What can I expect on my first visit? Come a little early to fill out a little paperwork. We’ll talk about your goals for treatment, and then you’ll lie down on a comfortable massage table. I’ll insert the needles, usually on your head, ears, arms, legs, and sometimes on your back and/or belly. It’s best to wear shorts or stretchy pants that roll up easily, because I usually want to do points around your knees. Once the needles are in, you will have a nice nap for about 30 minutes. Most people find that they feel deeply relaxed during their treatment. It is best if you can schedule your treatment so that you can relax afterwards, rather than rushing back to a busy, stressful day.
How many treatments will I need? I generally recommend six weekly treatments to start with. In that time, most people experience an improvement in their symptoms and overall well-being. At the 6th treatment, we will discuss your progress and a treatment plan for going forward. Acute pain conditions typically respond quickly, while more chronic issues require more treatments. For women’s health issues such as PMS, heavy bleeding and irregular periods, the best plan is weekly treatments until symptoms are alleviated. Women usually see a big improvement in their cycles after a month of weekly treatments. Resolution of menstrual issues usually takes 2-3 months of weekly treatments.
Does acupuncture hurt? People are always surprised to find that acupuncture doesn’t hurt, and that it is deeply relaxing. Acupuncture needles are flexible and tiny, and are inserted very shallowly. If you ever feel more than a tiny pinch, please let me know so I can remove or adjust the needle. I want you to be completely comfortable during your treatment because part of acupuncture’s magic comes from the deep relaxation it induces.
What can acupuncture treat? Because it enhances your body’s ability to regulate all its functions, acupuncture is especially helpful for anything your doctor says you’ll just have to live with. I regularly see people get relief for the following conditions: sports injuries, plantar fasciitis, neck and shoulder pain, digestive disorders, anxiety, depression, fatigue, chronic pain, insomnia, migraines, PMS, menstrual cramps, excessive menstrual bleeding, menopausal symptoms, allergies, addictions, stress-related and autoimmune disorders.
Do you take insurance? I don’t currently do insurance billing, but I am happy to provide you with an invoice that you can submit to your insurance company. You can also use your Flexible Spending Account (FSA) to pay for acupuncture.
What forms of payment do you accept? Cash, checks, credit and debit cards.