Dr. Kang specializes in treating numerous conditions including acute and chronic spinal conditions, muscular conditions, common neuromusculoskeletal diseases including disc herniation and sciatica, headaches/migraines, shoulder/elbow/knee injuries, postural correction, women’s health, and sports injuries, among other conditions.
Dr. Barry Nguyen holds an Honours Bachelor of Science degree in Kinesiology and went on to complete his Doctor of Chiropractic degree at the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College (CMCC), cum laude. There, he developed a keen interest in patient-centered care and looking at the patient as a whole rather than solely at the injury. The goals of his treatment plans are to find the source of the pain and to deliver a collaborative patient-doctor experience. He concurrently completed his certificate in Medical Acupuncture and is a certified Rock Blades soft tissue provider.
Acupuncture helps with a variety of medical conditions. Some of the most common conditions acupuncture can treat include: pain, blood pressure, allergies, insomnia, menstrual cramps, osteoarthritis, anxiety and depression, strokes, and stress management.
In Traditional Chinese Medicine, Acupuncturists target specific acupoints to achieve different results. By inserting very thin needles through your skin, the Acupuncturist tries to balance the flow of life force and the flow of energy, known as qi or chi.
After a thorough assessment of your condition, the Acupuncturist inserts the needles along the pathways of your life or energy flows so that the needles will disrupt the current flow and rebalance it.
Medical Acupuncture practitioners view the acupoints as places that can stimulate your nerves, muscles, and connective tissues. Some medical practitioners believe that the acupuncture needles can stimulate the body’s natural painkillers, thus relieving pain and producing other beneficial effects.
No, Acupuncture does not hurt. It is normal when a patient sometimes feels heaviness, aching or tingling around the site of the needle insertion.
The Acupuncture needles used are very fine and thin, and are unlikely to cause any discomfort. In general, most patients describe acupuncture as very relaxing.
Typically, the acupuncture needles are inserted to a depth of ¼ to 1 inch. Depth depends on the size of the person and the target structure and location.
Once the needles are inserted, they are left in place for around 20 minutes, depending on the patient’s condition. During this time, the patient should remain still, relaxed and in a comfortable position.
Emkiro uses only sterilized, single use, stainless steel Acupuncture needles. Once the needles are removed from their sealed packaging they are only used once and then disposed of.
This depends on the condition being treated. If the condition is fairly new and uncomplicated, a patient may only need up to 5 Acupuncture treatments.
However, if it is a more serious condition the patient may require anywhere from 5 to 15 Acupuncture treatments. Some chronic conditions may require more sessions of Acupuncture.
The first visit will include a full assessment where the patient is asked a number of questions about his or her health. A focused regional physical exam follows.
Following this, the first treatment is performed. This process takes about one hour, and around 30 minutes for subsequent treatments.
Emkiro now offers direct insurance billing.
Yes. The majority of Canadian workers have partial or full coverage for Acupuncture services in their workplace health care plans. It is recommended that patients check with their insurance provider.
Some insurance companies may require a note from a physician explaining why Acupuncture has been recommended.
It is recommended that patients check with their insurance, and if needed they can make a medical walk-in appointment at Emkiro for a physician’s assessment and referral, usually on the same day.