FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
What will the acupuncturists do?
What should I expect during treatment?
Once the needles are in place they are left to do their work for anywhere from 10 minutes to as long as 45 minutes depending on the issues being addressed. The practitioner may stay in the room with you and may incorporate other Oriental medicine techniques. Most usually they will leave you to rest peacefully for a period of time.
During the treatment people can experience a sensation of energy spreading and moving around the needle. Some people occasionally experience a vague numbness, tingling or heaviness. All these reactions are good and it is a sign that the treatment is working. After treatment you may feel energized or you may experience a deep sense of relaxation and well-being.
Do the needles hurt?
Most people feel no pain at all and may not even realize the needle has been inserted. Occasionally some people may feel a slight momentary discomfort as the needles are inserted.
Most people are amazed at how easy the process is and how relaxed they feel during and after the treatment. This can only occur if the treatment is comfortable and gentle. Very typically, clients will fall asleep and nap soon after needles are inserted!
What is Qi?
When qi flows freely throughout the body, one enjoys good physical, mental and emotional well-being. An obstruction of qi anywhere in the body is like a dam, backing up the flow in one area and restricting it in others. This blockage can hinder the distribution of the nourishment that the body requires to function optimally.
What can affect Qi?
Normally, when this imbalance occurs, the body naturally bounces back, returning to a balanced state of health and well-being. When the disruption to qi is prolonged or excessive, or if the body is in a weakened state, then illness, pain or disease can set in.
How safe is acupuncture?
It is an all-natural, drug-free, therapy, yielding the positive side-effects of relaxation and well-being. There is little danger of infection from acupuncture needles because they are sterile, used once, and then discarded.
When looking for an acupuncturist be sure to look for proper qualifications. Many chiropractors and MD’s perform acupuncture. Depending on which state they are practicing in, these practitioners are only required to get about 100 hours of training to give acupuncture.
What can acupuncture treat?
Acupuncture has been effective in treating many types and variety of illnesses and conditions including pain management, emotional and stress related issues and internal/digestive disorders.
How many treatments will I need?
The results of treatment are unique to every individual. Patients often experience the most dramatic results in the first few treatments as the acute aspect of an issue is resolved. Some experience substantial relief of their pain or other symptoms
This relief may last for various periods of time. Additional visits then help to treat more chronic and underlying issues. The better you are at reporting results, the better we are able to tailor your treatment plan.
What can I expect after treatment?
Since acupuncture heals the body through natural techniques, side-effects are very rare. Occasionally mild exacerbation of conditions may be felt after a first treatment, but subside with additional treatments.
Acupuncture is safe for persons of all ages including children and the elderly, although treatment for the elderly is usually done to reduce discomfort and manage a stable condition.
Will my insurance cover acupuncture?!
Here are a few questions to ask:
1. Will my plan cover acupuncture?
2. How many visits per calendar year?
3. Do I need a referral?
4. Do I have a co-pay?
5. Do I have a deductible? If yes, has it been met?