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Acupuncture in South Calgary

Acupuncture needles in shoulderAs an excellent adjunct to chiropractic care, acupuncture is offered when we see health conditions that appear to be caused by a disturbance to energy pathways in your body. These are called meridians. As a centuries-old healing modality, acupuncture focuses on the integrity of bodily systems, not specific conditions.

Meet Dr. Amy Nykoluk

Growing up in a small town in southern Manitoba is where Amy’s love and knowledge of nature, music, art, culture, and people began to develop. While studying science at the University of Manitoba, Amy spent her free time playing piano and guitar, taking dance lessons, and painting. She spent her summers off backpacking around many different countries, deepening her love for travel and her desire to connect with people.

While exploring China, Amy was introduced to Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), and quickly became intrigued by the mystery, theory, history, and widespread popularity of the holistic preventative medicine. It was after seeing acupuncture restore the quality of life of a close family member following a terrible motor vehicle accident that Amy decided to move to Calgary and begin learning the collection of ancient healing modalities.


After her four years of learning and perfecting the art of acupuncture, herbal medicine, Tui Na massage, auricular, cupping, and diet therapy, Amy travelled back to China to complete a practicum at the Mianyang City Hospital of Traditional Chinese Medicine in Mianyang, China.
Working in Calgary as a government registered Doctor of Traditional Chinese Medicine, and a licensed professional acupuncturist has allowed Amy to develop a strong knowledge in diagnosing and treating many digestive, dermatological, and musculoskeletal issues, and a high success rate with stubborn disease and pain issues.

Amy is confident that adding Traditional Chinese Medicine to your health care regime is a great way to achieve and maintain peak health, and is thrilled to be joining the fantastic team at Dr. Dale Byrne’s office to help people do so. Amy will be available at the clinic to share information on the many benefits of TCM, so please say hello when you see her!

What About the Needles?

We understand that many people are concerned about the type of needles that we use. If you’re thinking that acupuncture uses giant hypodermic needles or sewing needles, that’s not the case. The needles used in acupuncture are quite tiny. 

When we insert these ultra-fine, sterile needles at specific energy points on your body, most people report a small pricking sensation, similar to a mosquito bite. 

How Does It Work?

No one knows for sure exactly how acupuncture works. We know it does. Maybe the best way to think about acupuncture is to envision rivers of energy flowing through your body, organized by meridians.

These meridians can experience a “logjam” and energy flow is impeded. The needles help release the logjam and allow energy to circulate as it should.

Acupuncture visits can take up to 15-20 minutes.

Most people experience a variety of post-session feelings, which range from being energized to having a profound sense of relaxation and well-being.

How Acupuncture Complements Chiropractic

Did you know that acupuncture and chiropractic work hand in hand? For example, if you receive both acupuncture treatment and chiropractic care, the two together can expedite the recovery time.

Conditions That Acupuncture Can Address

Acupuncture can address a considerable array of conditions. These include 

  • Allergies
  • Frozen shoulder
  • Headaches
  • Knee pain
  • Neck pain
  • Tennis elbow
  • Tinnitus


Is acupuncture safe?

When performed correctly by a highly trained professional like Amy, acupuncture is considered to be a safe modality.

How many sessions will I need and how often?

This is a question we get asked frequently and one that is difficult to answer. That’s because each person has a unique body makeup that makes their treatment needs differ from another person’s. That’s the case even if their problems are the same. Amy often needs to see the patient’s responses to the first one or two sessions before creating a treatment plan.

Is acupuncture safe for long-term pain management?

We consider acupuncture to be a safe and effective way to manage chronic pain. For some patients, acupuncture provides a way to eliminate the need for surgery or pain medications. As every patient experiences pain differently, our acupuncture programs are completely customized to meet your unique health needs. 

Some of our patients see that their health condition or pain resolves itself after a few sessions. Other patients benefit from ongoing care. Consistency is critical, not the intensity of treatment. It’s important to note that there is no “quick fix” or overnight miracle cure for pain. Our objective is to decrease your pain, stabilize your condition, and maintain your health progress.

What should I expect to feel after my treatment?

Here are some of the benefits our patients have reported:

  • Less physical pain
  • Better sleep
  • Being sick less often
  • Increased vitality and stamina

When will I start to see results?

You likely will notice improvements in how you feel within 4-6 treatments, depending on how complex or severe your issues are. Many patients experience an improvement after the first session.

Book a Session Today

Discover for yourself the remarkable benefits of acupuncture. Contact our South Calgary practice today to schedule an appointment!


Acupuncture South Calgary, Calgary AB | (403) 287-5866