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What is Acupuncture?

Acupuncture is a method of encouraging the body to promote natural healing and improve function. This is done by moving Qi (pronounced “chee”) around the body within the various meridian (organ) systems. Balance is of the utmost importance to maintain homeostasis.

What can it help with?

Research has shown Acupuncture to be helpful with the following:

  • Neck Pain
  • Low Back Pain
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Migraines and Headaches
  • Hypertension (High Blood Pressure) Reduction
  • Osteoarthritic Pain
  • Painful Periods and Irregular Periods
  • Sciatica
  • Tennis Elbow
  • Knee Pain
  •  TMJ Pain
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Bell’s Palsy
  • Chemo-Induced Nausea and Vomiting

Acupuncture can also help to maintain wellness and reduce stress and tension.

What does treatment consist of?

After an initial history and examination, needles are inserted at very precise acupuncture points. Most people feel little to no pain or irritation upon insertion. Needles are very thin and solid, nothing like a hypodermic needle used for blood collection. Needles are disposed after each use to ensure safety.

Treatment will be performed in a closed room. You might be able to lay down on a heated table or remain in a seated position for the duration of the treatment, usually 30-40 minutes. Most points will be between the elbows and hands or the knees and feet. However, if the back or chest points are used gowns will be provided. The time of the treatment should be used to relax or meditate and allow Qi to become more in balance.

How many treatments are needed?

This can depend upon the severity of pain or the length of the condition. However, a usual course is around 12 treatments. After your initial appointment, each treatment should last between 30-60 minutes.

Do I have to be a chiropractic patient too?

No! Acupuncture treatments can be done independently or in conjunction with chiropractic, massage, physical therapy, or any other treatment.

What is the cost?

The initial examination, history, and first treatment will be $90. Each follow-up treatment will be $45. However, if you are a current chiropractic patient and wish to add acupuncture on the same day as your chiropractic visit then the cost will be an additional $25 for acupuncture, after an initial acupuncture examination.

Would my Insurance cover Acupuncture?

Possibly. You would need to call your insurance company to answer this! However,  Dr. Vicki will not be “in-network” as an acupuncturist. Any coverage would then go toward your out-of-network benefits. The office can provide a receipt for you to submit to your insurance company for reimbursement, but our office will not submit any claims to any insurance company for acupuncture.

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