How many acupuncture sessions will I need?
Acute conditions (experienced 1-2 months) generally require less time with an average of 3-5 weeks of treatments, whereas more chronic complex conditions may require several months.
Does acupuncture hurt?
There is an initial pinch when the very small needle is inserted although it is very mild in comparison to larger needles used in hospitals and western medical doctor offices. Some patients say that some points produce that pinch while other locations they barely feel anything at all.
Are the needles used again? Are they sterile?
The needles are contained in sterilized wrapping and only used once. Most practitioners use a guide tube so that their hands never come into contact with the portion of the needle that enters your skin. After the treatment all needles are safely disposed of in a biohazard container.
What do I wear for a treatment?
Depending on the area of body being treated will determine how you prepare. Often you’ll undress to your undergarments, are covered with a sheet and only the treatment areas are exposed. Sometimes when treating the extremities, shorts and a tank top will be all thats needed.
What should I do before and after a treatment?
It is best to have had something to eat and plenty of water before a treatment. After a session it is recommended that you avoid vigorous exercise and just stick to moderate movements like walking or gentle yoga. It is also best to avoid alcohol as this can take away the benefits of your treatment as they are still setting in overnight.
Will my insurance cover acupuncture?
It is best to check with your insurance carrier on if they cover acupuncture, whether it is before or after your deductible and if they work with out-of-network providers. While we do not bill insurance companies directly we can provide you with a complementary insurance coded superbill for you to receive a reimbursement.
Do I have to “believe in acupuncture” for it to work?
Absolutely not. This is a medical technique that has been used for thousands of years to modulate the body’s systems. It is not a religion or spiritual practice. You do not have to believe in energy work of any kind. It’s a medical practice, plain and simple. Nowadays you can find acupuncture offered in the most respected hospitals all across the world.