Registered Acupuncturist


Laura Allison Iler Kaufer, BSc.(Hons) MSc. Nutrition, R.AC.
Laura is a Registered Acupuncturist with the College of Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioners and Acupuncturists of Ontario (CTCMPAO). Her treatment style is based on Chinese Medicine and combines acupuncture, cupping, moxibustion, tuina (Chinese medicinal massage), guasha (myofascial release) and cranial sacral to relieve pain, promote healing and regulate the body.

 

In the past few years Laura has treated conditions relating to pain management, sport rehabilitation, fertility and supporting pregnancy at 3 downtown Toronto clinics. In 2016, her training took her to Nanjing University of Chinese Medicine (China) where she completed an in-depth internship on treating neurological and pain conditions, including neck and back pain, Bell's Palsy and stroke recovery.

 

Laura is an avid competitive dragonboat paddler, an outrigger canoeist and passionate about nutrition. She believes in a balanced active lifestyle and a positive relationship with food.

 

Areas of focus:
  • Anxiety and stress
  • Bell's Palsy
  • Acute and chronic pain (neck, back, shoulder, knees, hip etc.)
  • Digestion
  • Fatigue
  • Headache
  • Pediatric conditions (digestive, respiratory, etc.)
  • Fertility and pregnancy
  • Sleep

 

For more information about Laura's background and services, check out her website at https://www.laurakhealth.com/.

 

Description of Chinese Medicine Modalities


Chinese Medicine includes acupuncture, cupping, guasha, tuina, moxibustion and dietary therapy that are used in combination to restore balance to the body and reduce discomfort and pain. As some of these modalities may not be familiar to all, they are described below.

 

Acupuncture
Acupuncture involves inserting very thin, sterile needles at specific points along the body. The location and use of these acupuncture points are based on Traditional Chinese Medicine, developed over the last two thousands years. Now, with extensive research and study, modern medicine is identifying that these points target specific nerves and muscles to affect local and systemic change.

 

Does it hurt? The needles used are much thinner than those used to by phlebotomists to take blood. During an acupuncture treatment, you may feel a dull ache, pressure, warmth and throbbing around the acupuncture points. If there is pain or discomfort, let the practitioner know and they will adjust the treatment. Pain is not a desired nor acceptable outcome.

 

Cupping
Cupping made a news splash when Michael Phelps and other 2016 Olympic athletes brandished cupping marks and demonstrated their reliance on this method of deep tissue massage and myofascial release.

 

Cupping involves a glass or silicon cup being applied to the skin with suction. This produces a slight upward and outward movement of muscles and fascia. It also increases blood supply to these areas, producing the red marks where the cups have been placed. These marks commonly last between 1-3 days.

 

Cupping is a useful modality to treat acute and chronic pain, such as headaches, frozen shoulder and stiff neck.

 

Guasha
Guasha is a type of soft tissue therapy. It involves scraping of the skin with a device intended to increase blood flow and decrease myalgia (muscle pain) for 1-2 days following treatment. Guasha also has been shown to have immune boosting and anti-inflammatory effects. Some blotching (petechiae) of the skin occurs, but dissipates over several days. Guasha can be used to treat headaches, back pain and respiratory illness, among other conditions.

 

Tuina
Tuina is the Chinese medicine version of therapeutic massage, similar to Shiatsu. It involves the use of pressure at various acupuncture points and stretching along meridian channels and fascial connections. These techniques can help alleviate pain, increase circulation of blood and lymph, and restore health.

 

Moxibustion Moxibustion is the burning of a Chinese medicinal herb (mugwort) externally over specific acupuncture points to produce therapeutic effects that include warming the body, improving blood flow and relieving pain and discomfort.

 

Dietary Therapy
The food we eat constitutes the building blocks our body uses to sustain, restore and heal. Chinese Medicine concepts of diet are based on a personís constitution and the environment. If someone is constantly cold, warming foods are recommended. During the cooler drier months of autumn and winter, eating more hearty and moistening foods is encouraged. The overall goal is to provide the body the types of foods and liquids the body can readily use to provide sufficient energy, optimal function and strong structure that allows us to live to our fullest potential.

 

Laura's Hours

Tuesday 9:00am - 3:30pm
Saturday 9:00am - 3:00pm
  (Nov 11; Dec 2, 16, 30)

 

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