Answers to common questions. Please also see the 'Resources' tab for Covid-19 information and 'How to Get the Most from Treatment'.

  • Does it hurt and is it safe?

    Acupuncture needles are typically 1/5th of a millimeter and their insertion is generally painless. It is nothing like an ordinary injection, and the "needles" are NOT like regular needles. In some cases, you will not even know they are in place. In others, you might feel a small pinch – less than a mosquito bite. I can also provide a needle-free treatment using microcurrent and acupressure.Most people find acupuncture, acupressure and microcurrent very relaxing.All registered acupuncturists today use single-use, sterile, disposable needles. Acupuncture, acupressure and microcurrent are extremely safe treatments when performed by a licensed practitioner.

  • How deep do the needles go?

    Generally, for the style of acupuncture that Laurina uses, a couple of millimeters.

  • How many needles do you use for a treatment?

    Usually, between four and twenty. Ten is typical.

  • What is a treatment like?

    Your initial assessment is one hour and 30 minutes and includes a comprehensive interview and an acupuncture treatment. Laurina will ask you questions about your main complaint as well as your health history and lifestyle. All of this information is important in determining your Oriental medicine diagnosis, which forms the basis for your "acupoint prescription" (that is, which points on your body will receive needles or pressure).A regular treatment is usually 45 - 60 minutes long, but may be shorter if that is the best treatment option. You will lie on a treatment table or sit in a chair, depending on what is appropriate for you. Depending on your treatment plan, you will have some acupuncture needles placed, usually on your arms and legs or you may have acupressure and microcurrent.Sometimes you will be left to relax for a bit to let the needles and/or microcurrent work. You will be provided with a call buzzer in case you need something adjusted. Many people experience a deep sense of relaxation, and often, rejuvenation. (One of the great ways to use acupuncture and microcurrent is for illness prevention and health maintenance).Some treatments plans include ‘homework’ such as stretching and exercises or diet modification.

  • What should I wear?

    Please wear loose, comfortable clothing - you will need to roll up your sleeves and pants (or bring a tank top and shorts); other times you may need to have points done on your chest or back, so you will be asked to undress to your underwear - a sheet will be provided to cover you. Don't worry if you tend to be on the chilly side - the table can be warmed with a heating pad and a heating lamp is also available.
    Also, please do not wear any scents.
    If you come to the clinic in sandals, please bring socks or indoor slippers to wear inside the clinic (no bare feet or outdoor shoes inside the clinic).

  • How should I prepare for a treatment?

    It is VERY important to be properly hydrated. Please drink plenty of warm or room-temperature water in the days leading up to your appointment, and especially the four hours beforehand (one cup per hour). If you are 50 years of age or older, or tend not to drink water generally, start hydrating several days before your appointment.Review the Covid-19 policies under the ‘Resources’ tab before making an appointment.Please do not arrive for treatment on an empty stomach, or just having eaten a big meal. As well, please refrain from alcohol, tobacco or recreational drugs before treatment.Bring shorts, a tank-top or t-shirt and socks with you.

  • How many treatments will I need?

    It depends on several factors: how long you have had the main complaint; if you have other issues that you want addressed; your general state of health; how consistent you are in coming in for treatment; and how well you are taking care of yourself in other areas. Some acute conditions respond very well after only one or two treatments, while others require a course of seven to ten treatments to see significant improvement. Chronic conditions may require several courses over a longer period. Generally, the longer you have had a problem, and the more severe it is, the longer it takes to "turn around".

  • What forms of payment do you accept?

    Cash, cheque, and e-transfer (sorry, no debit card).

  • Do you direct bill?

    Yes, for Pacific Blue Cross and Greenshield. Please call your insurance provider to find out your coverage limit.