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Acupuncture is a growing field in North America as more and more people discover the benefits of this natural form of medicine. Acupuncture is well adapted to many health settings, however not all professionals who use acupuncture in their practice are qualified to do so.
Acupuncture is more than just a technique or a mechanical procedure. There is philosophy and diagnostic process that informs an acupuncture treatment, distinct from the allopathic view. Chinese medicine has evolved a unique body of knowledge and wisdom dating back over two thousand years.
While Naturopaths, Physiotherapists, and Medical Doctors can be well educated and competent within their own disciplines, when it comes to understanding the principles of Chinese Medicine and acupuncture many are lacking indepth training.
Average training time for practicing acupuncture
- MDs and Naturopaths – 6 weeks
- Physiotherapists – 3 weeks
- Registered acupuncturists – 2.5 – 3 years
Most registered acupuncturists train for a total of 2.600 hours or more learning their craft. In British Columbia graduates are required to sit a provincial board exam and follow standards of practice outlined by the CTCMA. Ongoing continued education is also a requirement of licensure.
Acupuncture should be a safe and comfortable experience. Techniques like Intra Muscular Stimulation (IMS) and dry needling commonly practiced in physiotherapy clinics can sometimes be confused with acupuncture. As a result many people assume acupuncture needs to inflict pain to work. Nothing could be further from the truth.
In the hands of a qualified registered acupuncturist this complementary therapy is safe, gentle and gets the results you are looking for.
Can acupuncture help your pain condition? Book a session with Silas Roesnblatt, R Ac call 250 884 7061or send a email through the contact page