Frequently Asked Questions
Is it painful?
Believe it or not, acupuncture is not a painful experience. The needles that are used are 1/40 the size of a traditional hypodermic needle that is used for blood draws. These needles are hair-thin and are barely felt upon insertion.
What does it feel like?
Most people feel a dull, achy, heavy sensation after the needles are placed. We love when people feel this; this is the quintessential acupuncture sensation that has been written about for thousands of years. Others feel warm, tingly sensations and others feel absolutely nothing. What you feel during the treatment has little bearing on the effects of the treatment.
What do I need to wear?
Whatever you are wearing for the day will be just fine. Some treatments require the removal of some clothing but you will be face down under sheets, similar to when getting a massage. For other treatments, we may have you lift up your pant legs and roll up your sleeves. Some people prefer to wear comfy clothes to be more relaxed but even a suit and tie is not a problem.
Are there any restrictions after the treatment?
Nope. We usually ask that you don’t perform the activities that have caused you the pain we are trying to relieve. In other words, if you hurt your shoulder at the gym doing overhead presses, skip the shoulder exercises for a couple of days. The majority of people leave our office feeling relaxed and ready to continue on with their daily activities.
How many sessions do I need?
Acupuncture and cupping work best when treatments are stacked closely together for the first few sessions and then scheduled further apart as your symptoms improve. Typically treatments are one time a week for the first few weeks and then gradually spaced out until we are on a maintenance plan or have healed the issue completely. A course of treatment generally consists of 5-6 sessions for a more recent complain and 10-12 for a long-standing chronic condition. For more information about your specific issue, send us an email or phone call.
Is it covered by insurance?
In a word, maybe.
While some insurance companies are beginning to offer coverage for acupuncture, our clinic is not in network with them. The majority of insurance companies are still not covering acupuncture or are covering it with limitations to what you can be treated for.
We do accept HSA or FSA dollars and we can provide you with a “superbill” for reimbursement from your insurance company if applicable.