What to expect from my first acupuncture appointment?
During the first acupuncture appointment information will be obtained regarding the patient's medical history, and discussion of body systems and symptoms to establish the root cause(s) for the patient's main complaint(s). Depending on the symptoms a physical exam may be done, which involves palpation of the abdomen and/or along the energy channels on the arms and legs. The first acupuncture treatment will be then be completed. At the patient's follow up appointment the acupuncturist will share with the patient the Chinese medical diagnosis and the treatment plan.
What should I wear to my acupuncture appointments?
Feel free to wear whatever you are comfortable in, you do not have to wear anything in particular. Some patients wear loose clothing and layers but sheets are used for draping in case clothing needs to be removed.
What types of conditions can be helped with acupuncture?
Acupuncture has been found to be safe and effective for all ages and has been shown to help many conditions such as:
•Anxiety & Stress
•Arthritis & Osteoarthritis
•Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
•Headache & Migraine
•Irritable Bowel Syndrome
•Low Back Pain
•Menstrual irregularities & PMS
To see the complete list of conditions recognized by the World Health Organization
I don't like needles, does acupuncture hurt?
Acupuncture needles are not like hypodermic needles used in doctor's offices and in hospitals. Acupuncture needles are as thin as a strand of hair. Some patients experience a slight sensation that may be felt at the initial insertion but after that the needles do not cause pain. Some patients feel sensations at the needle site such as heaviness, warmth, and tingling.
How many acupuncture appointments will be needed?
Unfortunately, it is difficult to give an exact number since it depends on many factors such as, the patients age, is this an acute or chronic condition, lifestyle, and severity. Usually by the third or fourth treatment there is a shift in symptoms.
Ideally treatments are weekly and then spaced out as the patient progresses until maintenance appointments are done monthly or on an as needed basis. Patient's with severe and chronic pain conditions may initially need to be seen more than once a week.
Does health insurance cover acupuncture?
It depends on your insurance plan. If you are unsure simply contact your health insurance company. Vitality Acupuncture and Wellness is an in-network provider with Cigna and Carefirst BlueCross BlueShield insurance. This excludes Facial Rejuvenation Acupuncture which is not covered by insurance due to the cosmetic nature of the treatment.