1. How Does Acupuncture Work?
Acupuncture improves and promotes natural self-healing process by stimulating specific acupuncture points. Practitioners stimulate acupoints with fine, sterile needles. Pressure, heat, and even electrical stimulation may further enhance the desired effects.
Body life Energy flows along specific pathways, called meridians, throughout the body. This constant flow of energy keeps the body balanced. When the energy flow gets blocked or disrupted, it can lead to pain, stiffness and illness.
Acupuncture therapy can release blocked life energy in the body and stimulate pain relief, evoking the body’s natural healing response through various physiological systems.
Modern science has demonstrated acupuncture’s effects on the nervous system, hormonal system, endocrine and immune systems, cardiovascular system, and digestive system. By stimulating the body in various ways, acupuncture can help to resolve pain, and improve sleep, digestive function, and sense of well-being.
2. Is Acupuncture Safe?
Patients generally find the treatments relaxing with only minimal discomfort. Acupuncture is a safe technique, provided the practitioners are properly trained and follow appropriate techniques.
The needles we use are sterilized and disposed of after use in a bio hazard container which ensures safe disposal.
It is important to inform the practitioner of your medical history, medications and if you are pregnant or could possibly be pregnant, as acupuncture treatment may have to be modified or may not be appropriate.
3. Does Acupuncture Hurt?
Acupuncture is usually a very relaxing treatment. The trained practitioner will insert the needle to the appropriate depth. Needles are very fine and as thin as a hair, providing a small tingling or warmth sensation. Sometimes you won’t feel anything at all. Each person’s experience is different. Many of our patients use their treatment time as an opportunity to relax and de-stress on the massage table. Should you experience any discomfort, inform your practitioner, and they will adjust the needles accordingly.
4. How many sessions of treatment will I need?
The frequency and number of treatments differ from person to person. Some people experience dramatic relief within one to two treatment, but some take longer to respond depending on the condition being treated. For acute problems, usually fewer visits are required. For complex or long-standing chronic conditions, one to two treatments per week for several months may be recommended. An individualized treatment plan that includes the expected number of treatments will be discussed during your initial visit.
5. What Do I expect for visiting?
Depending on your specific needs, your first appointment will take 60 to 80 minutes, with subsequent appointments lasting about 45 to 60 minutes.
If this is your first visit, you will fill in your intake form for practitioner to obtain a full health history for your file. The practitioner might ask further questions regarding symptoms, health and lifestyle. The practitioner will then perform the physical examination.
To begin, you lay comfortably on a table while precise acupoints are stimulated on various areas of your body. Most people feel no or little discomfort as the fine needles are gently placed. The needles are usually retained between 10 and 30 minutes. During and after treatments, people report that they feel very relaxed. After the examination, the practitioner will be able to recommend a proper treatment plan to address your condition.
6. What should I do before and after an acupuncture treatment?
Before your appointment do not overeat or drink, instead have a snack or light meal to ensure your body is well nourished.
Wear loose, comfortable clothing for easy access to acupuncture points, especially for those below the elbow and knee.
Prepare your mind and body to quiet down. Plan to arrive 5 minutes early, turn off your cell, use the restroom, help yourself to a glass of water and take a few deep, relaxing breaths.
Do not use drugs or alcohol up to five hours before your appointment. Avoid any exercise or workout beforehand.
Keep away from stressful situations. Remain relaxed after treatment. If possible, plan a nap for after your treatment.
Always feel free to reach out if you have any questions before or after your treatment.
7. Will my Extended Health Plan or MSP cover acupuncture?
Most of insurance policies cover acupuncture. We simply take copy of your insurance card and process the claim through the insurance company for you. However, insurance policies vary so please contact your insurance company to find out about your coverage.
MSP covers $23.00 per visit annually with a limit of 10 appointments for people who receive premium assistance.