Does acupuncture hurt?
Generally, no! Acupuncture is carried out by inserting hair-fine needles into specific points on the body. Every person’s experience and sensation is unique. However, some of the common sensations reported include:
- electrical-like impulses
After the treatment is over, it is normal to continue experiencing the needling sensation. These sensations are related to the healing process.
How many treatments do I have to have before I see results?
No two patients are alike and therefore no two treatments are the same. Treatments are designed according to each individual’s condition. The number of treatments are determined by how acute or chronic your condition. Some patients may begin noticing results after 2 sessions. In general, however, it may take 5-15 continued and consistent treatments to achieve desired results.
Is acupuncture better than western medicine?
One system is not better than the other. They each have unique approaches to treating illness. Acupuncture focuses on the whole person rather than on isolated symptoms or a single issue without taking account its effects on the rest of the body. Acupuncture on its own is a great preventative medicine and supplement to improve your overall health. It is also remarkable as an adjunct or complementary practice with Western medicine. Western medicine has been instrumental in the care of trauma and the treatment of acute illness.
Will acupuncture interfere with current western medications?
No! Acupuncture and related modalities do not interfere with your medications. As your condition improves, you may re-discuss your treatment plan with your Western physician. You should not discontinue your prescription medications or other treatments until you and your Western physician have thoroughly explored your best options.
What can I expect on my first visit?
The first visit is the opportunity for the provider to gather information about your condition. This session usually lasts approximately an hour to an hour and fifteen minutes.
After a thorough assessment and discussion of the patient’s health concerns, an acupuncture prescription is prepared. The patient will then lie down on a table with only the areas to be treated exposed. Then the areas to be treated are wiped with alcohol and the hair-fine, disposable, needles are inserted into the skin.
The treatment usually lasts for 20-30 minutes, one to three times per week, depending on the condition. Results will vary from person to person.
Is acupuncture covered under insurance?
Many insurance plans cover acupuncture as a treatment option. Please call the office for assistance.
We currently accept the following insurance companies in and out of network:
- All Blue Cross Blue Shield products
- Empire BCBS
- Health Savings Accounts
- Horizon BCBS
- OptumHealth (Optum)
- United Healthcare
We also accept auto-injury insurance.
If your healthcare insurance is not listed, please call the office for assistance.
What if I'm afraid of needles?
There are other ‘needleless’ practices available that may help with your condition! You may be interested in some of our services. Please call to speak with a provider and discuss your options.