Will it hurt?
Acupuncture needles are solid, made of stainless steel, and with an extremely fine point. The fineness of the needles allow them to swiftly slip into the tissue easily and without discomfort. Most people experience no sensation upon needle insertion. If sensation is felt, it is described as a feeling of distention, heaviness, or a mild ache.
Is acupuncture safe?
Yes, acupuncture is very safe. All needles are pre-sterilized and disposable. There are very few side-effects of treatment, other than possible bruising at the site of insertion, and that is quite rare.
What should I feel after the treatment?
Some patients may experience an increase in energy after the treatment due to the acupuncture stimulation. Others may experience a great sense of relaxation as inner tension is released and body and mind relax.
When do I feel better?
Response to acupuncture treatment varies. Some patients respond with a single treatment while others may need three or even more treatments before experiencing change. Usually the effect of treatment will be noticed within twenty-four hours, the time it takes for the body’s energies to make one complete circuit.
How many treatments will be required?
In the beginning of care, we generally recommend 2 treatments a week for 2 weeks. Then we re-evaluate. After your body starts regulating and gaining function itself, then your treatments will be gradually tapered so that there are longer intervals between treatments. Many patients choose to stay on a monthly or quarterly wellness program to keep their body in balance and reduce the effects of accumulated stress, wear-and tear, or the aging process.
Does insurance cover acupuncture?
Auto accident injuries are covered 100% with no referral required. Work related injuries are covered with a physician’s referral. UHA and HMAA have acupuncture as a core benefit. Kaiser has an acupuncture rider available. Some Union health plans such as IBEW-PECA and Mason’s Trust Fund also have coverage. Please inquire directly with your insurance company to verify your benefits.