On distal needling, aka “Finding the switches”

Jul 09 2018
by Lisa Baird
A balding man stands in the sunshine with a huge smile waves to the camera. Ocean and rugged coastline behind him.

People ask us all the time why we’re not putting needles into where it hurts. (“You know it’s my knee that’s sore, not my elbow, right?”) This is a totally fair question! The answer is that we use distal acupuncture: placing needles away from the site we’re treating instead of close to it. Distal points are below the knee, below the elbow, on the head and at the ears. It’s a safe, efficient and very effective way of practising that’s been used for thousands of years.

What Should I Be Feeling During Acupuncture?

Mar 02 2017
by Stef Cordes & Lisa Baird
Community acupuncture practitioner sitting on a stool in the GCA group treatment room, in front of a bearded patient relaxing in a recliner, while several other patients sleep in recliners covered in red blankets in a loose circle in the room.

“What does it feel like?” That’s one of the most common questions we hear from people new to acupuncture. We respond by assuring people that most folks relax pretty quickly, and many people even fall asleep. But that’s not the only thing that happens. A wide range of experiences during acupuncture are considered normal.

Crying and Community Acupuncture: Tears in the Treatment Room

Jun 15 2016
by Stef Cordes & Lisa Baird
Four acupuncture patients reclining in a softly lit room, practitioner standing to the right tending to a patient.

Not only is it fine with us when patient cry during treatment, we also tend to see it as a good thing when someone gets the physical & emotional release of tears along with the acupuncture, for a few reasons …

Community Acupuncture and the Question of Weight Loss

Feb 17 2016
by Stef Cordes & Lisa Baird
Seated practitioner treating patient in a recliner, both lit by sunshine in Guelph Community Acupuncture treatment room.

People often ask us if acupuncture can help with weight loss. That’s a loaded question!

Trauma-Informed Care & Community Acupuncture

Apr 22 2015
by Stef Cordes & Lisa Baird
Five people sleeping during acupuncture treatment, covered in red blankets, lying in recliners arranged in a semi-circle.

Given how widespread trauma is in our society, we know that many of our patients have trauma histories, whether or not they discuss it with us. Guelph Community Acupuncture is designed to be safer for people with current and/or past traumas.

Mental Health Stigma & Community Acupuncture

Mar 26 2015
by Stef Cordes & Lisa Baird
A black & white stencil of eight silhouetted birds in flight, encircled by text reading "YOU ARE NOT ALONE".

by Stef Cordes and Lisa Baird Mental health challenges affect many of us. As many as 1 in 5 Canadians have been given a diagnosis […]

Do people really sleep?

Oct 13 2014
by Stef Cordes & Lisa Baird
Guelph Community Acupuncture clinic with people getting treatment

We hear this a lot. For some, the idea of strangers sleeping in the same room together is exceptionally weird. But the answer is Yes, […]

Sliding scale, demystified.

Oct 21 2013
by Lisa Baird

Most people have never encountered a sliding scale in the context of a clinic before. We get a lot of questions about how our sliding […]

When to stay home sick, and when to come for acupuncture

Aug 12 2013
by Lisa Baird

There are some nasty bugs going around this month. We’re seeing lots of folks with head colds and miserable flus. We’re also getting quite a […]

Why free acupuncture on May Day?

Apr 22 2013
by Lisa Baird
In a large room with natural lighting, a semi-circle of patients reclining in lazyboys, covered with red blankets. On the far right, a pracitioner bends over to set needles for a patient.

Free treatments on May 1st are a community acupuncture tradition. If you’re new to community acupuncture, or unfamiliar with the history of May Day, also known as International Worker’s Day, you might well be wondering why this is …

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