Acupuncture is a Chinese alternative medical practice, wherein the practitioner sticks needles into the patients’ body. The needles are inserted into specific parts that correspond to the ailing body part to relieve pain or soothe the body. Acupuncture has been practiced for more than 3,000 years in China but is swiftly moving to other parts of the world, including Canada.
The Canadian view
Canada has learned to embrace acupuncture’s benefits. A strong evidence is the establishment of the Acupuncture Foundation of Canada Institute. The institute holds conferences and even conducts classes. Its students are varied, though mostly coming from the health care services. The acupuncture practice is regulated in Alberta, British Columbia and Quebec. The same can also be said about Toronto and Ontario.
Acupuncture jobs in Canada
If you are planning to work as an acupuncturist in Canada, you must present certificates of training and must prove that you have adequate practical experience. It would be good to have passed exams from well-known institutes such as the Acupuncture Foundation of Canada. Also prepare to work with physiotherapists and chiropractors. Most likely, you will be hired to work in sports or chiropractors’ clinics.
Acupuncturist rates in Canada
Acupuncturists are paid by the hour. If you are just starting, you’ll naturally receive lower rates. With at least five years of experience and a growing number of clients, expect to receive more.