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What Is Acupuncture?

At Alberta Back and Neck Rehab & Sports Injuries Clinic, we treat various types of acute and chronic pain through a wide selection of treatments. One treatment we offer is acupuncture, which can be used alongside many of our other treatment options. Acupuncture involves inserting very thin needles into the skin in an attempt to relieve pain, and can be particularly beneficial in treating chronic pain specifically. Acupuncture affects many systems of the body including the circulatory, cerebral, cardiac, immune, endocrine, and gastrointestinal. If you are looking to try acupuncture in Calgary, Alberta Back and Neck Rehab & Sports Injuries Clinic is always happy to accept new patients.

How Does Acupuncture Work at Our Calgary Clinic?

Acupuncture is a drug-free pain treatment using needles and can be used to treat issues like back pain, headaches and other common ailments. Acupuncture needles are inserted into the patient’s skin at particular points on the body. These acupuncture sites are meant to improve your body’s function and promote natural self-healing. When you receive acupuncture at our clinic, our Calgary acupuncturist will begin by asking you about your medical history and then performing a few physical examination steps depending on your health needs. Once you’re examined, we will be able to recommend the type of acupuncture treatment right for you. You will be asked to lie down and relax while the acupuncturist proceeds to insert the needles at particular acupoints. The needles may need to remain inserted for somewhere between 5 to 30 minutes before removal.

Does Acupuncture Hurt?

The needles are very fine and gently placed with great care. Most people feel minimal discomfort or none at all when the needles are inserted. Each person is different so it’s important that the acupuncturist properly assess you before beginning the procedure. Depending on your health requirements, multiple treatments may be needed.

Benefits of Acupuncture from our Clinic in Calgary

Alberta Back and Neck Rehab & Sports Injuries is focused on treating your pain and uses acupuncture as just one of many options to consider. Developed in China a millennia ago, acupuncture can treat issues including, but not limited to:

  • Facial pain
  • Headache
  • Knee pain
  • Low back pain
  • Neck pain
  • Sciatica
  • Sprains
  • Tennis elbow

Dr. Danielle Baert

Dr. Danielle Baert is a Registered Acupuncturist with the College and Association of Acupuncturists of Alberta (CAAA) and a doctor of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCMD). Prior to studying acupuncture at the Calgary College of TCM and Acupuncture (CCTCMA), she spent five years apprenticing with well-known fourth generation TCM herbalist Dr. Lin Liu in Winnipeg. She was also mentored by respected acupuncturist Dr. Zhaocheng Han, and recently she has been learning scalp acupuncture from the venerable master Dr. Mingqing Zhu. She also has a Bachelor of Science in Engineering from the University of Manitoba and worked for many years as a professional engineer.

Dr. Baert treats a broad range of symptoms and conditions using a combination of acupuncture, Chinese herbal medicine, fire cupping, and moxibustion. She is a skilled Chinese herbalist and has a pharmacy of over 200 unique ingredients, administered in powdered form for quick and easy preparation.

Dr. Baert specializes in treating both acute and chronic pain, caused by anything and everything. “I often treat people who have had severe chronic back or neck pain for 20 years, but I also treat people who are doubled over from acute lower back pain. I have patients that walk in with a migraine and walk out pain-free. Same with menstrual cramps. So the cause of the pain doesn’t matter and the relief is not just temporary. It’s a common misconception that the pain relief from acupuncture is short-lived. I am always working on the root of why you have pain and the effect of treatment accumulates so that the result becomes long-lasting.”

In addition to treating pain, Dr. Baert also treats all kinds of digestive, gynecological and urinary issues, as well as mood problems like anxiety, depression or just being stressed out. She also treats insomnia, fatigue and body temperature issues like night sweats, hot flashes, or just being too cold or too hot all the time.

Lifestyle guidance is also a part of every treatment. Dr. Baert says, “Most people are doing something that is aggravating their symptoms that they are not aware of, like drinking a cold smoothie for breakfast every morning even though they’re always cold. Figuring this out is often the key to solving the puzzle and reducing the amount of treatment you’ll need in order to fully recover.”

If you’re curious about acupuncture and Chinese medicine and you would like to learn more about how it can help you, call 403-234-0040 and book in for a free 15 minute consultation with Dr. Baert.