Frequently Asked Questions
Here I try to answer some frequently asked questions involving an acupuncture session. For other questions, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
What is acupuncture?
Acupuncture is a medical practice which uses small needles to stimulate specific points on the body. These points are located along energetic meridians which flow and weave through the body and connect everything on a macrocosmic and macrocosmic level. Acupuncture is able to powerfully activate the Qi / vital energy of your body in order to stimulate a return harmony and homeostasis.
Is acupuncture painful?
Acupuncture is a very gentle procedure with minimal discomfort or pain. Examples of sensations which are sometimes felt during acupuncture are warm or cool sensations, a dull or heavy sensation, tingling feelings, or sometimes what feels like movement. These sensations are said to be the activation and movement of the Qi in the body. These normal feelings represent your body recognizing and reacting to the stimulation from the treatment. Acupuncture needles are extremely thin gauge needles which are not hollow. Most people describe acupuncture as extremely relaxing.
Does everything involve needles?
Acupuncture is one of the main tools in my toolbox for eliminating pain and treating a multitude of health issues. However, I also utilize techniques such as acupressure, cupping, gua sha, moxibustion, and herbal medicines when these are indicated for the best result, and these do not require the use of needles. I regularly work with people who are needle sensitive. My office is also conveniently located within an integrative medicine center where there are other healthcare professionals offering services which complement mine.
What is cupping?
Cupping is a gentle procedure which most often is used to treat musculoskeletal disorders and pain, but which is also useful for issues in certain cases. This procedure uses suction cups in order to create a vacuum. This vacuum exerts force upon the muscles and fascia underneath the suction cup, which moves stagnant blood in the area. When the cup is removed, there is a cupping mark indicating that what was stuck has been freed. Then, the body can move in with fresh blood and nutrients to repair the area which was injured. Cupping feels sort of like a massage.
Do you accept insurance?
I am in the process of getting credentialed through multiple insurance providers and plan to offer acupuncture through insurance providers in the near future.
Check back soon for more updates on this as it develops.
What should I wear to my acupuncture appointment?
Please wear loose fitting clothes which allows easy access to the legs and arms.
How long is each session?
Sessions last approximately 50-60 minutes.
What should I do or not do before or after my acupuncture session?
Please do not drink coffee beforehand. Coffee complicates tongue diagnosis which I do each session. Be sure to hydrate after acupuncture. On areas where cupping and gua sha is performed, take extra care to protect those areas from wind after your session with a scarf or clothing.
How frequently should I get acupuncture?
Each case is different and recommended frequency will depend upon the situation. Generally speaking, for the best results I recommend acupuncture at least once per week in the beginning phases of treatment and as issues resolve this frequency becomes less as we move into a more preventative and proactive stage.