Frequently Asked Questions
Does Acupuncture Hurt?
Acupuncture is virtually painless. The most common reaction we hear after inserting the first needle is, “Oh, that’s it? I didn’t even feel it!” A momentary prick may be felt as the needle is first inserted, followed by a brief sensation of dull pressure, tingling, or warmth. This indicates the activation of your body’s qi, or energy. We’ll be sure to monitor your comfort level to ensure a pleasant experience. Most people are amazed by how relaxed they feel during treatment. Many become so relaxed they often fall asleep!
Is Acupuncture Safe?
As long as a competent practitioner performs acupuncture, it is extremely safe. Acupuncturists are required to use disposable needles that are discarded into a medical sharps container after one use, so there is no risk of cross-infection. Acupuncturists are also well trained in anatomy, needling depth and clean needle technique to ensure your safety.
Can Acupuncture Help With My Health Problems?
Please see the list of conditions our practitioners have successfully treated with acupuncture. If you do not see your health concern listed here, it doesn’t mean we can’t help! Please contact us and we will be glad to talk with you.
Do I have to believe in acupuncture for it to work?
No. While having a positive attitude helps with any type of treatment, conventional or otherwise, it is not necessary to “believe” in acupuncture for it to work. As a matter of fact, many of our happiest patients are those who were extremely skeptical in the beginning, and had fantastic results anyway! Proof also lies in the successful treatment of animals and small children with acupuncture who cannot be considered to “believe” in its effectiveness.
How many acupuncture treatments will I need?
This is unique to the individual and depends on a number of factors such as duration and severity of your ailment, your overall health, and your lifestyle. All of the information gathered in the New Patient Exam is used to recommend an initial course of acupuncture treatment. For most chronic conditions, visits are scheduled twice weekly for 2-6 weeks in order to determine your body’s response to acupuncture. The goal of your initial phase of treatment is alleviation of symptoms. Your pain, or other main symptom, may be reduced or entirely relieved from the very first treatment, or it may improve more gradually over time.
Our promise to you is this: We will do everything we know to help you feel better; however, if you do not respond favorably to acupuncture during this time, we will discharge you from care, and will not waste your time, our time, and your money promising results we cannot deliver
Do I stop when I feel better?
Assuming you are feeling better and are noticing positive changes in your health and wellbeing, continuing to come for treatment will deepen the healing process beyond the mere alleviation of symptoms. At this point, we expand our focus on the underlying imbalances that caused your symptoms to appear. Although some people choose to stop treatment once their pain or main symptom is gone, many choose to schedule additional visits because they understand the enormous benefit continued care provides for their long-term health. Treatments in this phase may be reduced to weekly or bi-weekly depending on the individual. Keep in mind; if you’ve had a health problem for more than a few years, it may take some time and effort to create optimal wellbeing. But considering the alternative, we think you’re worth the investment!
Once you have obtained maximum benefit from treatment, you may choose to move on to Wellness Care. Wellness treatments are designed to maintain your results, keep your body healthy and prevent disease. Depending on your needs, Wellness treatments are given once monthly or quarterly, at the change of seasons.
Do I have to be sick to benefit from acupuncture?
Absolutely not! Acupuncture is the best preventive medicine. If you’re not currently experiencing any health problems, we can help your keep it that way! More and more people are discovering that it’s much easier, safer and cost effective to maintain good health while you have it. Imagine your car…. it runs smoother, performs better, and has fewer problems when you keep it well-maintained rather than neglecting it and then having to pay for extensive and expensive repairs down the road. You might even have to trade it in prematurely for a newer model because it has too many problems and it’s not worth fixing…. well, you don’t have that option with your body!
Before and After Treatment
Acupuncture isn’t really into hard-and-fast rules. What works for one person does not necessarily work for another. This is the beauty of acupuncture—each treatment is custom-fit to each individual patient’s current state of health. However, there are some general rules of thumb when it comes to preparing for an acupuncture appointment. These simple guidelines are aimed at improving the treatment experience and outcome for most people. Are you ready to get the most out of your next acupuncture treatment?
- Schedule your appointment wisely; avoid squeezing in an acupuncture treatment between two other events, as tight scheduling might stress you out during the treatment.
- Use the restroom prior to your appointment; we want you to feel as comfortable as possible.
- Wear loose, comfortable clothing with sleeves that can be rolled up to the elbows and pants that can be rolled up to the knees.
- Eat a little something beforehand. Acupuncture is not recommended on an empty or full stomach.
- Do not consume alcoholic beverages at least 8 hours prior to treatment. If possible, avoid caffeine as well.
- Refrain from exposing yourself to the elements or any strenuous activities before receiving treatment. Gentle exercise, such as gentle yoga, or walking is best.
- Turn off your phone.
- Refrain from exposing yourself to the elements or any strenuous activities after receiving treatment. Relax or take a nap! Be good to yourself!
- Eat lightly for the rest of the day; avoid alcohol, greasy, or spicy foods. Eat good food!
- Drink plenty of water!
- Write down any changes in the way you feel so that you can report them to your acupuncturist upon your next visit.