Acupuncture for Treating Insomnia

Acupuncture, an age-old complementary therapy practice, involves skin penetration with metallic needles at specific points in your body. Research has shown that acupuncture is beneficial for lessening anxiety and promoting relaxation in the body. But do you know that acupuncture has sleep-inducing properties as well?

Well, everyone has insomnia from time to time! When we try to get some sleep, we end up tossing and turning for several hours. Science demonstrates that between 33% and 50% of adults in the US may experience symptoms of sleep deprivation.

We become more irritated, feel exhausted, have memory issues, and suffer in work, school, or in relationships as a result of the symptoms of sleep deprivation and insomnia. Acupuncture can help if you’re having trouble sleeping.

How does Acupuncture Help Improve Sleep Quality?

The hormone melatonin, which regulates our sleep and waking cycles, is produced by our bodies with the use of acupuncture treatment. This alone enhances sleep quality.

The sympathetic nervous system, which triggers our body’s fight-or-flight instincts, is also controlled by acupuncture. Controlling this encourages relaxation and enhances the quality of sleep.

Acupuncture therapy also emphasizes maintaining our general health and controlling our bodies’ physiological functions. By bringing our serotonin levels back into balance, acupuncture can help in promoting sleep. The therapy aids in mood stabilization, anxiety or stress reduction, and the development of sound sleep habits.

The Science behind Acupuncture

Better sleep quality results in better overall health. As per science, sleep is a vital bodily process that supports brain function, permits cellular repair, and is associated with positive mental health.

Acupuncture is viewed from a biological perspective as a neuromodulator, implying that it reduces the brain’s perception of sensory information, including pain.

How many Sessions of Acupuncture are Needed for Managing Insomnia?

The majority of patients begin to notice a difference in their sleep as soon as their first acupuncture session. However, long-term sleep benefits start to materialize after three to four sessions.

How frequently treatment is required can be determined by the severity of sleep problems. Depending on your specific sleep goals, appointments may be scheduled weekly, biweekly, or even once per month.

Patients who receive acupuncture report feeling more focused, creative, and less stressed because of the deep sense of calmness it induces in the body. In order to determine the number of treatment sessions that is best for you and your body, it is recommended that you work with an acupuncturist of Millwoods Physical Therapy Centre.

Are there Any Related Treatments for Insomnia?

The following are some of the alternative methods to apply pressure to acupuncture points and improve sleep quality.

  • Ear Seeds: These are small metallic ‘seeds’ that stick to the ear and stimulate specific points on the body.
  • Acupressure: It involves applying pressure to the acupuncture points along the meridian pathways.
  • Cupping Therapy: Suction is created by placing cups on the skin.
  • Reflexology: This is a kind of massage that requires application of varied amounts of pressure to the hands, feet, and ears.
Jones Onigbinde
Physical Therapist/Doctor of Physical Therapy

Jones graduated from Obafemi Awolowo University Ile-Ife in Nigeria with a Bachelor of Medical Rehabilitation in Physiotherapy, he completed his post professional Doctor of Physical Therapy from the University of Montana, United States. He has been practicing physiotherapy since graduation in 1998 in a diverse clinical settings. His years of experience include working in acute care, post-surgical wards, and intensive care units. Before moving to Canada in 2005, Jones worked in Nigeria and the Republic of Seychelles. Jones currently holds practicing licenses with the College of Physical Therapists of Alberta and the Health and Care Professions Council of the United Kingdom. Jones’ subspecialty areas of certifications include Manual Therapy, TMJ/TMD management, Kinesiotaping, and Vestibular Rehabilitation. He also has certification in Lifestyle medicine, allowing him to provide evidence based lifestyle intervention in the management of chronic health issues such as diabetes, hypertension, and health focus weight loss. Jones is a current member of the Canadian Physiotherapy Association, Digital Health Canada, and Kinesiotaping International. During his leisure time, Jones loves spending time with his family, playing soccer with his daughter and two boys, and exploring the beautiful Rocky Mountains situated in the beautiful province of Alberta.

Elsi Morales Gutierrez, RMT
Registered Massage Therapist

Elsi graduated with an advanced clinical Massage Therapy Diploma from Makami College. She is a Registered Massage Therapist with 3000 hours. Over time, Elsi has developed her unique massage therapy skills that has helped many patients and clients in pain amelioration and functional restoration following an injury or accident. Elsi is an outgoing person and deeply passionate about helping people achieve their health and wellness goals. She performs deep tissue massage, cupping, and hot stone massage as parts of her therapy sessions. She is a member in good standing with the Certified Registered Massage Therapist Association. Elsi enjoys spending time with her family during her leisure time.

Joel Rodriguez RTA, OTA
Rehabilitation Therapist Assistant Community Outreach Coordinator (COC)

Joel graduated from the CDI college with a Diploma in Rehabilitation Therapy Assistance program. Since his graduation, he has worked in private rehabilitation clinics with diverse patients and clients. His particular interest in the rehabilitation exercise program has allowed him to significantly impact his patients’ recovery. Joel is hardworking and relatable. His Spanish roots have allowed him to help coordinate healthcare needs within the Spanish community in Calgary. His RTA program met the accreditation standards set by Physiotherapy Education Accreditation Canada. He lives in Calgary with his young family.

Tanya Espinosa
Clinic Administrator

Tanya graduated with honors from the CompuCollege School of Business in Burnaby, BC with a Medical Office Assistant Diploma. Her experience includes working within the University of British Columbia’s Department of Medicine in diverse specialized clinical and academic administrative settings. While at UBC she worked as an individual secretary or part of a team of office administrators. Prior to her career at UBC, Tanya worked in a variety of multi-disciplinary physical rehabilitative offices ranging from physiotherapy and massage, to chiropractic and sports medicine.