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FAQS

DOES ACUPUNCTURE HURT?

Acupuncture in general is not painful. The needles are extremely thin (about the width of 2 human hairs), solid, disposable and flexible. Sensations that patients normally experience are a dull ache or tingling which is associated with the movement of energy stimulated by the insertion of the needles. This is a desired effect and should not feel painful.

HOW MANY VISITS WILL I NEED?

The number of visits you will need depends on several factors. One is how long you have had your current condition. Conditions like pain from an injury may require several treatments before symptoms are reduced. On your first visit, your acupuncturist will take a detailed health history and will determine an appropriate treatment plan based on your signs and symptoms.

IS ACUPUNCTURE COVERED BY MY INSURANCE?

At this time, we do not accept insurance of any kind, but you may be provided with a Superbill to submit to your insurance for reimbursement. This is dependent on your insurance rules and requirements. 

WHAT SHOULD I EXPECT FROM MY FIRST ACUPUNCTURE SESSION?

Your first session will be 90 minutes and will include a full health history consultation and treatment. This consultation will be very detailed in order to determine how we will treat your symptoms. After the needles are inserted, you will be left alone to relax on the table for 20-30 minutes.

WHAT IF I’M AFRAID OF NEEDLES?

The needles used are hair thin and totally unlike the needles used for injections of medicine. Most people don’t even feel the insertion and those who do, describe it as a kind of pressure or slight tingling sensation. There is no need to be afraid of the needles.

 

If you are worried, please mention this when you make your appointment so we can take it into account to help make things more comfortable.

HOW DO I PREPARE FOR MY APPOINTMENT?

It is good to arrive early so you can settle down and collect yourself.  If you are taking any medication, including vitamins, minerals and other supplements, please bring those with you.

 

Eat a light meal and make sure you are hydrated. Wear comfortable, loose-fitting clothing which can be easily removed if needed.  Most people will not need to disrobe, but occasionally we treat areas that do require it.  We have modesty procedures in place if you do need to disrobe.

 

Acupuncture cannot be performed if you are under the influence of drugs or alcohol.  We reserve the right to turn away any patient that seems impaired.

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