Written by Mariano Torres RAc.

What is acupuncture?

Based on the principles of oriental medicine, acupuncture works by stimulating and promoting the body’s inherent healing abilities. Acupuncture is effective in treating many common ailments.

Modern science is beginning to verify what acupuncturists have known for thousand of years, that acupuncture regulates the nervous system, the hormonal (endocrine) system as well as boosting the immune system and bringing them back into balance.  Increasingly, acupuncture is recognized as a complementary therapy to augment Western medical practices.

Hair thin needles are used on different parts of the body to reestablish the flow of energy, relieve emotional and physical stagnation, and stimulate the immune and endocrine systems. You can also combine acupuncture with massage to increase effectiveness and relaxation.


Does acupuncture hurt?

No, acupuncture rarely hurts. You might feel a momentary prick when the needle goes in, which soon turns into a dull pressure or tingling around the area during the treatment. Most people are amazed by how relaxed they feel during and after the treatment. This can only occur if the treatment is comfortable and gentle.


Is acupuncture safe?

As long as it is performed by a competent practitioner, acupuncture is extremely safe. Acupuncturists are required to use disposable needles that are discarded after one use.


What conditions are treated with acupuncture?

The World Health Organization lists more than 40 conditions for which acupuncture is appropriate therapy:

  • Digestive Conditions: abdominal pain, constipation, diarrhea, hyperacidity and indigestion
  • Emotional Conditions: anxiety, depression, insomnia, nervousness and neurosis
  • Eye-Ear-Nose-Throat Conditions: cataracts, gingivitis, poor vision, tinnitus and toothache
  • Gynecological Conditions: infertility, menopausal symptoms and premenstrual syndrome
  • Musculoskeletal Conditions: arthritis, back pain, muscle cramping, muscle pain/weakness, neck pain, sciatica
  • Neurological Conditions: headaches, neurogenic bladder dysfunction, Parkinsonís disease, postoperative pain and stroke
  • Respiratory Conditions: asthma, bronchitis, common cold, sinusitis, smoking cessation and tonsilitis
  • Miscellaneous Conditions: addiction control, athletic performance, blood pressure regulation, chronic fatigue, immune system tonification and stress reduction


Does insurance cover acupuncture?

There are many plans that cover acupuncture and you can get it added if not.


How many treatments will I need?

This is unique to the individual. For most chronic conditions, 5-7 once-weekly treatments tend to offer the best outcome. Some people notice an immediate improvement in their health, while for others acupuncture tends to have a cumulative effect over several visits.


  • First assessment and treatment (90 min) $165
  • Following treatments (60 min) $115


If you are ready to make an appointment for acupuncture please follow these simple steps:

  1. call (780) 432-4803 to talk to someone or book online
  2. your first appointment should be 90 min long so we can do an assessment and discuss your goals
  3. please try to come to your appointment with an empty stomach or at least one hour after eating


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“Recently I visited Integrated Therapies and had an amazing acupuncture treatment with Peter. He was able to find just the right points to relax and ground me after an extremely stressful week. The Integrated clinic is warm and welcoming, comfy and homey. I highly recommend this clinic and acupuncture with Peter.”

Sam B.

“I had a great experience at Integrated Therapies. Mariano was very professional and impressed me with his knowledge of the body and all of it’s integrated parts. The principles and applications of acupuncture fascinate me! Acupuncture looks at the body and treats the body from a holistic view point. After the treatment I felt pretty drained of energy for about a day, but my body responded really well after that. I will definitely be back!”

Kerry S.

“I went in with a very sore shoulder and came out in much better shape.
This is a great place in a good location and they offer great services in a very relaxed professional environment..
I recommend Integrated Therapies and i will be back. Thank you.”

Sir E.

“Mr. Torres is an individual with the power to enhance, or change your life. His knowledge and skill with the mind and body of a patient provide relief from discomfort, peace of mind, and nurturing for the soul. In my times of pain he has been a provider of wonderful relief, spirit, and positive energy. 

He is well versed and skilled in traditional western therapies, as well as traditional healing techniques – and whether you are a believer in alternative medicine and therapy or not, Mariano is a practitioner of great warmth. He is truly one of the healers that has made a direct and lasting impact on my quality of life. I cannot recommend him highly enough – as a practitioner, or as a person.”

Greg Scrachley

“I have had various treatments recently at Integrated Therapies and would highly recommend the therapists that I have had treatment with :-
Mariano Torres treated me for pain in my lower back that was becoming so intense, – any kind of movement was difficult. He has a warm, kind manner that with his sensitivity and knowledge of Acupuncture – holds a safe and caring space in which I could trust and totally relax. My back pain was greatly helped in the first appointment, and a day later, with rest the nerve pain had completely gone. Mariano is a master in his field.”  

Kim R.

“When I came to integrated therapies, I had been experiencing pain in the left side of my lower back for over two years. I had seen and follow treatment with a physiotherapist and a chiropractor, but they were not able to really diagnose what was causing the inflammation. They were treating my symptoms and as soon as I would stop going, the pain would come back. When I started seeing Mariano, he found the root cause of my pain the very first day and worked from here. After a couple of sessions my pain started changing and then slowly releasing. He did not only ease up the pain, but taught me to create more awareness with my back. I am happy to say that I finish my treatment with him almost two months ago and I am pain free. Not only that, I can keep up with all my physical activities and not worry about how I am going to wake up the next day. He is really magical with those needles. I experienced him as very knowledgeable, kind and professional. I highly recommend him to anyone.”  Gabriela Touma

“True healing experience with a true doctor! I had so much trouble with my back pain. I have gone to a drop-in clinic doctor for three months, a chiropractor, a physiotherapist (expensive and very well-known) and a masseuse. Nothing made changes. The back pain has only got aggravated over time. And I met Mariano and I finally feel that he really cares for me and is willing to work this out. I have no doubt that with his treatment I will get better and get back to my normal active life. He focuses not only on the regional pain you have, but also on the general wellness and balance of your body. If you are seeking for a more mindful, integrated approach to treating your pain, this is the right place.“

Karen Kang