Acupuncture is a form of Medicine that has been used for thousands of years. It involves inserting single-use and pre-sterilized needles into various points on the body. The needles help to reduce inflammation and influence both circulation and a variety of neurotransmitters that will stimulate your body to make a change. Acupuncture is a WHOLE BODY therapy, so while you may be coming in for a specific symptom, it is still important to know how your entire body is working. Understanding the environment that lead to your symptom(s) will help us understand how to influence it. Using a series of questions and other evaluations, an acupuncturist will review your condition, isolate the imbalances in your system and work with you to form a treatment plan that will help you regain health.
Does it hurt?
It CAN hurt but that is not typical. Rest assured your comfort is always considered throughout the treatment. Acupuncture is not SENSATION FREE but most people do not think it is painful. The feeling is often described as a throbbing or warm sensation, similar to a mosquito bite. A treatment will be customized to your needs and your sensitivity level. There are many treatment options available including superficial needle insertions, and minimal needle stimulation.
What Should I expect at my appointment: At your first appointment you will have a consultation and a treatment. This appointment will last approximately 90 minutes. During the consultation you will discuss your concerns and review your Health History. Please wear loose-fitting and comfortable clothing to your appointment. Please, no skinny jeans or tight leggings. Generally, the consultation takes about 30 minutes and the treatment can take anywhere from 30-60 minutes (depending on your comfort level). Acupuncture is not a therapy where more time equates to a better result. It takes about 30 minutes for the body to receive the treatment. However, most patients report feeling very relaxed and prefer to stay for longer. The average amount of time is 45 minutes. During your first appointment you may want to decide whether you would like to move forward in a private treatment setting or if you would like to transition to the community/group treatment setting.
When coming for a follow up treatment, you will not have another consultation. Thus, you will go into the assigned treatment space and the practitioner will briefly discuss your progress since your last appointment. Then your needles will be inserted and you may rest for the remainder of your appointment.
How does it work? What do the needles do?
The great thing about acupuncture is that your body does most of the work. There is nothing “in” the needle. The needles are simply used to stimulate acupuncture points/channels. The needle breaking your skin will help alert your body to bring some attention to the area being treated- either directly or indirectly.
How many treatments will I need?
This is a very common question. Unfortunately, there is no set answer. Since acupuncture considers the imbalances of the WHOLE body and each person is different, results are not standard. Generally speaking, chronic conditions will take longer for results and acute conditions can typically be resolved quicker. Acupuncture has a cumulative effect. The more frequently you receive treatment, the faster things will change. Typically people notice some change following the first treatment but a series of 8-10 treatments is recommended before deciding whether or not to continue with treatment.
What conditions does acupuncture treat?
Acupuncture can treat a multitude of health conditions. Many people seek treatment for stress, anxiety, migraines, chronic pain, fatigue, Fibromyalgia, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Crohn's Disease, arthritis, back pain, sciatica, neck pain, insomnia, diabetes, sexual dysfunction, depression, cold and flu, allergies, asthma, autoimmune conditions, nausea, constipation, diarrhea, heavy or painful periods, amenorrhea, reproductive health, menopausal symptoms and many, many more. Acupuncture can also be helpful to manage the side effects of Cancer treatments as well as addiction.
Are you Handicap Accessible? Yes! We are located on the first floor. However, there are a few stairs (and no ramp) at the front entrance. Should you require the use of an elevator, please park at the rear of the building and use that entrance. Take the elevator to the first floor and our suite is right next to the elevator.
How Much Does it Cost? Fees: New Patient Appointment: $100 All patients will be required to have a New Patient Appointment. This includes a full consultation and your first treatment. This treatment will be done in a private treatment area. After the first appointment, you may chose to continue treatment in a private room or in the community/group room.
Add On: Add cupping to an Acupuncture Treatment: + $25 Payment Methods: We accept: cash, check, all major credit cards, gift certificates and Health Savings Accounts (HSA). You will be required to keep a valid credit card on file. It will only be charged in the event of unpaid fees.
Insurance: We are currently out of network for all insurance providers. Please check back frequently for updates.
Cancellation Policy: We require 24 hour notice for canceling or rescheduling an appointment. A $25 fee will be applied if less than 24 hours is given. Returned check fee is $25.