up), $70

Short Visit: 15-30 minutes, $60

Payment is due at the time of service.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is acupuncture painful?

The needles used are small and ultrathin and most people feel no pain or little discomfort.

Do you treat cancer?

No, we don’t treat cancers or reduce cancerous tumors but may be able to provide support.

Do you provide acupuncture for children?

Yes, but please be aware that there are several other non-needle treatment techniques that we may use. The treatment for children is very different from treatments for adults. It is much quicker and can last 15-30 minutes, depending on the age and condition of the child. They often enjoy the process and tend to find it very fun.

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Acupuncture in South Ottawa, ON | (613) 260-8828