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What is Acupuncture?

Acupuncture involves inserting very thin needles through the skin at specific points around the body. It is an ancient healing practice that originated in China over 2,000 years ago and is most commonly used to treat pain. 


Acupuncture is a technique that is based on the concept of balancing the body’s energy flow, known as Qi (pronounced “Chee”), that is believed to flow through pathways in the body called meridians. Acupuncture practitioners believe that by stimulating these points it will promote the body’s natural healing processes and improve overall health. 

Pain Relief

Acupuncture can help relieve pain by stimulating the body's natural painkillers and improving circulation. It is commonly used to treat musculoskeletal pain, headaches, and chronic pain conditions.

Rehabilitation

Acupuncture is often used in rehabilitation to support recovery from injuries and surgeries. It can enhance circulation, reduce swelling, and improve flexibility and range of motion.

Digestive Issues

Acupuncture could help digestive disorders by stimulating specific points on the body to regulate the autonomic nervous system and promote gastrointestinal motility. This can reduce inflammation, improve blood flow to the digestive organs, and enhance overall digestive function.

Stress & Anxiety Reduction

Acupuncture can reduce levels of stress hormones such as cortisol and promote the release of endorphins, which are natural painkillers and mood elevators. Regular acupuncture can help manage stress and promote emotional well-being.

Respiratory and Allergy Issues

Acupuncture could help respiratory and allergy issues by stimulating points that enhance immune function and reduce inflammation, which can alleviate symptoms such as congestion and sinus pressure. It also promotes the release of natural antihistamines, improving overall respiratory health and reducing allergic reactions.

Techniques

Acupuncture encompasses various techniques, including Tui-na, a Chinese therapeutic massage that uses rhythmic compression along meridians and specific acupoints to balance bodily energy and promote healing, as well as cupping. The specific technique used depends on the individual's needs and health conditions

What does treatment involve?

Acupuncture Session
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A typical acupuncture session involves several steps designed to ensure a comfortable and effective experience:

 

Consultation: The session begins with a consultation where the practitioner takes a detailed health history and discusses your symptoms and concerns. This may involve looking at the shape, coating and colour of your tongue, the colour of your face, the strength, rhythm and quality of the pulse in your wrist, and what areas of your body are painful. This helps the practitioner determine the appropriate treatment plan. Depending on the area of concern, the acupuncturist may ask you to remove clothing over the area while they step out of the room, ensuring your modesty with sheets and towels and allow you to get comfortable on the treatment table.

 

Treatment: Treatment involves the insertion of thin needles into specific points on the body, often accompanied by techniques such as Chuna (Tui-na) and cupping. These thin, sterile needles may be close to the area of pain or further away. The insertion is usually painless, and the needles are left in place for about 20-30minutes. Open communication is encouraged throughout the session to ensure it meets your preferences and needs.


Relaxation: During this time you will lie still and relax. Some people may feel a slight tingling or warmth at the needle sites, which indicates that the body's energy is being stimulated.


Needle Removal: After the appropriate amount of time, the practitioner carefully removes the needles. The entire process is generally very relaxing and many patients feel calm and rejuvenated afterward.


Post-Treatment Discussion: The practitioner may offer advice on lifestyle, diet, or additional treatments to enhance the effects of acupuncture and address the underlying health issues.


Acupuncture is a safe and effective therapy when performed by a qualified practitioner. Here at OsteoFlow Health our practitioners are registered acupuncturists ensuring they have received the appropriate amount of training to provide you with a safe and effective treatment. Whether used alone or in conjunction with other treatments, acupuncture offers a holistic approach to health and well-being.
 

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What Does Acupuncture Help With?

Acupuncture can help with various physical and emotional issues, including:

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Muscle Tension and Pain

Acupuncture can relieve muscle tension, reduce stiffness, and alleviate pain caused by stress, overuse, or injury. By inserting needles into specific points, acupuncture helps relax tight muscles and reduce pain, making it an effective treatment for conditions such as neck and shoulder pain, lower back pain, aching legs, knee pain, and foot issues.

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Headaches and Migraines

Headaches and migraines can be triggered or exacerbated by muscular tension in the body. Acupuncture techniques that target the neck, shoulders, and head can help alleviate tension headaches and reduce the frequency and severity of migraines by releasing tight muscles and improving blood flow to the affected areas.

02

Stress & Anxiety

Stress and anxiety often manifest as physical tension and muscle tightness in the body. Acupuncture promotes relaxation and helps to reduce levels of stress hormones like cortisol. By balancing the body's energy, acupuncture can alleviate symptoms of anxiety and promote a sense of calm and well-being.

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Chronic Pain Conditions

Acupuncture is beneficial for managing chronic pain conditions such as fibromyalgia, arthritis, or chronic back pain. By stimulating the body's natural painkillers and improving circulation, acupuncture can reduce pain perception, decrease muscular tightness, and enhance overall comfort and quality of life for those with chronic pain.

Treating with Acupuncture

05

Spinal Issues

Acupuncture helps with spinal issues, such as cervical disc, lumbar disc herniation, scoliosis and stenosis by stimulating specific points to reduce pain and inflammation, improve blood flow, and enhance the body's natural healing processes

06

Posture

Acupuncture can help correct imbalances in muscle tone and alignment, leading to improved posture and reduced strain on the body. By addressing underlying issues that contribute to poor posture, such as muscle tightness or weakness, acupuncture can help maintain better alignment and reduce discomfort associated with poor posture.

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Respiratory & Allergy Issues

Acupuncture could help respiratory and allergy issues by stimulating points that enhance immune function and reduce inflammation, which can alleviate symptoms such as congestion and sinus pressure. It also promotes the release of natural antihistamines, improving overall respiratory health and reducing allergic reactions.

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Digestive Issues

Acupuncture could help digestive disorders by stimulating specific points on the body to regulate the autonomic nervous system and promote gastrointestinal motility. This can reduce inflammation, improve blood flow to the digestive organs, and enhance overall digestive function.

09

Menstrual & Reproductive Health

Acupuncture can help with menstrual and reproductive health by regulating hormonal balance, improving blood flow to the reproductive organs, and reducing stress, which can alleviate menstrual pain, irregular cycles, and symptoms of conditions like PCOS and endometriosis. 

10

Insomnia

Acupuncture can help with insomnia by stimulating points that promote relaxation and balance the body's energy flow, reducing stress and anxiety levels, which are common contributors to sleep disturbances. It also regulates neurotransmitters and hormones such as melatonin and serotonin, improving sleep quality and duration.

Overall, acupuncture offers a holistic approach to health and wellness, addressing both physical and emotional aspects of well-being. At OsteoFlow Health Clinic, we encourage acupuncture to be used as a complement to other forms of treatments and serve as a valuable component of a healthy lifestyle.

Doctor of Acupuncture/ Registered Acupuncturist

Jung Dae Kwon

Bachelor of Korean Medicine (Traditional Chinese Medicine); B.KM(TCM),

Doctor of Korean Medicine; MD(DKM)(Korea)

Dr.Ac within CMAAC (The Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture Association of Canada)

R.Ac within CTCMA (College of Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioners and Acupuncturists of BC)

Jung Dae Kwon is a Registered Acupuncturist (R.Ac) within CTCMA and holds the professional title of Dr.Ac within CMAAC membership. His practice includes Acupuncture, Chuna (Tui-na), and Cupping.

Jung particularly enjoys treating musculoskeletal conditions such as lower back and neck pain, joint diseases, and sprains. He finds satisfaction in managing chronic disc disorders and improving gait and posture through integrated therapies.

 

Clients can expect a comprehensive treatment approach that integrates traditional Korean medicine techniques with modern practices. Jung specializes in pain management and the treatment of conditions such as lower back and neck pain (spine-related disorders), joint diseases, sprains, and strains. He has extensive experience in managing gait and posture related to chronic disc disorders, utilizing Chuna (Tui-na) techniques. It is gratifying for him to witness improved joint range of motion and reduced pain in patients following treatment.

In addition to musculoskeletal issues, Jung has substantial experience treating temporomandibular joint disorders, digestive disorders, respiratory and allergy diseases, and facial paralysis. His treatments are designed to address the root causes of these conditions, promoting overall health and well-being.

 

Jung graduated from Daegu Haany University College of Korean Medicine in South Korea in 2006. This institution provided a comprehensive 6-year program that integrated traditional practices with modern medical techniques.

Jung’s journey in traditional Korean medicine (Traditional Chinese Medicine) began with valuable experience working at public health centers in Korea, where he gained practical insights into public health challenges and applied traditional medicine principles. He later spent 11 years running a private clinic, treating over 20,000 patients and honing his skills in acupuncture, herbal medicine, and manual therapies. Active involvement in The Korean Society of Chuna (Tui-na) Manual Medicine for Spine & Nerves (KSCMM) further specialized his focus on spinal and nervous system disorders.

 

Jung is deeply passionate about Traditional Korean Medicine (Traditional Chinese Medicine) because it allows him to integrate ancient wisdom with modern medical knowledge, offering holistic care solutions that address both symptoms and underlying causes. He finds great joy in witnessing the positive impact of his treatments on patients' lives, empowering them to achieve better health and well-being. He particularly enjoys observing the reduction of pain and restoration of joint mobility in patients after treatment. Guiding patients to normalize their posture and gait mechanics to address the root causes of pain post-treatment is especially fulfilling for him.

 

Outside of work, Jung finds immense joy in supporting and watching his three sons participate in Moncton Minor Ice Hockey and Moncton Minor Baseball activities. Being actively involved in their sports activities is a source of great fulfillment and relaxation for him.

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