Frequently Asked Questions
Why should I consider acupuncture?
One of the most appealing aspects of acupuncture is that it activates and enhances your body’s own inherent healing capabilities. It can provide an effective alternative to more harsh interventions such as surgery or pharmaceuticals, yet the results are often profound, providing significant improvement or even complete resolution.
What does acupuncture treat?
Acupuncture is a complete medicine that can treat virtually any ailment. While our practice focuses on treatment of infertility, pain reduction, injury recovery, and women’s health, we treat nearly any condition. Most patients achieve improvement in a multitude of areas, such as stress, anxiety, digestion, and energy.
Does it hurt?
Acupuncture often elicits mild and pleasant sensations such as warmth or a spreading feeling. Most patients relax during treatment and often enjoy a nap. It is your time here, and we are happy to provide heat, music, props or other ways to ensure your comfort. Please let us know if you have anxiety about acupuncture as we will be extra attentive to your needs.
How does acupuncture work from a modern, scientific point of view?
Scientific studies demonstrate that acupuncture calms the sympathetic nervous system, reduces inflammation, regulates hormones, and increases the circulation of blood and body fluids. In the context of trigger and motor point therapies, it relaxes muscles by creating a twitch and release response. Often we see syndromes improve without being able to explain it scientifically yet. Science continues to evolve and develop a greater understanding of physiology.
How should I prepare for a treatment?
Please avoid, or at least minimize, caffeine consumption prior to treatment. Too much caffeine can hinder relaxation and make needling sensations more pronounced. It is best to eat something within 2-3 hours prior to your session (but don’t overeat). Ample food helps the body to better assimilate the treatment.
How many treatments will I need?
Most patients begin to notice benefits within the first 1-3 treatments. With acupuncture, the effectiveness of each treatment typically builds upon the previous one. Acute conditions tend to resolve more quickly with an intensive series of treatments, whereas chronic conditions may require more sessions over a longer period. In general terms, most patients undergo between 6-10 treatments to resolve a specific issue. Many choose to continue acupuncture on a less frequent basis for overall health, wellness, and relaxation. Others come back as needed when new health issues arise.
Are the needles reused?
No way! We only use FDA-approved, single-use needles that have been sterilized by the manufacturer prior to packaging. All needles are single use and are disposed of in a sharps medical waste disposal container.
What is the difference between acupuncture and dry needling?
Both involve use of acupuncture needles. One difference is in the amount of training. Most acupuncturists have well over 2,500 hours of training. The requirement for physical therapists to perform dry needling is just 28 hours. Our education encompasses an entire body of medicine to treat the whole person and a wide variety of ailments. For instance, we might treat digestive issues, stress and pain in one session (and will likely find that the three issues are interrelated!) Releasing trigger points are just one capability we offer within a much larger repertoire. It can be quite useful for focused trigger point release within a larger physical therapy program.
Does insurance cover acupuncture?
About 20% of patients have acupuncture coverage and it is worth calling your insurance carrier to find out. We would be considered out of network providers. We are happy to bill insurance once you have verified with your insurance provider your acupuncture benefits, plan limitations and exclusions. Because patients are financially responsible for any amount not covered by insurance, it is important to have a clear idea of your coverage. If you feel unsure of your coverage, you can elect to pay the lower time of service rates and we will provide a superbill for you to submit to your insurance carrier. All insurance is billed at standard acupuncture rates set by worker’s compensation; payment at time of service rates are discounted.