Acupuncture is a medical system that has been used to diagnose, treat and prevent illness for over 2,000 years. Acupuncture is proven to remedy acute or chronic ailments, relieve pain, enhance recuperative powers, and strengthen the immune system.
A typical treatment consists of a short evaluation of your symptoms, followed by 30-45 minutes of relaxation while the acupuncture needles are inserted and left to rest.
Initial consultation (60 minutes) – $100
Follow-up visits (60 minutes) – $65
How does acupuncture work?
In traditional Chinese Medicine, a vital life force called “Qi” (pronounced “chee”) flows through all things. In western culture it is often referred to as “energy.” Energy (Qi) flows along specific pathways in the human body called “meridians,” which are related to the organs, the muscular system, and nervous system. When the balance of this energy is disturbed due to trauma, poor diet, medications, stress, hereditary conditions, environmental factors, or excessive emotional issues, then pain or illness can result. Acupuncture corrects these imbalances by the insertion of needles into certain points along the course of the meridians. This stimulation helps restore the normal balance and flow of Qi, which facilitates the body’s natural ability to heal itself.
What conditions can acupuncture treat?
- Arthritis/Joint Problems
- Back Pain
- Bladder/Kidney Problems
- Childhood Illnesses
- Cosmetic Indications
- Frozen Shoulder
- Gastrointestinal Disorders
- Gynecological Disorders
- Heart Problems/Palpitations
- High Blood Pressure
- Immune System Deficiency
- Knee Pain
- Menopausal Discomfort
- Neck Pain/Stiffness
- Pre-Menstrual Syndrome
- Shoulder Pain
- Skin Problems
- Sports Injuries
- Stop Smoking
- Stress/Tension Headaches/Migraines
- TMJ Disorders
- Visual Problems
What is acupuncture treatment like?
Extremely fine, hair-thin, flexible, single-use sterilized disposable needles are placed at specific points on the body. When the needles are inserted you may experience a sensation of tingling or warmth. People are surprised to find that treatments are actually quite relaxing.
Is it safe?
Yes – the needles are FDA approved, individually packaged, pre-sterilized and disposed after a single use.
How long do the treatments take?
In most situations treatments take between 30 and 60 minutes. The length of the treatment depends on the individual conditions of the patient.
How many treatments will I need?
The length and frequency of a treatment will vary for each individual and will be determined by your acupuncturist. Factors that contribute to treatment frequency are the condition you are being treated for, the severity and duration of the condition, and your individual response to acupuncture. As you improve, fewer visits are required. Your acupuncturist will discuss your treatment plan with you, since each individual is different.
How quickly will I notice a difference?
Some individuals notice a difference during or immediately following their first acupuncture treatment. Other individuals will take up to 4-6 weeks to notice improvements. We recommend a treatment plan of at least once a week, for 4-6 weeks consistently, followed by a re-evaluation to determine your continued course of treatment.
Will it conflict with my medications?
Acupuncture will not conflict with any of your medications. Acupuncture is used to complement and supplement your physician’s treatments, NOT TO REPLACE THEM. You should discuss this issue with your physician and acupuncturist.
What should I wear to my acupuncture treatment?
You will be laying on an acupuncture table (face-up or face-down) for approximately 45 minutes. Please wear loose fitting, comfortable clothing.
Will insurance cover my acupuncture treatments?
Insurance coverage for acupuncture varies drastically between providers and plans; call your specific insurance provider to determine if your plan covers acupuncture. Family Wellness Center currently does not bill insurance providers, however, we would be more than happy to provide you with any paper necessary to help ease the process. Additionally, acupuncture is considered a qualifying medical expense under most Flexible Spending Account (FSA) and Health Saving Account (HSA) plans. Contact your plan to see if acupuncture qualifies.