Does Acupuncture hurt?
No. Acupuncture needles are as thin as a hair. They don’t hurt like hypodermic needles, however the objective is to elicit a sensation by needling. This sensation is important for achieving good results and is different for all. Some say it’s a heavy feeling, some say it feels like bubbles rising, and others say it felt like a small electrical discharge. Some patients say “…it hurts a little, but it feels so good”. The sensation is very therapeutic.
Is Acupuncture safe?
Acupuncture is completely safe so long as Clean Needle Technique is implemented at all times. The needles come in single use sterile packets that are recycled in a red bio-hazard sharps container and properly disposed of for a fee. There should be no loose or opened packages of needles laying around, and all needles that were opened are either used or disposed of immediately.
How to prepare for a treatment?
There’s no need for any special preparations. Come as you are. However, if you wish to be more cozy and comfy, unlike a doctors office you may come wearing clothes that can expose your legs at least right above your knees, your abdomen, your arms up to the shoulders and a hair band if needed.
Is it covered by my insurance?
Under certain circumstances most insurance covers it.
How often should I get treatments?
The frequency of your treatment is determined based on your complaint. For regular maintenance once every two weeks is ideal. In case of chronic pain 2xweek for at least 4 weeks should get you to the point where after a reevaluation you can taper it down to 1xweek for another 4 weeks, than reassess. Rule of thumb: severe problems should be treated frequently, less severe and energetic balancing can be treated less frequently.
For how long do I need to get acupuncture?
You can get acupuncture for as long as you need it. In rare occasions some complaints can get resolved in one treatment, but generally the treatments need to be stacked up. Imagine you getting better is like riding on a skate board. The first treatment should give you a momentum toward getting better, but as the days go by the momentum slows down. If you stop treatment, your recovery stops as well and you may end up back where you started. To keep the momentum going you must get treatment again, and again until you recover. Some conditions are chronic and can get significantly better, but they never completely go away. In these cases you need to maintain treatment regularly to keep the disease in check. For how long you get acupuncture is totally up to you, but it is based on your complaint.