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Some common questions about acupuncture are answered below. Call us if you have other questions or if you are interested in improving your life through acupuncture treatment.

What is Acupuncture?

Acupuncture is an effective form of health care that has evolved into a complete and holistic medical system. Practitioners of acupuncture and Chinese medicine have used this noninvasive medical system to diagnose and help millions of people get well and stay healthy.

An acupuncturist will place fine, sterile needles at specific acupoints on the body. This activates and promotes natural healing by enhancing recuperative power, immunity and physical and emotional health. It also can improve overall function and well-being. It is a safe, painless and effective way to treat a wide variety of medical problems.

What will my acupuncturist do?

During the initial exam a full health history will be taken. Questions will be asked regarding symptoms, health and lifestyle. Your acupuncturist also may check pulses and your tongue and may conduct a physical exam. This information is then organized to create a complete, accurate and comprehensive diagnosis of what has become blocked or imbalanced. After the interview process, you may receive an acupuncture treatment. Visits with your acupuncturist may last from thirty to ninety minutes.

Is acupuncture safe for children?

Yes. In some instances children actually respond more quickly than adults. If your child has an aversion to needles, your acupuncturist may massage the acupuncture points. This is called acupressure or tuina.

How many treatments will I need?

This is probably the most frequently asked question and with good reason. The honest answer is I have no idea as everyone is different. Some people respond to treatment much quicker while others require a number of sessions before they start getting their desired results. I typically recommend 4-5 treatments to most people who are either new to acupuncture or just starting off with acupuncture as a new addition to their healthcare regimen. Acute issues often require less treatments while chronic issues and conditions typically require a longer course of treatment. I ALWAYS tell people that patience and open-mindedness are a must as acupuncture is NOT a miracle fix. It takes times just like anything else. Here at AcuMediZen Acupuncture & Sports Medicine, we practice medicine not magic. Make the commitment to live a happier, healthier, pain-free life and leave the rest to us!

How much does it cost?

Please refer to my online booking page https://theacudoc.intakeq.com/booking for a list of all of the services I offer and pricing. At AcuMediZen Acupuncture & Sports Medicine, I believe that healthcare, whether conventional or alternative, should be accessible to everyone so in an effort to make this possible I’ve done my very best to keep my prices not only competitive but also below market value in some cases.

 

Will my insurance cover acupuncture?

I am out-of-network with all insurance companies and therefore do NOT accept or bill any insurance at this time. I will, however, gladly provide you with a superbill which is a highly detailed receipt with all of my business information as well as the appropriate insurance coding that you can submit to your insurance company for potential reimbursement. I would strongly urge you to call your insurance company prior to treatment to see if your particular plan reimburses for out-of-network services.

In addition to cash or credit/debit, I also accept HSA or FSA cards so you might as well use it or lose it!

How should I prepare?

Most people think that acupuncture is one of those therapies that you have to get completely undressed for. I’m here to tell you that that is an absolute myth. Most people usually keep 90-100% of their clothing on during an acupuncture session. Occasionally, I will politely ask you to remove an article of clothing so I can have better access to the part of your body that needs to be worked on. I always drape my patients and will provide you with as many drapes as you need to feel completely comfortable. Your comfort, safety, security are of the utmost importance to me which is why communication and feedback is always encouraged. Lastly, it is recommended that you wear or bring loose fitting clothing to your appointment in order to minimize the chance of you having to remove any additional articles of clothing. Examples of such clothing are sweatpants, yoga pants, shorts, t shirts and tank tops.

  • Write down and bring any questions you have. We are here to help you.
  • Wear loose, comfortable clothing for easy access to acupuncture points.
  • Do not eat large meals just before or after
    your visit.
  • Refrain from overexertion, working out, drugs or alcohol for up to six hours after the visit.
  • Avoid stressful situations. Make time to relax, and be sure to get plenty of rest.
  • Between visits, take notes of any changes that may have occurred, such as the alleviation of pain, pain moving to other areas, or changes in the frequency and type of problems.

How safe is acupuncture?

Acupuncture is extremely safe. It is an all-natural, drug-free therapy, yielding no side effects just feelings of relaxation and well-being. There is little danger of infection from acupuncture needles because they are sterile, used once, and then discarded.

How are acupuncturists educated?

Today, acupuncturists undertake three to four years of extensive and comprehensive graduate training at nationally certified schools. All acupuncturists must pass a national exam and meet strict guidelines to practice in every state.

What can acupuncturists treat?

Virtually everyone can benefit from the wide arrays of services that we offer here at AcuMediZen Acupuncture & Sports Medicine! I have treated infants, toddlers, teens, college students, middle-aged business executives, political figures, professional athletes and the elderly, and in doing so, I’m extremely proud of my track record, the results that I’ve delivered, and the reputation that I have developed within the community.

Acupuncture is recognized by the National Institute of Health (NIH) and the World Health Organization (WHO) to be effective in the treatment of a wide variety of medical problems. Below are some of the health concerns that acupuncture can effectively treat:

  • Addiction
  • Anxiety
  • Arthritis
  • Asthma
  • Bronchitis
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Chronic fatigue
  • Colitis
  • Common cold
  • Constipation
  • Dental pain
  • Depression
  • Diarrhea
  • Digestive trouble
  • Dizziness
  • Dysentery
  • Emotional problems
  • Eye problems
  • Facial palsy
  • Fatigue
  • Fertility
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Gingivitis
  • Headache
  • Hiccough
  • Incontinence
  • Indigestion
  • Irritable bowel syndrome
  • Low back pain
  • Menopause
  • Menstrual irregularities
  • Migraine
  • Morning sickness
  • Nausea
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Pain
  • PMS
  • Pneumonia
  • Reproductive problems
  • Rhinitis
  • Sciatica
  • Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
  • Shoulder pain
  • Sinusitis
  • Sleep disturbances
  • Smoking cessation
  • Sore throat
  • Stress
  • Tennis elbow
  • Tonsillitis
  • Tooth pain
  • Trigeminal neuralgia
  • Urinary tract infections
  • Vomiting
  • Wrist pain

Is acupuncture painful?

In short, no, acupuncture is not painful. The fact that acupuncture involves needles automatically gives people the impression that it’s going to be painful, but that couldn’t be further from the truth. In fact, approximately 20 acupuncture needles can fit into the tip of a common hypodermic needle. Pretty crazy, huh? But yes, acupuncture needles are sharp so people usually feel the initial pinch when it pierces the skin, but sensations of actual pain are highly uncommon and should not be experienced during any of your treatments here at AcuMediZen Acupuncture & Sports Medicine. Other common sensations that you can expect to feel during a session are dullness, heaviness, pressure, distension and occasional soreness.

 

How are we different from other acupuncture clinics?

Many acupuncturists practice what is known as Traditional Chinese Medicine or TCM. At AcuMediZen Acupuncture & Sports Medicine, I practice a more modern form of acupuncture which falls under the umbrella of medical acupuncture, neurofunctional acupuncture, sports acupuncture, and orthopedic acupuncture. My styles of acupuncture combine many traditional therapies and concepts but with a more modern scientific approach to the human body, the nervous system and their responses to pain, disease and dysfunction. At AcuMediZen Acupuncture & Sports Medicine, I utilize electro acupuncture in most of my treatments because I believe in the power of the human body to modulate, enhance or trigger the production and secretion of various neurochemicals to regulate physiology. Similar to a TCM practitioner, I seek to treat the root of your problem(s) whether they be musculoskeletal, autoimmune, gastrointestinal or respiratory in nature.

 

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