Acupuncture is another proven form of alternative healthcare—it’s one of the oldest forms of alternative medicine used to treat a broad range of conditions, and it encourages self-healing. Its premise is based on the idea that the body’s functions are regulated by the proper flow of energy through the body (known as qi [chi]). By inserting needles into specific acupuncture points throughout the body, acupuncture promotes the proper flow of qi and in turn promotes health.
I completed my Chiropractic Acupuncture curriculum at Northwestern Health Sciences University shortly after graduating from Palmer College of Chiropractic in 2010.
I practice primarily with the use of acupuncture needles rather than moxa or herbal remedies. The use of thin, sterile, disposable, stainless steel needles promotes restoration of the body’s proper flow of energy. I also use electro-acupuncture, which involves a tool that sends electric impulse through to the needles. I also use it as a tool to relax muscles, which has proven effective with many of my current patients.
Although acupuncture can be used for a wide array of conditions, it is most commonly used to treat:
- Low back pain
- Plantar fasciitis
- Allergies/sinus congestion
- Upper back pain
- Neck pain
- Shoulder pain
- Foot numbness
- Muscle tension
How long will it take? Usually the entire treatment lasts about 30-45 minutes. I will insert the needles and then attach the electro-acupuncture machine, if necessary. The needles will be left in for 20-30 minutes depending on the focus of the treatment. If there is muscle tightness, I will then perform some quick myofascial release work in the area in the form gua sha using either Relaxation or Ortho Sport massage oil as a medium to further promote muscle relaxation.
What should I wear? Acupuncture points are located all over the human body which is why it is necessary to have access to as much surface area as possible. I recommend you wear loose, comfortable clothing so it can easily be moved if necessary. Shorts and tank tops are most ideal because they allow for the most skin exposure. Gowns are also available, if necessary.
How many treatments will I need? There is no simple answer. Some people see results in as little as one session while others may take a few sessions. I usually recommend two treatments in the first week; if you respond favorably, frequency may be adjusted.
Will it hurt? When the needles are inserted, it is common for patients not to feel the needle because they are inserted in a location with muscle and fat tissue; however, others may feel a subtle pin prick sensation that goes away quickly after insertion.
Does insurance cover acupuncture treatment? Most insurance policies do not cover acupuncture; however, you can use your flexible spending account or health savings account to cover expenses. If you do have a policy that covers acupuncture, the office will submit it to insurance on your behalf. Acupuncture is not covered by Medicare or Medicaid.
Late Cancellation & No Show Policy
Acupuncture requires a large amount of my time to be blocked on my schedule. Due to high demand and respect for not only myself, but also my other clients I must enforce the following policy:
- Cancellation with at least 24 hours notice no fee is given.
- Cancellation within 24 hours of appointment patient is charged a $25 fee.
- If you do not show for you scheduled appointment you will be charged a $50 fee.
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