Frequently asked questions
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- Do you accept insurance?
- Yes, we are in network with Blue Cross Blue Shield.
- If you are covered through Aetna, they have a discount program that covers acupuncture, through a partnership with American Specialty Health Incorporated (ASH).
- Fill out the form on the new patients page and we will check your coverage. All other insurance with out of network benefits is accepted.
Please keep in mind, all policies are different and some may limit both your number of visits and type of conditions covered.
Until your coverage has been established and your annual deductible has been met, all payments are due at the time of your visit.
- What is Acupuncture and how does it work?
- Acupuncture is a form of Chinese medicine dating back over 2500 years, where thin needles are inserted into the body, in order to stimulate Qi (pronounced chee) and circulation.
It is essentially a form of communication. The stimulation of specific points boost the bodies own resources and enhance the healing process.
When we injure ourselves – whether physically or emotionally, traces of that injury persist after healing. These traces can be in the form of knotted muscles, anxiety, insomnia, stiff joints, or any other forms of chronic injury. By using acupuncture needles and other techniques, we are able to free up these blockages, untie the knots, wash away the stains, and remove the thorns of life. As a practitioner and patient, the ultimate goal is to get the body as balanced as it can be.
- Is Acupuncture Safe?
- Acupuncture is extremely safe. A licensed Acupuncturist uses sterilized needles which are properly disposed, in accordance with health regulations.
- What kind of conditions does acupuncture treat?
- Induction of labor
- Knee pain
- Low back pain
- Hypertension, essential
- Hypotension, primary
- Neck pain
- Allergic rhinitis (including hay fever)
- Nausea and vomiting
- Depression (including depressive neurosis and depression following stroke)
- Dysentery, acute bacillary
- Dysmenorrhoea, primary
- Epigastralgia, acute (in peptic ulcer, acute and chronic gastritis, and gastrospasm)
- Facial pain (including craniomandibular disorders)
- Morning sickness
- Pain in dentistry (including dental pain and temporomandibular dysfunction)
- Periarthritis of shoulder
- Postoperative pain
- Renal colic
- Rheumatoid arthritis
- Tennis elbow
- Malposition of fetus, correction
- Does Acupuncture Hurt?
- Some people have a different reaction to needling, but in general, no. When a needle is inserted, a slight pinching will be felt. If needles are inserted in the back or other muscular areas you usually don’t feel the needles, but when the needles are placed in more sensitive areas a dull achy feeling can be felt. However once the session is underway, many patients feel very relaxed and even fall asleep.
- Are There Other Forms Of Treatment Besides Needle Insertion?
- Yes. Your practitioner may use their hands to put pressure on particular acupuncture points. They may also use a variety of mechanical devices to stimulate affected areas, such as cupping, as well as, warming the desired area by burning herbs.
- How Long Does a Treatment Last?
- Your first treatment will take about an hour and a half, this includes 30min. to gather patient information. Follow up treatments will take between 30-45min.
- How Many Sessions Do I Need?
- At the time of the initial examination, your Acupuncturist will evaluate your condition and will assess the approximate number of treatments needed. Because each patient’s health problems and response to treatment are unique, the number and frequency of treatments vary. Typically, the recommendation is one to two treatments per week for four to eight weeks, although some patients respond favorably after only one or two treatments.Some may not improve until the eighth or ninth visit. Others may require two or three treatments per week for several months for maximum results. And sometimes, despite my best effort and skill, a patient does not respond to treatment. In general, acute conditions require less treatment than chronic conditions.
- How Should I Prepare For My Session?
- Have a light meal or snack shortly before your treatment. Wear or bring loose clothing to allow access to acupuncture points.
Men: Loose fitting gym shorts.
Women: Loose fitting gym shorts, and a tank top or sports bra.
- What Training Is Required to Practice Acupuncture?
- A licensed Acupuncturist must complete rigorous education requirements, which differ from state to state. However it generally takes 3-4 years of extensive study, as well as, a 1 year internship.