What is Acupuncture?

Acupuncture

Acupuncture is a form of traditional Chinese medicine which focuses on the flow of energy throughout the body. When the flow is disrupted it can lead to pain, illness, or lack or normal function; your acupuncturist will focus on various acupoints in your body to relieve tension and to help release your body’s natural pain killers by targeting some of the body’s main systems, including the nervous, endocrine, immune, cardiovascular, and digestive systems.

Your acupuncturist will start your appointment by examining your tongue, checking your pulse, and asking you some questions about your medical history; once they have determined the best treatment plan for you, they will start with your acupuncture treatment. Your practitioner will insert needles as slim as human hair into your acupoints. After insertion, the acupuncturist might manipulate the needles by hand or by adding an electrical stimulant.

Although some people might shy away from this treatment due to a fear of needles, most patients report little to no discomfort and leave the treatment with a sense of relief.

The most common reason for visiting an acupuncturist is to manage neck, back, joint, or head pain, including the treatment of migraines. Additionally, acupuncture can help with nausea, allergies, menopause symptoms, and infertility.

Depending on the severity of your condition, your acupuncturist might recommend coming back for a series of weekly treatments, or he/she might suggest continuing acupuncture as a form of maintenance.

Regardless of physical condition, acupuncture is generally suitable for most people. It can help to treat the root cause of your malady and can reduce your dependence on medication and/or prevent you from needing medical procedures.

Some people might experience minor discomfort after treatment, including stiffness and/or soreness, but these symptoms are not generally a cause for concern.

Clinical studies have also shown acupuncture to help treat the following:


  • Depression,
  • Knee pain
  • Dental pain
  • Sciatica
  • Cardiac neurosis
  • Ear pain
  • Female reproductive pain
  • Insomnia
  • Hypertension

Acupuncture is generally covered under your group insurance plan. Please talk to your plan administrator or review your employee booklet form more information.

 

Read More: Advantages of AcupunctureClinical Care

How Can Dieticians Help Us?

It's hard to keep up with the latest food trends, the latest fad diets, and the latest health crazes, but what if we actually visited someone who could help us to better understand what we should be eating in a day?

We did some research to learn more about Dieticians and what they can really offer us. 

Dietician

First and foremost, dieticians are registered nutrition experts who are trained to help us with our overall health and wellness. They are able to coach us through our daily diets and learn about lifestyle changes we can make to improve our eating habits; they help us to set goals and to follow through on them. Dieticians can help us to steer clear of the fad diets and to understand practical solutions to unhealthy eating habits, resulting in long term results and and overall improvement to our physical health. 

I think we all know how difficult it can be to understand the labels we find on our food; how is one ever supposed to fully understand a list of ingredients we can't even pronounce?! Luckily, registered dieticians can help us to read labels and fully understand what we should be getting from our foods. When we understand the labels we are given, it is much easier to stay on track and feed our bodies with proper nutrients. 

It's also important to realize that changing our diets doesn't necessarily mean we have to miss out on our favourite foods. Dieticians can help us to adapt our favourite recipes to better suit our diets, therefore keeping us healthy and happy! 

Registered Dieticians don't only work with clients one on one, they also work with families, communities, and professionals to develop healthy eating habits and to set reasonable health goals. They help patience who are in long term care, and they help hospitals, and nursing homes to maintain healthy menus for their residents. Further to that, Dieticians can work with corporations to develop a corporate wellness plan for you and your employees. 

As an added bonus, Registered Dieticians are covered under your Chambers of Commerce Group Insurance Plan! If you'd like to learn more about your coverage, contact us today. if you'd like to learn more about Dietitians, click here.

Online Banking in 3 Easy Steps

Setting up the Chambers Plan as a payee through your online banking allows quick and efficient payment of your monthly premiums. 

It can be done in 3 simple steps:

  1. You will need to be registered with online banking 
  2. Set up the Chambers of Commerce Group Insurance Plan as a payee 
    1. Search for the Chambers of Commerce 
    2. Select "Chambers of Commerce Gr.Insurance 
  3. Enter your account number 
    1. Ch + Five Digit Firm Number 
      1. Example: Ch12345

Pre-Authorized Payments:

If you prefer the payments to be withdrawn from your bank account automatically, you can set up a pre-authorized payment plan. Pre-authorized payments will you time, postage, and the stress of payment deadlines. 

If you are a client who is interested in setting up Pre-authorized payments, please complete the form below and return it to our office. 

 

 

Leave of Absence from the Work Place

Employers must talk to their company lawyer/human resources department to create a precedent on how to treat all employees during leave of absence situations. 


There are three ways to proceed when an employee needs a leave of absence: 

  1. Terminate the employee from the group plan 
  2. Keep the employee on the plan and continue to pay your portion of the premium 
  3. Keep the employee on the plan and them the employee pay for the whole premium 

We are not legally allowed to recommend any of these methods, therefore you should consult Labor Standards or a human resources expert. 

All companies who are insured with the Chambers of Commerce group Plan receive Business Assistance Service. This gives each employer 6 hours per year towards human resource advice, legal advice, and tax advice from a team of professionals at no extra cost. 

To access the Business Assistance Program, please call 1-877-922-8646


Continuation of Benefits 

Maternity Leave: 

  1. To continue benefits while on maternity leave, premiums must be paid continuously throughout the employee's time away
    1. There would be no interruption on health and dental coverage, however the disability benefits (WI, LTD, CI) would not be effective during maternity leave 
    2. Please notify us within 50 days of the child's birth in order for the child to be added to the plan without penalty
  2. If the employee chooses to opt out of the benefits, we will reinstate the employee for the first day of the month following her return to full-time work. We need to be advised of this within 60 days of returning, and the employee must return after 12 months.

Leave of Absence or Lay-Off:

  1. Benefits under the Chambers Plan typically terminate when an employee stops working. Should firms grant a leave of absence or temporary lay-off, the employer can continue to offer the benefits held by the individual on a premium paying basis (with the exception of disability benefits, WI, LTD, CI) 
  2. For insurance to continue we must be notified before the leave begins, provided with  scheduled date of return, and premiums must continue to be paid
    1. This continuation of insurance cannot exceed 6 months if the employee is on a leave of absence or lay-off 
  3. If coverage is not continued during the lay-off or leave, coverage can be reinstated without evidence of insurability, provided the employee returns within 6 months of the termination date 
    1. Please note that you must notify our office within 31 days of the employee's return.