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Acupuncture Therapy in the Lower Mainland

Acupuncture is a safe, non-invasive technique, with limited or minor side effects, utilized at Back in Motion as an alternative or adjunct treatment.

About Acupuncture

Acupuncture is a form of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) that uses needles to stimulate the balance and flow of Qi energy through the body. 

According to TCM, Qi energy flows along the meridians, with are pathways connected throughout the whole body. When the energy of flow is smooth, the body is in good health – the yin/yang balance is known as homeostasis. The TCM belief is that when the flow of energy is deficient or obstructed, it indicates a susceptibility for illness and/or certain conditions. 

Acupuncture is a safe and effective alternative treatment. Physiotherapists combine this knowledge of TCM with Western medicine, evidence-informed practice, to provide this alternative or adjunct treatment.

Through the insertion of needles in specific points of the body, this technique works by:

  • stimulating the release of endorphins (body’s natural pain relief hormones)
  • altering various biochemical and physiological processes
  • affecting the functioning of the hormonal system

Thereby acupuncture can:

  • assists with the natural healing process
  • decrease inflammation 
  • increase circulation
  • relieve pain

Is Acupuncture Therapy recommended for me?

Acupuncture can be used to treat individuals from all ages, from children to seniors. At Back in Motion, it is often utilized in combination with other techniques or services. When used in conjunction with physio or massage therapy, acupuncture can be recommended to help treat conditions such as:

Pain (any area of the body)


Frozen shoulder



Low back pain

Chronic pain


Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Muscle and joint dysfunctions

Muscle tension

Whiplash (i.e. motor vehicle accident)



Neuropathy/ neuralgia


Concussion management and symptoms

Acupuncture is one of the services available for individuals who have been involved in a motor vehicle accident, along with massage therapy and physiotherapy. Back in Motion health offer the services you need to increase function.

Benefits of Acupuncture At Back in Motion Health

Acupuncture is a non-invasive technique, with limited or minor side effects, helps to:

  • Relieve pain
  • Reduce spasms
  • Reduce swelling
  • Promote faster healing
  • Improve body function and mobility
  • Enhanced quality of life for individuals with chronic pain

A recommended course of treatment can be made after a complete assessment by one of our trained Back in Motion Physiotherapists. Contact us today to book an appointment or to learn more about these services.

Why Choose Acupuncture at Back in Motion Health?

Our Team treats a wide range of injuries and conditions in our state-of-the-art health centres. Each clinic features private treatment rooms and the latest in therapy, exercise equipment and treatment techniques.

  • Experienced and knowledgeable team of clinicians.
  • Wide range of treatment and services under the same roof.
  • Convenient locations across the Lower Mainland and Victoria.
  • Easy Online Booking.
  • Free Parking.
  • Direct Billing to most Extended Health Providers.

Before Your Appointment

If there are any specific preparations required for your appointment, you will be advised prior to your appointment day.

During Your Appointment

On the appointment day, it is recommended to wear loose fitting clothes that can easily be rolled up or maneuvered. In certain cases, clinicians will give you a gown to wear in order to access the area of treatment.

Your clinician may ask you a few questions (additional to the comprehensive assessment performed in your first appointment) to better determine if acupuncture is recommended for you, and what you should expect from the treatment. 

Sessions usually last between 15 and 30 minutes, although your therapist may choose to take/leave the needles sooner or longer. Relief may be immediate or occur within a few hours or days following treatment.

Most people find their acupuncture treatment relaxing. A few individuals experience minimal discomfort. Acupuncture needles are very fine, metallic, thin, and have rounded tips, which makes them quite painless upon insertion. Everyone experiences acupuncture differently, but most feel no pain or very minimal pain as the needles are inserted. 

During the treatment, you may experience a small amount of bleeding at the needle site, which may cause mild bruising. 

It is common to feel aching, warmth/heat and heaviness in the area of application, which is not perceived as an undesirable outcome. These symptoms may be present from a few seconds/minutes to a few hours after the treatment. Individuals may also experience fatigue, dizziness, tingling, sweating, nausea or fainting.

Your clinician will monitor your symptoms throughout the session and will decide to continue or interrupt treatment. 

At the end of the session, you will be reminded to book your follow-up appointments, when needed. You may do that with your clinician, call one of our locations, or book online.

After Your Appointment

After your session you will be able to move the body part normally, and you may notice relief of symptoms after the session. If you experienced small amounts of bleeding during the needle insertion, you may notice mild bruising at the needle site.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is Acupuncture Safe?

Yes, acupuncture is a safe technique. Needles are sterile and meant for a single-use, so there is no risk of infection or transmission of disease. Back in Motion Clinicians that apply acupuncture have CAFCI designation, are trained to safely use acupuncture, and understand the precautions and contraindications to this technique. 

Individuals may experience minimal discomfort during treatment. It is common to feel aching, heat and heaviness during the treatment, which is not perceived as an undesirable outcome. These symptoms may be present from a few seconds to a few hours after the treatment. During the treatment, you may also experience small amount of bleeding at the needle site, which may case mild bruising. Individuals may also experience fatigue, dizziness, tingling, sweating, nausea, or fainting.

Does Acupuncture have any side effects?

Acupuncture treatments have very few adverse effects and complications from its use. After treatment, very few individuals presented are nausea, fainting, and mild bruising in the area of application.

Does Acupuncture hurt?

Acupuncture is a gentle treatment that causes none to minimal discomfort. Most patients find the technique relaxing and effective for their individual needs. Acupuncture needles are very fine, metallic and thin, which makes it painless upon insertion.

Is Acupuncture appointment covered by my extended health plan?

Clients should refer to their specific Extended Medical Plan coverage for details on services and coverage/limits available. Generally speaking, most insurance plans offer coverage for this treatment. If you have coverage, Back in Motion Health directly bills most Extended Health Plans (verify if your plan is on our list), or provides a medical receipt to be used on request for reimbursement.

If you have sustained a workplace injury, or have been involved in a car accident, acupuncture may be included in your eligibility. Contact us to learn more.

Locations That Offer Acupuncture


#107-1975 McCallum Road, Abbotsford
Phone: 604-425-1550
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#202 – 405 North Road, Coquitlam
Phone: 604-424-9524
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North Vancouver

1394 Main Street North Vancouver
Phone: 778-729-1300
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#210-7525 King George Blvd Surrey
Phone: 778-728-0360
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#208-333 East Broadway Vancouver
Phone: 604-343-2018
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#140 – 6651 Elmbridge Way, Richmond
Phone: 604-233-2347
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Insurance Claims & Information

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Extended Health Coverage

ICBC Insurance Claims

Back in Motion’s team of clinicians, including Physiotherapists, Massage Therapists, Occupational Therapists, Psychologists, Counsellors, and Kinesiologists, all have extensive experience in administering ICBC treatments. We are here to help! Click the ‘Learn More’ button for additional details.

WorkSafeBC Claims

Workplace injuries are usually due to trauma or overuse. If you have been injured as a result of a workplace activity, our team of experts at Back in Motion can perform a comprehensive assessment and develop a treatment plan to reduce your symptoms and rehabilitate your injury.

If your claim is approved by WSBC, your initial assessment is 100% covered with a WorkSafeBC Claim number. Once your claim has been accepted by WorkSafeBC, the full treatment cost of your appointments will be funded (within the approved time parameters). When you are ready, your physiotherapist will work with you, your employer, physician, and WorkSafeBC Case Manager to develop a safe and appropriate return to work plan. If your claim has been denied or is disallowed, the expenses will need to be covered by the Client.

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