Can TCM help me?
It is estimated that 25% of the world’s population makes use of TCM therapies. In fact, traditional Chinese medicine and modern Western medicine are the two dominant medical systems in the world today. Chinese medicine is a complete medical system, with methods and treatments that can address the full range of disease: acute and chronic, traumatic, infectious, and internally generated. Dr. Brad Matthews has specialized training and certification in pain management, and is well experienced in treating:
- Neck pain
- Shoulder pain / Frozen shoulder
- Upper back pain
- Lower back pain
- Menstrual pain
- Tennis / Golfer’s elbow
- Carpal tunnel syndrome
- Tendinitis / Tendinosis
- Tendon / Ligament strains and partial tears
- Joint pain
- Sciatica / Piriformis syndrome
- Hip pain
- Iliotibial band syndrome
- Knee pain / Injuries
- Hamstring injuries
- Achilles tendon injuries
- Shin splints
- Ankle sprains
- Plantar fasciitis
- Fatigue / Low energy
- Athletic enhancement
Is acupuncture painful?
An acupuncture needle is extremely thin, and their insertion is virtually painless. Some needling sites will produce very little sensation, and you may not even know the needles are in place. Other sites may produce a sensation of tingling, electricity, heat, cold, heaviness, or an achy sensation. There may also be a sensation of qi moving up or down the channels. The vast majority of people find acupuncture to be extremely relaxing, and many will even fall asleep during treatment.
Are acupuncture and traditional Chinese medicine safe?
In British Columbia, practitioners are governed the College of Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioners and Acupuncturists of British Columbia (www.ctcma.bc.ca ). This is the regulating body of TCM in the province, and it is your assurance of competent, quality practitioners. When practiced correctly, TCM will have virtually no side effects, and is extremely safe. Our clinic uses only individually packaged, sterile, disposable needles so there is virtually no chance of infection. For convenience, safety, and quality reasons, we use only herbal granules (not raw herbs) that have been screened for heavy metals, moulds, and other contaminants, and are of the highest available quality. The herbs are available in powdered form (sachets), capsules, and tablets. We do not use nor condone the use of endangered animal products of any kind.
Are treatments covered by MSP or my Extended Health Plan?
Currently, MSP will subsidize acupuncture for $23 per visit for those earning less than $28,000 per year to a maximum of 10 visits. Most Extended Health Plans also cover acupuncture treatments but the amounts vary greatly. If you have an Extended Health Plan, it’s advisable that you phone them and determine your coverage amounts. We do not bill the insurance company directly. Patients are expected to pay for services at the time they receive them and submit their receipts to the insurance company for reimbursement. Herbal medicines and injection therapies are generally not covered.
What forms of payment are accepted?
We accept cash, Debit, Visa and Mastercard as payment.
How many treatments will I need?
There are many factors that determine how long a person will require treatment. Generally speaking, newer or more recent problems will require fewer treatments, and chronic or older conditions will take more time. Acute injuries or conditions of acute pain will be treated with greater frequency (2-3 times per week), and chronic conditions are treated less frequently.
Do I have to keep coming back for treatment?
The short answer is “no”, you can discontinue care at any time. However, it is recommended that you return for periodic treatments, much the same as you see your dentist. This allows your practitioner to help you maintain a desired state of health. This notion of preventative medical care is one that we at the North Van Pain Clinic consider extremely important, and we try to educate all of our patients as on the importance of regular care.
What Sets the North Van Pain Clinic Apart From Other Chinese Medicine Clinics?
- Dr. Brad Matthews focusses his practice almost entirely on the treatment of acute and chronic pain, sports injuries, and athletic enhancement. He has post-graduate training and certification by the Blatman International Myofascial Academy in pain management using acupuncture injection therapies, trigger point therapies, and prolotherapy
- North Van Pain Clinic is completely devoted to top quality patient care.
- We take our time with you: 1.5 hours in the first visit and 60 minute follow-ups.
- We educate you about what’s wrong, why and how it can be healed, and we empower you with tools to take charge of your health.
- All of our herbs are GMP certified, safe and effective.
- Your treatment is personally tailored to your needs, and reflects your unique individual situation.
Isn’t Chinese medicine just a system of folk healing?
Chinese medicine has been developed by some of the sharpest minds in Chinese history, and there are more than 40,000 books and pieces of literature on Chinese medicine. Studies are routinely conducted in Mainland China, and new developments in the field of Chinese medicine are common.
How much education and training does a practitioner have?
Educational requirements vary according to the professional designation of the practitioner. For example, the Dr.TCM requires five years of school at a TCM college, and two years of undergrad studies for a total of seven years.
All the information regarding licensing of practitioners is available on the College website at www.ctcma.bc.ca