Current trends with insurance and acupuncture

by Gord Grant PhD, RAc Alberta healthcare does not cover acupuncture yet.  However, many private healthcare plans offer acupuncture-specific annual allocations, usually around $500 or so, or a health spending account which can be used to reimburse part or all the costs of acupuncture. Recently in 2010, the BC ministry of health decided to reimburse up to $23 per visit for acupuncture for a combined annual limit of 10 visits…

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Community acupuncture catches on in the USA with POCA

by Gord Grant PhD, RAc The idea of community acupuncture has really grown in the United States over the last decade.  I think this is because, unlike Canadians, American’s have less access to affordable primary care.  Community acupuncture seems to have filled a specific need in the US where people can look after their ailments more affordably and proactively.  More and more are routinely using acupuncture for prevention and relaxation…

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Roots of community acupuncture in China: moving Qi, but more!

by Gord Grant PhD, RAc In China, acupuncture was and still is practiced commonly in a group setting. On the way home after work or on your day off, you see the acupuncturist for a weekly tune-up.  Here treatments are performed efficiently on people in a group setting, sitting in chairs or lying down on tables, sometimes with drapes between, sometimes not. The origins of Chinese medicine  are founded in…

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“Cost: A big limitation of private acupuncture treatments… the ATP story part 3”

by Gord Grant PhD, RAc This is the next article in a series about ATP’s “turning points”.  I have described the beginning of our story – go here to read the series.  Our original dilemma was presented in the choice between offering clients a dedicated one-on-one service or a more cost-efficient multiple client model, in which  people are treated simultaneously in separate rooms in quick succession.  In these dedicated private…

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A healthcare dilemma: process efficiency or client’s needs first? The ATP story-part 2

by Gord Grant PhD, RAc This is the second part of a series that describes ATP’s “turning points”  — it’s about my insights along the way as we have engaged and participated with our clients in caring for their health.  Last time I introduced the idea of community acupuncture and how it is now integrated into the culture at ATP.  I see it not only as an alternative, but also…

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IMS or Acupuncture – what’s the difference?

    IMS, or “intramuscular stimulation”,  is a relatively new and promising technique which was introduced by Dr.  Gunn about 30 years ago. Originally it was called “dry needling of motor points” , which refers to using a non-hypodermic needle without the injection of a liquid, but rather a dry filamentous needle (indeed, an acupuncture needle).  Dr. Gunn demonstrated this technique could  significantly reduce chronic muscular pain associated with neuropathies…

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The Connective Tissue Connection

“It’s all in the fascia”.  How many times have I heard this from healthcare workers who have spent a lifetime working with injuries or researching mechanisms of health and healing? Loosely speaking, fascia is connective tissue.  It surrounds all our body parts, from big to small.  Fascia can be the ligaments that support and hold a joint together, or it can be the intricate wrappings around muscles at every level,…

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When Stress becomes Disease – going beyond blame

Relaxation Massage at the Acupuncture Turning Point

by Gord Grant I want to talk about why we get sick. What qualifies me to talk about this?  Well, on the surface, it is because I have extensive post-secondary training and research experience in pathology. I am a pathology and pharmacology instructor at MacEwan University, and I am an acupuncturist who is trained to help people get well.  But more deeply, what really qualifies me, is that like you…

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Healthy Skin — and a Healthy YOU. Ten habits, ten blogs.

10 part beauty blog by Jenn Kotowictz HHP, RAc; facial rejuvination acupuncturist. I am going to blog about 10 habits over then next couple of weeks or so that can help you toward healthier skin and a healthier you! There are a lot of authorities and magic 10 step diets out there for weight-loss, skin care, health or longevity.  This is not one of them. Few really help you examine…

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Voted Best Acupuncturist/Acupuncture Clinic in Edmonton

Thank you! Thank you to everyone for your support, and for being part of our growth over the 3 years we have been in business! We have been voted Best Acupuncturist/Acupuncture Clinic in Edmonton by Vue Weekly readers in their recent 2012 poll.  We are very proud of this accomplishment! Go here to see Vue’s BEST OF EDMONTON POLL for other healthcare businesses. We are in the process of expanding…

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