Primary Health Services

  • P (519) 843-3961
  • F (226) 383-3962
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  • Our Fergus office:
  • 855 St. David St. North Unit #4
  • Fergus, ON N1M 2W3
  • * just north of Walmart
  • Monday8:30 am-4:30 pm
    Tuesday9:00 am-8:00 pm
    Wednesday8:30 am-4:30 pm
    Thursday9:00 am-8:00 pm
    Friday8:30 am-12:30 pm
    Saturday10:00 am-1:00 pm By Appointment

  • Our Arthur office:
  • 110 Charles Street (2nd floor)
  • Arthur, ON
  • * above the library
  • Monday10:00 am-7:00 pm
    Wednesday10:00 am-7:00 pm
    Friday8:30 am-12:30 pm
    Saturday10:00 am-1:00 pm by Appointment

  • Both locations have free parking and
  • are wheelchair accessible.
  • Map to our clinics


The following information is to help you understand the acupuncture procedure. Please read this information and discuss with your practitioner if you have any questions or concerns.

What is acupuncture?

Acupuncture is a therapeutic method used to encourage natural healing, reduce or relieve pain and improve function of affected areas of the body. It involves the insertion of very fine needles through the skin and tissue at specific parts of the body.

How does it work?

Acupuncture stimulates the body to produce its own pain relieving chemicals called Endorphins. Endorphins help to block the pathways that relay pain messages from the body to the brain resulting in pain relief. It improves energy and biochemical balance thereby stimulating the body’s natural healing abilities, decreasing inflammation and promoting physical and emotional well-being.

Are there any side effects?

Acupuncture is a very safe modality, however the following are possible side effects that you may experience:

  • minor bleeding or bruising.
  • temporary aggravation of symptoms (in less than 3% of patients).
  • fainting (can occur in certain patients, particularly on the first treatment).
  • we only use sterile, disposable needles in our clinic to minimize any risk of infection.


Does it hurt?

People experience different sensations with acupuncture. Most feel only minimal discomfort when the needle is inserted. Once the needles are in place there should be no significant discomfort. Some people report an “achy” sensation along the meridian (pathways of energy in the body) being stimulated but it does not usually linger.

Is there anything your practitioner needs to know?

Your practitioner needs to know:

  • if you are pregnant or there is a possibility that you may be pregnant.
  • if you have a pacemaker or any other electrical implant.
  • if you have a bleeding disorder.
  • if you are taking anti-coagulants (blood thinners).
  • if you have any risk of infection.

What to do before an acupuncture treatment:

  • Have a light meal.
  • Take no alcohol, barbiturate or tranquillizer for four hours before treatment. Take pain medication as necessary. Do not smoke tobacco for one hour before a treatment.
  • Continue any other medication as prescribed by your doctor.
  • Be well rested, if possible.

What to do after an acupuncture treatment:

  • Rest for two hours after you get home, if possible.
  • If treatment is for a painful condition, avoid strenuous activity for two days after treatment, even if you are pain-free.
  • Take pain pills or other medication as directed by your doctor; keep a record of amount taken. Do not take any alcohol or caffeine for two hours after treatment. Do not smoke tobacco for one hour after a treatment.
  • Some people obtain relief immediately, some notice improvement after a few hours, some after a few days. Some require several treatments before responding. Some do not respond.
  • Occasionally symptoms become worse before they improve. This usually only lasts 1-2 days.
  • The number of treatments required varies with each person and condition.