How do you go about finding an acupuncturist if you’ve never had acupuncture before? Good question. Whether you are looking for a Kelowna acupuncturist or elsewhere, we’ve put together this article to help you with the process.
1. See an acupuncture expert.
Many different types of health practitioners offer acupuncture today: acupuncturists, physiotherapists, naturopaths, chiropractors, massage therapists, and even medical doctors may offer some form of acupuncture.The fact that acupuncture is gaining greater public acceptance and awareness is a testament to the effectiveness of acupuncture.
In our many years of experience we know that if you want to get the most from acupuncture, it’s best to see an expert. This means seeing a provincially or state licensed Acupuncturist. Registered Acupuncturists are specialists in acupuncture- they have trained for 2-4 years in acupuncture before being licensed, as compared to days or week long acupuncture courses for other types practitioners.
Registered Acupuncturists have met strict education and licensing requirements in order to practice. They also continue to upgrade their skills yearly with continuing education coursework and professional development. Kelowna acupuncturists are regulated by the BC licensing body, CTCMA.
Chinese medicine trained Acupuncturists have a deeper understanding of diagnosing and treating conditions with acupuncture, which results in better effectiveness. Also, because acupuncture is what they do- all day, every day- Registered Acupuncturists have skills and techniques to make your treatment experience as comfortable as possible. As a patient, you benefit from the expertise and experience of a Registered Acupuncturist who has treated conditions like yours and knows the most effective treatment methods to get results.
2. Find an acupuncturist that specializes in your condition.
Acupuncturists are a wide-ranging group of professionals like any other. This starts with the different types of education and training that acupuncturists get and the type of conditions that they focus their practice on. Every acupuncturist will have their own way of approaching treatment and because of their interests and focus, will specialize in different types of conditions. Some acupuncturists are like a family doctor and focus on general wellness. Others specialize in certain conditions like sports injuries, fertility, or cosmetic acupuncture.
A Chinese medicine trained Registered Acupuncturist has the skills to assess and treat a wide range of complex conditions so feel confident that if you are seeing an acupuncturist that is licensed with the CTCMA, they will have the expertise to address your problem.
However, it can be helpful to see a practitioner who has experience treating your condition in the past, so it is worth asking about their experience with your type of condition.
3. Find an acupuncturist you feel comfortable with.
You should feel safe and comfortable your practitioner- after all, you are entrusting your health to him or her! An acupuncturist will typically ask a number of detailed questions to get an overall picture of your health, and you should feel you are in an accepting and compassionate environment. If you don’t connect with your practitioner or their communication style doesn’t match yours, it’s ok to look for a practitioner who does.
At our clinic, we specialize in first-time acupuncture patients. Because we are shaping our patients’ experience with acupuncture, we know that first impressions count. Our entire team creates a caring and welcome environment to ensure that our patients’ first experience with acupuncture is a positive one so that they can experience the benefits of acupuncture for years to come.
OK, so now you are ready! Whether you are looking for a Kelowna acupuncturist or outside the Okanagan, here’s how to start:
- Look for acupuncturists in your area. Acupuncture usually requires a series of treatments to resolve a problem. If you have to drive hours to see your acupuncturist, it may be difficult to get treatments often enough to see results. Check the licensing body in your province or state for a directory of Acupuncturists in your area.
- Get a recommendation from someone you know, check out online reviews and visit the acupuncturist’s website. This should give you some idea of the Acupuncturist’s training, experience, specializations and approach to help you get a sense of if they will be a good fit for you. You’ll start to get a sense of their practice style and personality.
- Evaluate the cost. Acupuncture rates vary, from low cost clinics that treat patients in a group setting to high cost clinics where the acupuncturists spend a lot of one-on-one time with the patient and may include additional therapies in their treatment. Consider that with acupuncture, you’ll get the best results with a series of treatments. A good rule of thumb is the cost of 10 treatments should be within your budget. You could need less or more than 10 treatments depending on your situation.
- Phone the clinic to find out more and/or book an appointment. By now you should have an idea of how well of a fit the acupuncturist is for your needs and personality. Phone them or make a first appointment. You’ll get a sense from calling or visiting the clinic of the atmosphere and if you feel comfortable there. Be patient, sometimes it can take a couple visits to get comfortable with the environment and the acupuncturist. But if you’re not comfortable, it’s okay to try somewhere else. Much like a massage therapist or any other health provider, it’s important to find an acupuncturist and clinic that you connect with.
Why choose Okanagan Acupuncture Centre?
- We get results. Our Kelowna acupuncturists are experts! Chinese medicine trained Registered Acupuncturists with the CTCMA, our acupuncturists see a huge volume of patients. They have practice experience treating many, many different conditions and in getting effective results from treatments.
- Painless. Really! When it comes to acupuncture, it’s all about finesse. Our acupuncturists are experts at gentle treatments that minimize discomfort.
- Specialists in first-time acupuncture patients. Nervous? We get that. Our entire team is here to make sure you feel welcome and cared for the moment you step in the door.
If you’d like to try acupuncture, our New Patient Special is a great way to get comfortable with acupuncture, and us! Contact us to book!