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Frequently Asked Questions

What can acupuncture treat?

 

Acupuncture has a regulatory effect on the body, and it can treat a large variety of ailments. We see patients with a number of concerns, including but not limited to: pain management, anxiety, depression, migraines, bells palsy, the common cold, immune system issues, autoimmune disorders, sleep issues, nausea and TMJ, to name some of the most common. We recommend calling or scheduling a free consult if you are not sure whether acupuncture can help your particular condition.

Does acupuncture hurt?

Acupuncture is not a painful experience. Most of the time you will not feel the pins at all. On some occasions, you may feel a light pinch as they are inserted. Your acupuncturist may adjust the pins, giving a sensation of heaviness at the point. Adjustments are always done in accordance with a patient's comfort levels--very sensitive patients may receive no adjustment at all. Once all of the needles are in place, patients tend to feel so relaxed that they could, or in some cases do, fall asleep on the table.

How long does a treatment take?

Usually the initial appointment takes about an hour and twenty minutes. This includes a full evaluation and a health history interview. Your acupuncturist will also look at your tongue and feel your pulse, which are two methods of evaluation in Chinese Medicine. 

A followup appointment typically ranges from 40-60 minutes, depending on the necessary treatment. 

 

How many treatments do I need?

The amount of treatments needed usually corresponds with the severity of the problem & how long you have had the condition. In cases of acute minor injuries, a patient may only need a few treatments. Conditions that are severe or have been around for a long time usually require more frequent treatment at the beginning, with the goal of spacing the treatments out as much as possible if continuing treatment is required. 

 

Generally our acupuncturist recommends starting with 4-6 consecutive weekly treatments. We recommend booking a free consult to discuss your particular condition.


 

Do you take my insurance?

In order to know, we always need to verify your benefits. When you get in touch, we will ask for your Member ID number, date of birth and full name. We will use this information to verify your benefits and get back to you. 
 

We are in network with Cigna, and accept many other plans with out of network coverage. This includes many Blue Cross Blue Shield and Aetna plans. If you have another insurance not mentioned here, please ask us about it!

 

What should I wear when I come in for treatment?

Please wear loose fitting clothing with easy access to your lower legs and forearms. Many patients bring shorts and/or tank tops to change into once they arrive. 

 

In some cases we may need to treat an area where clothing is covering (such as your lower back, upper back, shoulders). In this case your acupuncturist will communicate clearly what area she needs access to, and drape you properly so that you are comfortable.

 

Do you reuse needles?

 

Never ever! We always use single-use, sterile, disposable needles made of stainless steel. After your session, the pins used in your treatment will go into a sharps container and eventually be disposed of as medical waste.

What should I do after treatment?

It is important to stay hydrated and take it easy after receiving an acupuncture treatment. If you plan to work out on the same day as acupuncture, it is generally a better idea to do so before your session. If that isn't possible, just do the best you can to go easy on yourself for the remainder of the day. 

How do I book an appointment?

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