Everyone always wonders - what is acupuncture and how can it help me? Acupuncture is an important part of the traditional Chinese medicine and is based on the insertion of thin needles into specific areas of your body. These areas of the body are chosen and placed on the body to stimulate the body's natural healing power.
Is Acupuncture Painful?
This is our favorite question - and is asked a lot by customers who call in requesting an appointment. Acupuncture is not painful and is nothing link getting a shot at the doctor's office. The needles used in acupuncture treatments are very, very thin needs that you can barely feel. Often times customers call in telling us they are afraid of needles and aren't sure about the procedure - these are some of the same people who, after their first appointment, come back religiously every week for more because they love it so much.
What Can I Expect?
During your appointment, one of our skilled Acupuncturist will ask you a few questions regarding your health history in order to find out what's been troubling you. Many of these questions are meant to get a deeper insight into the your lifestyle, eating habits, and the level of stress you encounter on a daily basis. After the Acupuncturist is able to learn more information about you, they'll next feel for your pulses and palpate various different parts of your body in order to figure out which organs or meridian are out of balance. After this initial review an acupuncture treatment that is specifically tailored to you is given.
How Long Do The Treatments Take?
Your time at the office can last anywhere from 30 minutes to an hour, depending on the type of treatment you a receiving. The needles will stay in anywhere from 15 - 45 minutes which is again based on the treatment you need.
Are These Treatments Covered By My Insurance?
Luckily, acupuncture is one of the CAM therapies that is usually covered by all health insurance plans. That being said, it's always important and HIGHLY recommended that you check with your insurance before receiving treatment. Some insurance plans cover the full cost, some only cover partial - it's important that you know what your insurance covers before scheduling and appointment at our office.