What happens during the session?
We will review and discuss your current symptoms and health history. Depending on the issues presented, the session may also include acu-pressure, electro-acupuncture,reflexology, massage, gua sha, and cupping. The needles are retained for 20 to 40 minutes. Sessions are 1 hour.
Does the treatment hurt?
In general, acupuncture is painless. We use tiny, hair-like needles that are equivalent to the thickness of a cat whisker. The needles are sterilized, packaged, disposable, stainless steel. A guide tube allows for quick, painless insertion. They are discarded into a medical waste container after each use.
How many sessions will I need?
We will discuss an appropriate treatment plan with you during your initial evaluation. Acupuncture is not a magic bullet and it is not always a quick fix, especially for a longstanding issue. The treatments are cumulative and build upon the previous session. It is a process of re-wiring the nervous system. Each condition and person is different, but in general, we see improvement in 1-5 sessions for acute issues and 5-12 sessions for chronic issues. Monthly maintenance is recommended for sustainable results.
Do you accept insurance?
We are out of network with insurance. We will supply you with an itemized receipt that includes the acupuncture procedure codes (CPT), as well as all other pertinent information for you to submit to your carrier for reimbursement. As of 2020, Medicare covers 20 sessions of acupuncture for low back pain.
What conditions does acupuncture address?
The World Health Organization has approved acupuncture as an effective treatment for dozens of conditions. These include neck pain, back pain, knee pain, shoulder pain, arthritis, sprains, strains, facial pain, TMJ, headache, sciatica, postoperative pain, PMS, menstrual cramps, anxiety and depression. It is also a safe and effective way to address the side effects of cancer treatments.
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