Frequently Asked Questions
What is Acupuncture?
It is the practice of placing fine needles superficially through the skin at specific areas of the body to signal the bodies ability to heal itself.
What can Acupuncture treat?
As acupuncture is part of a whole and logical medical system, there is almost always an approach for an acupuncturist to take for helping to manage a health problem - or even better, help you to remain pain and illness free.
In 1979, the World Health Organization published a short list of conditions seen as appropriate for treatment with acupuncture. This is not a complete list of conditions appropriate for treatment, but just some examples.
The list includes:
*Back Pain/Neck Pain
Plus Many more......
Is it safe?
Yes, the needles are sterile and disposable. They are one use only and then properly disposed.
Does it hurt?
There is minimal or no pain upon insertion. You may feel a pinch during the insertion that will usually go away before you can say 'ouch'.
How long is the appointment?
Generally, the treatment lasts between 30 minutes to an hour depending on how long you'd like to rest and what type of condition is being treated.
What will it feel like during the treatment?
Once you are resting with the needles, you may feel sensations at or around the needles that indicate the needles are doing their work. It might feel: warm, heavy, tingly, or even itchy. You should always feel comfortable during your rest and can signal us at anytime should you need assistance in the treatment room.
Do I have to disrobe?
No, wearing loose clothing is just perfect. We practice a strategy of acupuncture using what we call 'distal points' where the needles are placed below the elbows and knees. This allows people to be fully clothed during their treatment. Wearing loose clothing and just rolling up your sleeves to your elbows and pant legs to your knees allows us to access most of the points.
How do you know where to place the needles?
Each treatment is individualized. We decide which meridians are out of balance based on your Health History Questionnaire and a brief interview. The 'points' where the needles are placed may change or stay similar from visit to visit based on your feedback.
How many treatments do I need?
Your acupuncturist will give you a suggested guideline of how many treatments are necessary for your condition. The guideline is based on the nature of the condition, the frequency, and severity.
Do I need to make an appointment or can I just come by?
Walk-ins are welcome but scheduling an appointment is recommended.
What kind of payment do you accept? Cash or Check only.