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Acupuncture In Physiotherapy

Acupuncture In Physiotherapy
Acupuncture is the practice of inserting thin needles into specific points in the body called acupuncture points.

Acupuncture produces changes in nerves, muscles, connective tissue (fascia), hormones and circulation. By stimulating specific points, acupuncture releases the body’s own painkillers, decreases inflammation, enhances healing, and restores function. In physiotherapy it is used to treat both acute and chronic pain and various musculoskeletal conditions.

  Common Treatment Areas:

  • Headaches
  • Neck and back pain
  • Soft tissue injuries
  • Sciatica and osteoarthritis
  • Knee pain and tendinitis injuries
  • Muscular strains and ligament sprains
  • Painful muscle conditions and injuries (e.g., shoulder pain and ankle sprains, tennis elbow)
  • Hip and knee osteoarthritis
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Chronic low back pain and pelvic pain

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How does Acupuncture In Physiotherapy work?

Acupuncture produces changes in nerves, muscles, connective tissue (fascia), hormones and circulation. By stimulating specific points, acupuncture releases the body’s own painkillers: endorphin and serotonin.

Your body will start to release endorphins, foster natural healing abilities, reduce inflammation and promote physical and emotional well-being.

Benefits of Acupuncture In Physiotherapy

    Reduces pain, inflammation and increases blood flow to the affected areas.
    Helps release the bodies natural pain killers called endorphins.
    Assists your body to recover faster.


We are an approved physiotherapy provider in the WorkSafeBC Physiotherapy Network (WCB). Learn more here.

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What Patients are Saying

  • The staff at this location is very professional and friendly. I have been a patient with Deepika for well over 1 Year .I am very happy with her knowledge and expertise she demontrates in her field. The atmosphere is relaxed and comfortable, and my medical concerns have been well taken care of. Another bonus is the convenient location, where the service is being offered. I certainly recommend Deepika as a physiotherapist.

    Christina S. – Google review

  • I highly recommend South Vancouver Physio clinic! The staff are extremely welcoming and friendly. Deepika S has been treating my knee injury and after the first few sessions with her I could already see an improvement. She really takes her time and listens to you to understand where the problem areas are. She is great and I highly recommend seeing her.

    M O – Google review

  • I recently injured myself while doing the Grouse Grind. So, I decided to visit a physiotherapist to help with my recovery. I was very happy with the service and guidance that Jonathan provided. I highly recommend Jonathan and the team and South Vancouver Physiotherapy.

    Daniel M. – Google review

  • I strongly recommend this clinic. They primarily consider health, not money. Thanks for the good service, especially to my physiotherapist Deepika Shantaram Sawant!

    Ferhat Ç. – Google review

  • When I first attended South Vancouver Physiotherapy Clinic in 2016 I could barely lift my hand. Thanks to Deepika that has changed. The minute you walk in for your treatment there is a sense of warmth and genuine caring. Deepika is very kind and friendly and always takes her time. After every session, I feel the tremendous benefit of her treatment with the heavy feeling in my hand disappearing. She gives fantastic professional advice and Physio sessions.I highly recommend Deepika to many and will not hesitate to continue to do so. Thanks to Deepika for her incredible knowledge and dedication to her patients.

    Chandani M. – Google review

  • I am really glad to find this place, and Deepka as therapist, she has been really helpful and understanding my pain. My specialist has given up treating my foot pain but Deepka has fixed them. The staff are also helpful and friendly. This is conveniently located and open long hours so anyone needs to work seriously, this is the place to go.

    Michiyo S. – Google review

  • Thank you wonderful team at South Van Physio. Thank you Pratik Vyas for excellent treatment plan. Highly recommended for physio needs.

    Ps J. – Google review

  • Jonathan has been treating my tricky lower back and neck issues for seven years now and I won’t see anyone else! He takes the time to understand what is bothering me, and responds with an appropriate treatment plan – I always leave feeling better than when I arrived.

    J.A. – Google review

  • The staff were really friendly and my physiotherapist helped me recover with a work related injury. She’s very caring and kind, and I loved her taping. I highly recommend the services that South Van Physio has to offer.

    Patrick A. – Google review

  • Deepika Sawant’s service is exceptional! I come here for ICBC injury and I feel much improved after visiting her regularly since the last car accident. Everyone here is so friendly and very helpful! I also love the relaxing atmosphere as well. Can’t stop raving about Deepika and this clinic to all of my families and friends!

    Miri L. – Google review

  • I really love the service. Thanks to my physiotherapist Deepika she helped me a lot to recover from my accident and later my knee. I love her tapping and care she shows towards her patients. She is awesome. Thanks again!!!

    Steph J. – Google review

  • Quick note to say thank you. Finally, I feel some relief!! Feel so much better than I did when I walked in there today. Much appreciate the treatment.

    Parveen – Google review

  • Deepika Sawant is simply Amazing! Her combination of methods is brilliant and my condition is improved so much after 4 sessions. Deepika is very professional, knowledgable and approachable! It is so relaxing and fun to work with her! Definitely highly recommended! I will for sure continue my treatment with Deepika.

    Emily C. – Google review

  • Deepika Sawant helped me with my rotator cuff – especially her exercise program that consistently helped to relieve the pain and give me more mobility. Deepika’s smile, positive approach and kindness made every appointment very pleasant. All the staff at reception was very polite and gracious.

    Elena U. – Google review

+ Common Questions About Acupuncture In Physiotherapy +

Can any physiotherapist perform acupuncture?
No. In B.C., Physiotherapists need special courses and credentials in order to practise acupuncture.

At South Vancouver Physiotherapy Clinic, acupuncture is only administered by practitioners that are members of Acupuncture Canada (https://www.acupuncturecanada.org/) and are certified to treat their patients using acupuncture.

Does acupuncture hurt?
Everyone experiences pain and discomfort differently; however, most people will feel little to no discomfort during their acupuncture treatment. In fact, some people report feeling intense relaxation or an increase in energy.

Is acupuncture safe?
An acupuncture treatment by a practising, licensed and trained acupuncture therapist is extremely safe. Your physiotherapist will practise the clean needling technique, which includes the use of new sterile needles, appropriate disposal, proper skin preparation and overall general hygiene.
Does acupuncture work?
Acupuncture can be used to treat people of all ages and is an effective treatment for pain. It stimulates the release of endorphins, which are the body’s natural pain-relieving neurohormones. Acupuncture affects the functioning of the hormonal system, promotes a decrease in inflammation, increased circulation and relief from pain.
Will my insurance plan cover acupuncture?
Acupuncture performed by your therapist during a treatment session is considered physiotherapy treatment.

Contact your insurance company directly to find out details about your plans’ physiotherapy coverage. Acupuncture may also be covered if you sustained a workplace injury or were injured in a motor vehicle accident.