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Calgary Acupuncture treatment with Action Sports Clinic.
Acupuncture is an ancient form of Chinese medicine involving the insertion of solid filiform acupuncture needles into the skin at specific points on the body to achieve a therapeutic effect. No drug is injected. The needles alone create the beneficial effects of acupuncture.
Acupuncture is a form of physiotherapy used to encourage natural healing, improve mood and energy, reduce or relieve pain and improve function of affected areas of the body. It is safe and effective and is often successfully used as an alternative to medications or even surgery. Relief is often obtained with acupuncture when traditional medical therapy has failed.
Acupuncture needles are solid, usually stainless steel (they may also be gold or silver), and measure from 13-70 mm, although longer reusable ones up to about 150 mm in length can be purchased. The needles are very fine, flexible and rounded but sharp at the tip. They are ‘atraumatic’, meaning that they do not have a cutting edge like a hypodermic needle, which slices through tissue. Their design allows acupuncture needles to slide smoothly through tissues and makes them unlikely to cause bleeding or damage to underlying structures.
Acupuncture points (also referred to as ‘acupoints’) are places on the skin that have a lower resistance to the passage of electricity than the surrounding skin and are part of a network of points that were mapped centuries ago by the Chinese. Most are found along ‘meridians’ or ‘channels’ that are believed to be the pathways by which energy or Qi (pronounced ‘Chee’) flows through the body. Acupoints are located either by identifying anatomical landmarks or by the classical method (for example: “the point where the middle finger touches the thigh when standing at attention”).
A dull, heavy, or aching feeling often occurs when the needle is correctly placed. This is referred to as ‘de Qi’ and is considered by some traditional acupuncturists to be necessary for acupuncture to be effective. The experience of AFCI is that relief of pain can often be obtained without provoking the de Qi response. Recent fMRI studies indicate that there is a difference in the response of the brain to needling with and without the de Qi sensation.
The needles are left in place for 15-30 minutes, and the practitioner may manipulate the needles to strengthen or reduce the flow of Qi. Lifting, twisting, and rotating are some of the needling techniques a practitioner may use.
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Action Sports Clinic has a multidisciplinary team of physiotherapy, chiropractic, and massage therapy professionals serving the active community of downtown Calgary. As a team, we strive for excellence in evidence-based and personalized care for musculoskeletal injuries and conditions. Combining the unique strengths of each professional discipline, this integral approach to care enables each patient to draw from the expertise of team members. This eliminates the traditional barriers of communication between busy practitioners, thereby ensuring collaboration and effectiveness of treatment programs.
We are athletes ourselves…and we understand the needs of sports minded clients. We believe that participation in physical activity is an important part of health and vitality. The pursuit of dreams, setting goals, and the drive for personal achievement are all values we believe in and aspire.
We Are One of the Top Teams of Physical Therapists in Calgary.
"I attend Action Sports Clinic to see my physiotherapist - Darra. Darra is very knowledgeable, attentive, and truly knows his sports medicine. I would highly recommend Darra to anyone who has a sports injury or is in need of physiotherapy.The front desk staff are very friendly and helpful, and are able to answer all of my questions."
Morgan Tarves – ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
"Initial Assessment went well. Office was busy but staff were attentive and on the ball. Dr. Rennick was gentle and adjusted my back well. I will be back for another appointment."
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"Knowledgeable, friendly and intuitive staff. Allison is the best physio I've worked with and Dr Sean is a natural healer."
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Frequently Asked Questions
What Brands does Action Sports Clinic Carry?
We carry brands from the worlds top manufacturers including Donjoy, Össur, CTi, Bauerfeind, Thuasne and more.
Do I need an appointment?
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What are the office hours?
We are open Monday – Friday from 7:00 am until 5:00 pm.
What services do you offer?
We specialize in the practice of Sports Medicine and provide services related to Sports Therapy, Chiropractic Care, Physical Therapy, Massage, as well as off the shelf and custom Bracing & Orthotics. To learn more please visit our “Services” section of the website.
Do I need a referral from my physician?
No, a referral is not required to schedule an appointment.
Do you provide custom brace solutions?
Yes, Dr. Rennick is qualified by the world’s top orthoepedic brands to develop custom bracing solutions for many conditions.