1. What is acupuncture?
Acupuncture is a vital part of Chinese medicine, the oldest system of health care known. It has been around for over 3,000 years. It regulates the body’s ability to heal through the stimulation of different sites on the body with a very fine needle. The results include specific and measurable chemical, electrical and functional changes. For the patient, that response produces decreasing symptoms that last for increasingly longer amounts of time.
2. Will acupuncture hurt?
There may be a slight pinch as the needle is inserted but for a lot of points used the needle can in inserted without the patient even realising it. Very fine surgical steel needles are used. Since they are solid and very thin, they can be inserted without the discomfort that is typically associated with a needle. Once the needle has been inserted, the therapist will then obtain the acupuncture sensation, which can be varied and any of the following: numbness, tingling, heaviness, dragging or just an “unusual” sensation.
Our experienced hands also help to make the whole treatment pleasant.
3. Is acupuncture safe?
Acupuncture is an extremely safe therapeutic procedure. Our experience, training and remaining current in the profession ensure you are being given the best care possible.
Your safety and well-being is our primary concern. We use the highest-quality disposable equipment available. We encourage our patients to continue all current treatments, therapies and medications as advised by their physician.
4. Will acupuncture work for me?
We understand why most of our patients seek help from our clinic.
Typically, they are using acupuncture as an adjunctive therapy to enhance the health care they are receiving or because standard therapies, medications and treatments have been ineffective.
Others are seeking a more natural treatment as a way to regain control of their own health. Whatever your reason might be we will treat you the way we like to be treated ourselves.
Your case will be approached in a sensible and practical way. We will start with a treatment-trial to determine if acupuncture will work for you. As the treatments progress a cumulative response should be realized, with subsequent treatments scheduled accordingly.
Today more people than ever seek help from acupuncture because it:
- Relieves pain
- Helps normalize functional disorders
- Alleviates nausea
- Reduces inflammation
- Boosts immune system
- Reduces nicotine and drug addiction
- Promotes whole-body healing
- Integrates well with traditional medical care
5. What will happen during the first visit?
During your first visit you will learn if acupuncture is an appropriate treatment for your condition. A specific number of treatments will be recommended to serve as a trial to determine if your case will respond to acupuncture. You will also have a clear understanding of ways to assess your progress and when to expect results.
6. What is a typical treatment like?
During a typical treatment you will experience minute disposable needles being gently inserted into the skin at specific sites on the body. Because they are extremely thin you will usually only feel a mild sensation. Occasionally either manual rotation or electrical stimulation generating a soft, painless current is applied to add additional stimulation.
Your treatment will typically last 20 minutes. Often, a feeling of pleasant relaxation or general well-being follows a treatment.
7. How long does a treatment last?
An initial visit typically lasts for about 45-60 minutes. Each treatment after that lasts for about 30 minutes. We try to stay on time because your time is as valuable as ours.
8. How many treatments will it take?
The number of treatments that you will need will vary according to your condition. One or two treatments may be sufficient for some acute conditions. Chronic problems usually require a longer treatment period with results not evident until after a few treatments.
Acupuncture treatments produce a cumulative effect with time, so you will be able to increase the duration of time between visits as the results build.
9. How long will the results last?
This varies with the individual. Initially the results are short-lived and subtle. Subsequent treatments should provide longer-lasting and greater degrees of improvement. The response will accelerate as the treatments progress.
10. Will acupuncture cure my problem?
The treatments themselves do not cure a condition. They can, however, help a patient heal a condition by stimulating the patient’s natural mechanism for healing.
11. Any other recommendations to help the treatments?
Nutritional, herbal and other therapies are often recommended as a way of enhancing the treatment.
We will often recommend adjunctive therapies to enhance your care that include Chinese herbal formulas, nutritional support products, allergy testing, nutritional consultation, stress management, lifestyle changes,
12. Do you guarantee results?
No. We do, however, guarantee that we will try our best to help you. We also will treat you the way we would like to be treated ourselves. We will always tell you if we don’t think we can help you. At the initial consultation we will give you an estimate of how many visits it should take to see an improvement where possible.
13. Are your needles disposable?
Absolutely! We protect you as well as we protect ourselves.
14. Are there any side effects?
After treatment, it is normal not to see the full benefit of the treatment for 24 – 48 hours after the visit. After treatment it is normal to experience a feeling of relaxation and well-being. A lot of patients experience a very good nights sleep after acupuncture. It is normal to experience a very deep, healing, relaxing sleep after acupuncture. It is our belief that the body does most of its healing while asleep. Other than this there are no bad side effects of acupuncture.
15. How often will I need to be treated?
We will recommend a schedule of treatments that will provide the fastest response. The frequency varies by the case. As our patients are feeling better, they are expected to increase the time between visits. This process is continued until there is no longer a need for treatment, or until maximum improvement is realized.
16. How long will I have to be treated?
This varies with each case. Fortunately, in a relatively short time patients are able to discern if the treatments are effective . At that point there should be greater improvement noted that lasts for longer periods of time. Since our patients schedule their treatments on an as-needed basis, they are able to increase the amount of time between visits.
17. Is this a cure or just a temporary block?
Acupuncture does not block pain. It relieves it. This explains why it usually takes a few visits for the results to manifest.
18. Will insurance pay?
Currently VHI, Quinn, VIVAS, HSA cover acupuncture and all of our therapists are recognised by these companies. We do however recommend that you check with your insurance company prior to starting treatment to confirm that your individual policy covers it. Patients can also claim tax relief on a Med 1 form.
19. What about Chinese herbs?
Herbs are an essential part of Chinese medicine. Often, herbal formulas are recommended to facilitate the results of treatment.
We use the safest and the highest-quality formulas available. All of our products have been tested and meet the strictest biological, ecological and environmental standards.
20. If it works will I always have to continue treatments?
No. As our patients realize results from the treatments, they are able to add more time between treatments until they stop needing treatment or have reached maximum medical improvement.
Some patients do find that they need an occasional treatment to boost the treatment results if activities or time cause the condition to return or increase.