Is acupuncture covered by my insurance?

Many private insurance companies offer coverage for acupuncture treatments. We offer direct billing to these companies:

The amount of coverage depends on your specific insurance plan. Check the details of your plan or contact your insurance company directly to find out what kind of coverage you have.

Is acupuncture covered by WSIB?

WSIB can cover $38 per treatment for a total of 6 treatements if you:

  • Have a valid WSIB claim
  • Have not made a claim for chiropractic treatment or physiotherapy.
Is acupuncture safe?

Acupuncture is very safe. Over one million acupuncture treatments are performed across North America each year.

What does acupuncture feel like?
Acupuncture needles are metallic, solid, and hair-thin. People experience acupuncture differently, but most feel no or minimal pain as the needles are inserted. Some people are energized by treatment, while others feel relaxed. Many people experience immediate relief from their symptoms. Improper needle placement, movement of the patient, or a defect in the needle can cause soreness and pain during treatment. This is why it is important to seek treatment from a qualified acupuncture practitioner.
How can I get the most out of my treatments?
The positive effects of acupuncture begin right away at your first visit, but tend to be somewhat temporary at first and any initial improvements usually slide back within hours or days. As we progress through a course of acupuncture therapy the amount of symptom relief and the time period of increased wellness following each treatment will become more pronounced, until your body holds the changes on its own. It is important to be consistent with frequent visits at the beginning of care in order to build momentum and hold the gains we make from visit to visit.
How long will it take to feel better?
We ask our patients to make a commitment to their acupuncture treatment and to have realistic expectations of this system of medicine. While some patients obtain quick relief from only a few visits, most patients require 2-6 weeks of 2 visits per week to make significant changes, followed by weekly visits for another 4-8 weeks to consolidate gains made and prevent relapse. While acute conditions may resolve within just a few visits, chronic conditions that have persisted for many years may take many treatments over a long period of time to completely resolve.
How should I schedule my appointments?

If there is a time of day that works best for your appointments we encourage you to schedule several visits in advance to hold your ideal appointment times. If you need to cancel appointments please give 24 hours advance notice so that we may give that time to other patients. We ask that you reschedule promptly so that a long absence does not interrupt the rhythm of your care. A missed appointment without notice will incur a 50% charge.

Do you have any recommendations for my visits?
We suggest having a meal within a couple of hours before your visits, or at least a snack on the way to the clinic. Additionally, we suggest refraining from intense physical activity, sex, alcohol or caffeine for 4 hours after each visit. You may prefer to bring shorts or wear loose pants that come above your knees comfortably, as this style of acupuncture tends to utilize points on the hands/forearms/elbows and feet/lower legs/knees.
What is corrective care?
Once we have brought the level of discomfort down we begin to lengthen the interval of time between visits. Continuing care through this phase allows the healing process to occur and helps the body to consolidate the positive effects of the acupuncture so that backsliding does not occur. During this phase it is common to want to “test it out” or overdo it because of the relative absence of discomfort, however, it is important to remember that although the pain is lessened, the healing process is still unfolding and the body is vulnerable to re-injury or re-aggravation of symptoms.
What is maintenance care?

Patients with chronic conditions or symptoms that tend to recur may also require an ongoing maintenance interval. Many patients find it helpful to come in for a “tune-up” treatment every so often. This can vary from bi-weekly to monthly visits.

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Acupuncture is a personalized, evidence-based system of healthcare from Asia that involves the insertion of fine needles into specific spots which stimulate the natural healing processes of the body and mind.

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