Acupuncture is an ancient Chinese healing practice that uses very thin needles to restore the body’s natural flow of energy (also called Qi or chi). It has been around for thousands of years and is still helping people today. Acupuncture is an extremely safe treatment modality. Many people find it very relaxing and calming, while others feel energized and more balanced mentally as well as physically.
Acupuncture can help you with a wide range of health issues, both physical and mental. It can help treat your pain, anxiety, injuries, inflammation, insomnia, hormonal imbalance, digestive woes, and many chronic and acute illnesses. While you may feel the effects of acupuncture right away—especially its calming effects—lasting benefits will generally take more sessions.
The first thing to know about acupuncture is that it doesn’t have to be painful. Common sensations after needling include tingling, a dull ache, or a feeling of pressure or heaviness, but it is comfortable, and most patients describe feeling relaxed. Many take a nap on the table.
During the treatment, you will lie down on a comfortable massage table while sterile needles are inserted, one-time-use, at specific points. The needles will be left in your body while you rest for anywhere from 15 minutes to an hour, depending on your treatment plan and how much time you have. Heat lamps will often be used to keep you warm, comfortable and enhance your sense of relaxation. After treatment, you may feel sleepy and deeply relaxed. It’s also possible you’ll feel energized or a bit lightheaded. All are normal reactions. You’re likely to feel really good for the rest of the day. If you can make some time for the effects of your treatment to settle in, this can enhance its efficacy.
Acupuncture provides physical and emotional support leading up to labour and birth.
It can increase your sense of satisfaction with the birthing experience and enhance your overall well-being after birth.
• Encourage optimal birth position by turning posterior or breech presentation.
• Reduce cesarean rates
• Minimize need for medical induction (oxytocin)
• Reduce the need for pain medication or epidural
• Shorten labour times
• Treat anxiety and help create a calm mental attitude for an optimal birth experience.
Research indicates that weekly acupuncture treatments performed at week 37, 38, 39 & 40 weeks can help the baby become engaged and the cervix to soften & dilate.
Facial Rejuvenation Acupuncture is a rejuvenation and a revitalization process designed to help the whole body look and feel younger. It will improve blood and energy circulation, nourish your skin and increase collagen production to diminish the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, sagging and dull skin.
Some of the benefits of Facial Rejuvenation Acupuncture include:
• Minimize or eliminate fine lines
• Reduce double chins
• Reduces frown lines
• Thightens pores
• Lifts sagging skin, droopy eyelids
• Increases collagen production
• Brightens the eyes
• Improves muscle tone
• Evens facial color and tone
• Slows the aging process
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TRACY BROADBENT, R.Acu.
Tracy graduated from the International College of Traditional Chinese Medicine's Doctor of Traditional Chinese Medicine program in 2000. She completed post graduate studies in Medical Ethics, Reproductive Medicine, Trauma Therapy and Cosmetic Acupuncture (facial rejuvenation), and a clinical internship in Korean Acupuncture at South Bay College of Oriental Medicine.
Tracy has a special interest, extensive training and experience in the treatment of infertility. She feels very honored to be part of her patients journey to motherhood. She can optimize your ability to conceive naturally or work with your doctor to support your fertility treatment whether it be in vitro fertilization (IVF) or other reproductive technologies (ART). Combining acupuncture with IVF can increase the success rate of IVF by up to 40%. Tracy works closely with midwives by providing pre- birth acupuncture for their patients in the final weeks of pregnancy, to help prepare for birth.
Aside from her passion for her career in TCM, she enjoys spending time with her children & grandchildren, dragonboating, hiking, motorcycles, and fundraising & volunteering for her favorite charities.
Tracy endeavors to provide the highest quality of care for her patients.
She specializes in the treatment of:
• acute or chronic pain
• digestive disorders
• labour preparation
• facial rejuvenation
* Trauma-informed care