Frequently Asked Questions...
Do the acupuncture needles hurt?
Patients often feel a slight prick as the needle is inserted, but after insertion, very little pain is ever reported and some patients don't feel the needles at all. If there is any pain, the needle is immediately removed. Sometimes after insertion, patients report numbness, tingling, or a "heaviness" around the area of insertion and these sensations are normal.
What maladies does acupuncture treat?
Research has found acupuncture to effectively treat pain, anxiety, arthritis, asthma, migraines, digestive problems, menstrual disorders, and addiction, amongst many other things. The World Health Organization lists multiple diseases for which acupuncture and its adjunctive therapies have been proved through controlled trials to be an effective treatment, as well as listing many more diseases for which acupuncture has been shown to have a therapeutic effect.
Nutrition is also a part of the treatment plan and very important in recovery and overall wellbeing. Those who are not receiving treatment for an acute ailment, often use acupuncture as a preventative medicine.
How often will I have to get treatment?
The duration of treatment depends on the case. Usually, a series of treatments are needed to resolve an issue and a consultation is necessary to determine how many this might be. Each individual treatment session usually lasts an hour.
Will insurance cover my treatment?
Generally, insurance will only cover acupuncture if it is a PPO. Coverage also depends on your individual plan and varies from person to person. If you don't know if your insurance covers acupuncture, feel free to call our office and we would be happy to check your coverage for you and answer any questions you might have.
Does acupuncture have any side affects?
The most common side effects are bleeding or bruising at the site where the needle is inserted, as well as minor soreness, tingling, or numbness. Some infections have been reported from the use of acupuncture needles. The needles used in our office are sterile, single-use stainless steal and immediately and safely discarded after use according to legal standards. If you have any concerns, consider discussing them with a licensed acupuncturist.