Frequently Asked Questions
What should I expect for my first treatment?
Your first acupuncture treatment should take about an hour and a half. Please try to arrive early to fill out intake forms. Your appointment will include 15-20 minutes to address the reason for your visit and allow for any questions. You will then experience a full acupuncture treatment. At the end of the treatment, we will explain your treatment plan, including any herbs that are recommended. Follow up treatments run 45-60 minutes, depending on the issue being treated.
How many treatments will I need?
This depends on the person and the issue being treated. Some people feel instant relief, while others take an average of 3-5 treatments before feeling any relief. At the very least, most all patients report sleeping better the night after their treatment. After the main issue is resolved, we recommend monthly ‘tune-ups’ for general health and immune boosting.
Do you take insurance?
Yes! We are in-network with Blue Cross Blue Shield, United Healthcare, and Aetna. Sometimes insurance companies will cover out-of-network visits. We are happy to call your insurance company for you to verify coverage. You can also use your FSA or HSA card to pay for the treatment. Check out our post for more information on insurance coverage.
Does acupuncture hurt?
Not usually. Many people are nervous before their first acupuncture treatment, but the needles used are very fine (hair thin), and they don’t cause pain when used by an experienced practitioner. Depending on the acupuncture point that is targeted and the patient’s condition, some people report feeling a numbness, tingly or electric feeling when the needle is first inserted. This is a desired feeling, as it means the treatment is working. Most people report a calm, relaxed feeling at the end of a treatment.
Are the needles safe?
Yes. We use individually pre-packaged disposable, sterile stainless steel needles for each patient.
What do I wear? Do I leave my clothes on?
Ideally, loose-fitting, comfortable clothes are better, but you can wear anything you would normally wear.
How does acupuncture work?
According to ancient Chinese theory, energy (also called Qi) runs through the body along pathways called meridians. These pathways relate to certain physical body functions (digestion, circulation, etc.) as well as to mental and emotional functions. Occasionally, our energy gets stuck or blocked at certain points, which contributes to illness, inflammation and health problems. Acupuncture restores balance to the body by removing these blocks and re-routing energy, which eliminates pain, calms troubled systems and helps our bodies function as they are supposed to.
What can acupuncture treat?
We specialize in chronic pain, sports injuries, and women’s reproductive issues, but also work on:
- Digestion Issues
- Neck pain
- Shoulder pain
- Smoking cessation
- Sports injuries
- Weight issues
- Women’s reproductive issues such as infertility, PCOS, endometriosis, uterine fibroids, post-partum depression, menopause symptoms.
And much more…