Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ's)
What is acupuncture?
Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine is the oldest holistic therapy in the world. It is a simple, safe, and extremely effective form of health care. Acupuncture practitioners use thin, sterile disposable needles inserted superficially into specific areas of the body in order to stimulate the body's built-in healing mechanisms. Over the last three decades, acupuncture has gained popularity in the United States and has been proven by an increasing body of scientific evidence to not only be safe but statistically effective as well.
How does acupuncture work/help?
Quite simply, acupuncture stimulates our body’s built-in healing mechanisms. This is done largely by modulating the central nervous system which, in turn, creates a cascade effect in the body. These effects improve bodily communication (hormones), blood circulation (improving oxygen saturation to the cells), and stimulates the release of our built-in pain killers such as endorphins. By stimulating these systems in the body, acupuncture can help to resolve pain, improve sleep, digestive function, and create a sense of well-being.
Why would I want to get acupuncture?
People receive acupuncture for many different reasons. The most common ailments presented to an acupuncturist tend to be pain-related conditions. For example, arthritis, back, neck, knee and shoulder pain, carpal tunnel syndrome and sciatica. Along with pain, Traditional Chinese Medicine is a complete medical system that is capable of diagnosing and successfully treating a wide range of conditions including: Athletic sprain/strain, acute back and/or neck strain, temporal mandibular disorder (TMJ), Bell's palsy, headaches (including migraines), palpitations, early stages of cold/flu, asthma, tendonitis, arthritis, insomnia (poor sleep), Raynaud's syndrome, anxiety, high levels of stress, addictions, irritable bowel syndrome, reflux, hemorrhoids, many gynecological issues (including PMS), herpes zoster (shingles) and pre-/post-surgery for accelerated healing.
(NOTE: This is by no means a complete list of what Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine can treat.)
Is acupuncture safe?
Yes, acupuncture is very safe when performed by licensed acupuncturists with proper training. Arizona acupuncture practitioners are regulated bythe State of Arizona Acupuncture Board of Examiners. Acupuncturists typically receive 1500 - 2000 hours of training and clinical time to ensure the safe and proper application of acupuncture needles. Acupuncture does carry risks of injury when not applied appropriately. To minimize risk potential, make sure you receive acupuncture from a practitioner with the proper training. It is also important to inform your practitioner of your medical history, medications, or if you are pregnant or could possibly be pregnant. In some situations, acupuncture treatment may not be appropriate for you.
Is acupuncture painful?
Acupuncture is usually a very comfortable treatment. The needles are very fine stainless steel and designed to minimize discomfort upon insertion. Everyone experiences acupuncture differently, but most feel no to little discomfort as the needles are inserted. You may experience a mild aching sensation or warmth around the needle site.
How many sessions of treatment will I need?
In most situations, people start to feel a significant difference within one to two treatments, but some take longer to respond depending on the condition being treated. If no difference is felt by the end of the fifth treatment, then chances are likely that acupuncture is not a good solution. Acute injuries (or post-surgical pain) typically respond quickly as acupuncture is a great aid to speedier recovery with less chance of the injury becoming chronic. Chronic injuries or conditions often need more sessions while the body is adjusting back to a more normal or balanced state. Frequency of treatment is quite dependent on the situation as each person has unique medical histories. Once your practitioner gets to know you and your situation, they can advise you on the best course of treatment.
What are your fees?
Payment at time of service:
$95 for New Patient visit (please allow for 1.5 hours)
$75 follow-up visits (please allow 1.0 hour)
How should I prepare for my appointment?
- Come with any questions you have, we're here to help you.
- Wear loose, comfortable clothing for easy access to acupuncture points.
- Don't eat large meals just before or after your visit.
- Refrain from overexertion, drugs, or alcohol for up to 6 hours after the visit.
- Avoid stressful situations. Make time to relax and be sure to get plenty of rest.
- Between visits, take notes of any changes that you may have experienced.
Is ‘dry-needling’ the same as acupuncture?
Yes and no. Dry-needling utilizes thick acupuncture needles in knotted muscles to get them to release. This is usually known as ‘trigger point release’. Performed by physical therapists, the process is usually quite aggressive and can be painful. Dry-needling, in our opinion, is but one small part or technique of acupuncture. Much like a carpenter has a tool belt full of tools for various needs, the acupuncturist has many techniques at their disposal to get the job done. We strongly recommend that if you should decide to use dry-needling (or acupuncture) make sure your therapist has had more than the basic training required and they have good experience. The same goes for your acupuncturist, we recommend a Licensed Acupuncturist (L.Ac.) as they have significant training in the use and proper application of acupuncture needles. Follow this link to see a comparison of training of the various professional licensures that allow acupuncture within their scope of practice: https://www.ccaom.org/ccaom/Know_Your_Acupuncturist.asp
Do you have other questions or concerns not addressed in the questions above?
Please don’t hesitate to call us with questions. You can also utilize the Contact Us Form to send an email via the website. We will reply ASAP!
We do offer a Free 15-minute consultation; this gives you an opportunity to ask questions so that we may able to determine if acupuncture is the right choice for you.