What should I expect during my first visit?
Your first visit will include a comprehensive evaluation, formulation of a treatment plan and initial therapies. Follow up treatments may include a combination of acupuncture, adjunctive therapies, herbal treatment and dietary/lifestyle counseling. Clients will discuss in detail the primary reasons for the visit. Your complete health history as well as current dietary and lifestyle habits will be reviewed. Objective assessments will be made of the pulse and tongue. Upon completion of the interview, a treatment plan will be formulated and discussed. You will receive an acupuncture treatment and any other suitable adjunctive therapies such as cupping, gua sha, moxabustion, tui na, etc.
Is acupuncture right for me?
Acupuncture is appropriate for those seeking safe alternative medical care or a complementary adjunctive care to current treatment. Acupuncture helps to prevent illness by improving the overall function of the body. You need not have a health complaint to seek treatment. Acupuncture can be performed on individuals of any age from infancy to advanced age.
How often do I need to have an acupuncture treatment?
The frequency of treatment varies based on each patient’s particular condition. Treatments may be needed anywhere from twice a week to once a season. Typically, weekly treatments are recommended.
Does acupuncture hurt?
There is little to no discomfort as the needles are inserted. The acupuncture needles are very fine, it is quite different from the thicker hypodermic needles used to draw blood. Once the needles are inserted, an achy or distending sensation may be felt. This is a natural qi sensation.
Does insurance cover acupuncture?
Some insurance plans will cover acupuncture treatment. There may be limitations in coverage but our insurance biller will be happy to investigate your coverage for you. We can also provide an office receipt with a procedure and diagnosis code that you may use towards your flex spending.
How does acupuncture work?
The basic theory of acupuncture is based on the concept that the insertion and manipulation of acupuncture needles at particular points stimulates the body’s qi (energy) to have a therapeutic effect. Properly adjusting the body’s qi results in an improved state of balance. Acupuncture treatments are cumulative with each treatment improving the body’s state. Health is achieved when the qi of the body remains in this harmonized state.
The acupuncture points are distinct areas on the body where qi can be readily accessed. An acupuncture point may have numerous indications; therefore, various combinations of points may be selected depending on the patient’s presentation at each visit. This stimulation helps to restore the proper flow of qi, guiding the body back into balance and allowing natural healing to take place.
What conditions can be treated with acupuncture?
Thousands of years of empirical evidence has shown acupuncture to be effective in treating hundreds of illnesses. In recent years, the National Institute of Health (NIH) has allotted funds to support research proving the efficacy of acupuncture for particular diseases. The 1997 NIH Consensus Statement lists the conditions for which acupuncture has proven to be an effective form of treatment. These conditions include postoperative and chemotherapy induced nausea and vomiting, postoperative dental pain, addiction, stroke rehabilitation, headache, menstrual cramps, tennis elbow, fibromyalgia, myofascial pain, osteoarthritis, low back pain, carpal tunnel syndrome, and asthma.
Please keep in mind this is a short list of conditions which have been deemed appropriately treated with acupuncture by the NIH. Currently there are numerous studies examining various other health conditions’ response to acupuncture treatment.
Are the acupuncture needles re-used?
At Family Chiropractic & Wellness Center, we use surgically sterile, single-use, stainless steel needles. We never reuse or re-insert an acupuncture needle.
Is acupuncture safe?
Yes. When performed by a trained and licensed professional, acupuncture is very safe. Sterile needles are shallowly inserted into the skin and disposed of after one use. There is little risk of infection.