Acupuncture FAQs

Posted January 5th, 2010 by admin
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What does it feel like to be “needled” or “does acupuncture hurt”?

In our office, it will sometimes hurt when the needle is inserted but the feeling will dissipate quickly. Think more of pricking your skin with a sewing needle. Acupuncture needles are often described “as thin as a human hair” meaning they are so thin they almost don’t look like needles, so the pain is nothing like what you feel with a shot. The sharp pain subsides very quickly but a dull achy feeling can be felt while the needles are working for several minutes. This is a sign that the acupuncture is doing its job.

What is Rachel’s approach to Acupuncture?

Rachel’s approach to acupuncture is to assess the body with as little fuss as possible. She looks at the overall musculoskeletal system’s appearance and uses Ah Shi & traditional acupuncture points to bring the body back into alignment and balance.

What happens in a session?

Rachel will briefly talk with you about your condition and evaluate the best treatment for you. She will then place needles in the body at the appropriate points and leave the needles in for 15-30 minutes.

How many sessions will I need?

Most conditions are treated in 1-5 visits coming in once every week to two weeks. If your condition has persisted for a long time it may take several (5-10) treatments to get rid of the condition. If the condition is recent, the number of treatments may be as a little as one. There should be demonstrable results after your first treatment so you know it is effective. If you do not see results after 1-2 treatments, Rachel will suggest other therapies that may be more effective for you.

Does insurance cover acupuncture?

Yes, Many Policies Do, Find Out More »

What kind of care will I need after a treatment?

On the day of treatment give yourself a break. Take the day off from exercise, strenuous activity, heavy lifting and anything that makes the condition worse. We suggest that you drink extra water, eat extra protein, and use the application of heat to alleviate any soreness felt. It is not uncommon to be sore, like you would after a strenuous workout for 12 hours or so after being needled.

How does Rachel know where to put the needles?

Rachel has a master’s degree in Chinese Medicine and over 15 years and 100s of hours of experience with treating clients. She has a highly developed sense of where on the body the needles need to go to assist her patient’s bodies in healing.

Can I exercise, do my physical therapy, massage, etc. afterwards?

No. It is best to wait at least 24 hours after treatment to allow the acupuncture to settle in. If you are seeking treatment due to an injury from an activity such as running or standing it is best to avoid or limit doing the activity that caused the injury until treatment is complete.

Will I notice a difference right after?

In most cases you will notice at least a 30% difference within a few hours of treatment. If you don’t, then possibly acupuncture is not the appropriate treatment for your illness/condition.

Can acupuncture treat my condition?

Rachel will assist patients with:

  • Chronic Conditions: Arthritis, Asthma, Back Pain, Gastrointestinal Upsets, Headaches, Migraines, idiopathic musculoskeletal pain and other aches and pains of the body.
  • Neurological issues: Bell’s Palsy, Trigeminal Neuralgia, Shingles, Peripheral Neuropathy, Post Polio Syndrome, and sometimes familial tremor and tinnitus.
  • Female Issues: PMS, painful periods, menopause, and menstrual Migraines.

Conditions in which the symptoms can be treated, but the illness cannot be cured:

  • Chronic Fatigue
  • Hepatitis
  • Lupus
  • Chemotherapy & Radiation effects

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