What is Acupuncture?

Acupuncture is a therapy used to relieve pain and promote natural healing. It is one of the oldest and most commonly used medical treatments in the world. With its history in traditional Chinese medicine, it has been providing patients with relief for thousands of years.

It is a tried and true solution for issues ranging from neck pain and headaches to stress and anxiety. Traditionally, it was believed that acupuncture worked by correcting the imbalances in a patient’s life force, or chi. 

Since then, clinical trials and systematic reviews have confirmed that acupuncture works for treating chronic pain caused by a variety of conditions.

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Get natural pain relief and healing with acupuncture.


How can Acupuncture help me?

As an alternative medicine, acupuncture is a great option for patients who want to relieve their pain without taking drugs. The treatments are all-natural, as the needles aren’t used to inject anything into the body.

The treatments are also safe and painless. The needles are so thin that people often don’t feel the needle insertion at all, and they do not cause bleeding or tissue damage.

Acupuncture treatments can alleviate the pain and symptoms associated with:


How does Acupuncture work?

Acupuncture treatments involve inserting very thin needles into specific points on the body. The presence of these needles can stimulate nerves, muscles, organs, connective tissue, and the immune system. That’s how this safe and non-invasive therapy can boost your body’s natural painkillers, blood flow and ability to heal. 

Acupuncturists use either single-use or sterilized needles. Typically, the needles are left in place for about 15-20 minutes, and most patients find the experience relaxing (many even take a “needle nap” during treatment). Acupuncturists can also manipulate the needles with their hands or apply heat or electricity to further stimulate pain relief and healing.


When can I expect to see results?

The length of time it takes to see results is different for every individual case. However, many patients see rapid improvements to their overall health immediately after starting acupuncture treatments. Some of the positive changes you can look forward to are:

  • Pain relief
  • Stress relief 
  • Improved sleep
  • More energy
  • Improved digestion

Cost and Coverage

Just like many of our services, our acupuncture treatments are often covered through insurance. So whether you’re covered through work or auto insurance, you may be able to get the benefits of acupuncture at little to no cost to you. But even if you don’t have any coverage, don’t worry. We can offer our treatments at competitive rates. Get in touch or schedule a consultation to learn more.

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Why choose Activa for Acupuncture?

One key benefit of getting your acupuncture treatment from our clinics is our whole-body approach. Our registered acupuncturists are just one part of our large team of health care providers. These professionals will work together to create a customized treatment plan for you.

That means your acupuncture treatments may be used in combination with other therapies in order to get you to full health as soon as possible.

Our health care providers will work with you to understand your unique circumstances and uncover the root cause of your health issues. This is how we can solve your problems at their source and ensure they don’t come back.

Our Team Includes:

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Our expert Acupuncturists

Our registered acupuncturists understand how to provide safe and effective treatments that are free from side effects. They are experts at the practice of acupuncture and how it can be used to help you.

Schedule a consultation today to learn more about acupuncture can free you from pain and let you get back to living your life.

Afraid of Needles?

Although most patients don’t feel any discomfort from acupuncture needles, we understand if you still have a needle phobia. In this case, we offer laser therapy that can provide the healing effects of acupuncture, but without the need for needles.

We use a cold-laser system that is completely painless and can promote healing at the cellular level. The treatment can focus on the same points as needle treatments, so you get all the same benefits of acupuncture. Our laser system is state-of-the-art and capable of penetrating up to 10 cm below the skin surface.


Where can I get Acupuncture Treatments near me?

There’s no need to live in pain any longer. Acupuncture is an all-natural solution that can provide relief and improve your overall health. Activa has seven conveniently located clinics that can offer acupuncture in Southern Ontario. The communities we serve include Toronto, Mississauga, Brampton, Scarborough, Kitchener, and Hamilton.


  • 1. Can acupuncture damage nerves?

    There have been cases where inexperienced practitioners have caused injuries and nerve damage during acupuncture treatments. However, these acupuncturists had to deviate significantly from the training and techniques of acupuncture to cause these injuries. When performed by a trained and qualified acupuncturist, acupuncture is extremely unlikely to result in injury.

  • 2. Is acupuncture covered by insurance?

    In many cases, yes. Acupuncture is being increasingly covered by standard health insurance policies. Check the details of your policy or contact your insurance agent to find out for sure.