Registered Acupuncture (R.Ac.)

“Registered Acupuncture is a healthcare profession dedicated to helping people recover from pain and physical dysfunction.”

What is Registered Acupuncture (R.Ac.)?

The profession of Registered Acupuncture, also known as Acupuncture, has evolved to become a primary healthcare modality in Canada. The Acupuncture profession in BC is regulated by the College of Traditional Chinese Medicine & Acupuncture of British Columbia (CTMCA).

How Does Acupuncture Help?

The Acupuncture profession involves multiple interventions for the treatment and prevention of physical pain and dysfunction. The basis of acupuncture is to stimulate the body’s biochemical healing abilities. There are several biochemicals that the art of acupuncture (Traditional Chinese Medicine) can help help with:

  1. Endorphin Release – helps block the perception of pain
  2. Serotonin Release – this helps with both mental and physical factors. It helps with muscle relaxation, emotional unrest, and wound healing.
  3. Adenosine Release – this acts as a powerful anti-inflammatory and produces an analgesic effect during treatment

How Acupuncture Compares

Similar to Physiotherapy, Chiropractic’s and Registered Massage Therapy, Acupuncture is another tool we can use to target healing within the body which provides relief and long lasting benefits. Each modality brings a slightly different approach to achieve similar outcomes. Depending on the type of injury, where you are in your recovery and how your body responds to various modalities you may find one modality more effective than another or a combination of modalities more effective than one.

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Why Use a Registered Acupuncturist (R.Ac.)?

Healthcare professionals with the designation Registered Acupuncture have completed a 1,900 hours of post graduate stdies from an accredited Canadian Traditional Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture College. The basis of the educational curriculum is centered on evidence-informed solutions to physical and emotional imbalances that negatively impacts an individual’s life.

In addition to having minimum passing grades the Acupuncture designation, R.Ac., requires 450 hours of supervised clinical practice. 

The importance to you is the assurance that any healthcare professional with the R.Ac. designation has the proven ability to provide safe and effective health care for pain and other physical/ emotional issues.

How are painPRO Registered Acupuncturists Different?

At painPRO we are committed to the professional growth of all our Registered Acupuncturists and allocate significant resources to ensuring they have the highest professional standards in the industry. Here are a few of the things we do to ensure you get the best experience possible:

  • Patient Centered

    All Acupuncturists working with painPRO are independent contractors and have been contracted based on their patient-centered focus. In our eyes, no amount of education can take the place of an Acupuncturist who creates a safe space and values who you are by looking out for your best interests.

  • Empathetic Therapists

    Our view is that great patient care is correlated with the amount of professional attention you get. This is why we ensure that all Acupuncturists, R.Ac.’s, working with us do one on one therapy sessions.

  • Team Focused

    Our Acupuncturists, R.Ac.’s, work collaboratively with other healthcare professionals at painPRO in order to improve injury recovery time for patients with pain and mental/ emotional unrest.

Locations Offering Registered Acupuncture

Acupuncture is now available at painPRO in Vancouver, Burnaby, Surrey and Coquitlam.

Acupuncture Downtown Vancouver

1112 W Pender St #705
Vancouver, BC V6E 2S1

Acupuncture City Square Vancouver

555 W 12th Ave #495 West Tower
Vancouver, BC V5Z 3X7

Acupuncture Burnaby Metrotown

4710 Kingsway
Suite 2148
Burnaby, BC V5H 4J5

Acupuncture North Surrey

10366 136A Street #100
Surrey, BC V3T 5R3

Acupuncture Surrey Memorial

13737 96th Ave #507
Surrey, BC V3V 0C6

Acupuncture Coquitlam Centre

2950 Glen Dr
Suite 501
Coquitlam, BC V3B 0J1

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