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I hate needles. How does acupuncture feel?

 

Most people are surprised how mild the acupuncture experience feels. Unlike needles used for injections in Western Medicine, acupuncture needles are about as fine as a human hair.

 

Upon insertion of the needle you may feel a sensation of heaviness, pulling, a mild ache or quick electrical sensation. Once all the needles are placed most people feel very relaxed and often fall asleep.

 

How long are the needles left in during a treatment?

 

Commonly the needles are left in for 20-30 minutes.

 

Are there any side effects?

 

Because we are not adding anything or taking away from the body using acupuncture any kind of adverse reaction or side effect is rare. Multiple studies have been done confirming the safety of acupuncture.

 

How many treatments will be required?

 

Of course this depends on the conditions of each individual case. Generally in order to give acupuncture a fair chance 6-8 treatments will tell us whether or not this therapy is effective for you. This gives me the chance to try different things if necessary. I expect change to happen well within this timeframe.

 

Is there anything I should do before or after my treatment?

 

Eating a light meal before coming in is a good idea. Afterwards, unless rest is indicated you can resume normal daily and exercise activities. Sometimes stretching or other therapies will be offered as homework.

 

How long does a treatment take?

 

Appointments are generally one hour. This gives time for the acupuncture treatments as well as other therapies that may be included.

 

Does medical insurance cover acupuncture?

 

We are a preferred provider for several insurance plans including Blue Cross, Blue Shield, Cigna, Healthnet, United Healthcare, Aetna. If you are not sure if your insurance plan has an acupuncture benefit please call us and we will help to verify this for you. We also handle worker's compensation and personal injury cases.

 

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