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Back to Back Acupuncturists and Doctor Of Traditional Chinese Medicine

Dr. Stefan Rabnett, Dr. TCM, Registered Acupuncturist

Gwen Cole, Registered Acupuncturist & Registered Massage Therapist

Acupuncture is one of the oldest,  most commonly used medical procedures in the world.  Traditional Chinese Medicine theorizes that the more than 2000 acupuncture points on the human body connect with 12 main and 8 secondary pathways called meridians.

Traditional Chinese Medicine practitioners believe these acupuncture meridians conduct energy, or Qi (pronounced "chee") between the surface of the body and internal organs. Acupuncture promotes the natural flow of Qi and balances yin and yang to keep the normal flow of energy unblocked and restore health to the body and mind.


New to Back to Back: Cold Laser Therapy!!!

What is cold laser therapy?

It's an effective, pain-free, non-invasive alternative therapy that uses laser light to activate the body's own healing processes, leading to quicker recovery and reduced pain. Cold laser therapy uses wavelengths in the visible and infrared spectrum to treat and boost cellular signaling. It acts primarily on damaged and distressed cells and targets photo-acceptors within the mitochondria of a cell. Photo-acceptor activation will then increase the ATP (energy currency) within a cell. The ATP production then attracts cells in the surrounding area to do the same and increases their uptake for nutrients, while eliminating waste more efficiently. If ATP is increased, cellular metabolism is enhanced and the immune system is kicked into overdrive with cells reacting and responding quicker to distress.

What is laser acupuncture?

It is the use of a cold laser on specific points around the body. The laser light is used instead of the traditional needle. It's a great option for people who are afraid of needles, but still wish to benefit from conventional acupuncture and want to experience a more holistic form of treatment. 

What conditions does cold laser treat?


  • Arthritis
  • Sciatica
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Sprains and strains
  • Disc issues
  • Low back pain
  • Shoulder and neck issues & much more!


  • Facial rejuvenation
  • Anti-aging
  • Stretch marks and scars



  • Obesity
  • Diabetes
  • Blocked sinuses
  • Overall immune function

If you are interested in this innovative form of therapy, call to book a consultation or to find out more information! Treatment protocols vary based on patient needs and severity of your condition.

Acupuncture & Headaches
Acupuncture is not only effective for migraine headaches, but it also works very well with tension headaches, cluster headaches, post-traumatic headaches, and disease-related headaches that might be due to sinus problems, high blood pressure or sleeping disorders. The greatest advantage of acupuncture over Western medicine is that it does virtually no harm. Some medications can have serious side effects and can (in some instances) actually lead to patients experiencing a "rebound" headache. Unlike synthetic drugs, acupuncture has virtually no side effects, and the procedures for treating headaches are much less invasive with acupuncture than with surgery.
Make sure you make an appointment with one of our acupuncturists so they can help treat and prevent your headaches!

Know Anyone With A Broken Bone?
Acupuncture & Tradition Chinese Medicine can help!


  • Acupuncture and specialized Herbal Formulas can speed healing time, reduce pain and discomfort, and ensure proper fracture healing
  • Studies have shown that the use of specialized Herbal Formulas alone can reduce healing time by 33%
  • Electro-Acupuncture, through specific frequencies, can assist in the inflammatory and reparative stages of fracture healing, giving your Osteoblasts and Chondroblasts a nice boost!

What Does it Involve?

  • Coming in for a consult. The sooner the better, although we can help at any stage of healing
  • Treatments will be tailored to individual needs, and may use Herbal Formulas, Acupuncture, or both.

Looking for Better Sleep?

Why I Like Treating Insomnia with Acupuncture & Chinese Medicine

Sleep and consciousness have always fascinated me. What are we doing, or trying to do, with almost a third of our lives when we sleep? I’ve always welcomed the notion of starting anew each day: rested and facing a clean slate. It seems so simple, yet it is often so illusive to so many. Why is this the case? Why, when it appears we need a restful sleep the most, does it becomes exponentially harder to achieve? And for that matter, what exactly is sleep, anyway?

Fortunately for me, I’ve learnt a language that has helped make sense of these questions. Despite vast resources allocated to the study of sleep and dreaming, our western biomedical model has no universally accepted theory of what sleep is, or why we would theoretically even need it at all. What is becoming increasingly evident, however, is what happens when we don’t get enough of it. Recent studies have shown adequate sleep to be a factor in: hypertension, depression, cardiovascular disease, immune function, and proper weight loss. So it is obvious we need it, even if we haven’t been able to explain it with our current medical model.  This is where Oriental Medical Theory comes in.

The concept of rest and regeneration is abundant in nature: gardens grow less in winter; animals hibernate. The common theme is rest but it is vastly different in presentation. Even amongst mammals there is a fascinating spectrum of sleep patterns. An armadillo sleeps 18 hrs a day; a giraffe sleeps only 2.9 hrs; and a dolphin only lets one side of its brain sleep at a time. Nature is certainly diverse. With this in mind, Acupuncture theory looks at everything in nature as a series of rhythms and relationships. Everything is simultaneously independent and part of a greater whole.  This helps explain why sleep is so different for each of us and fortunately, provides a framework to successfully treat sleep disorders.

Do you have difficulty falling asleep? Do you wake up in the middle of the night? Is your sleep dream disturbed? Do you have night sweats? Do you simply wake up way too early? Is it all of the above? The answers to these questions, amongst others, lead us to a path where restful, rejuvenating sleep becomes the norm. I like treating insomnia because the change in people when proper sleep manifests is fun to watch; results are often quick and profound. It is also rewarding because it is easy to find a treatment plan for everyone. Young or old, male or female, comfortable with acupuncture or not; there are many modalities at our disposal ensuring you get the sleep you need.

Unfortunately Alexandra Ratzke, is no longer working with our health care steam since she has moved out of Victoria. We wish her the best!

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