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Medical Acupuncture

Medical Acupuncture

Acupuncture involves positioning very thin needles on various points of the body depending on the symptoms or pain of the patient. Placement of the needles draws energy to the desired areas and allows for positive energy flow. Acupuncture is a complementary medical practice that can help alleviate pain or help treat various health conditions.

Conditions Treated with Acupuncture

  • Respiratory ailments including sinusitis, common cold, seasonal allergies, asthma and bronchitis.
  • Neurological and muscular conditions including headaches, migraines, rheumatoid arthritis, sciatica, acute sprains, tennis elbow and neck/back pain.
  • Toothaches, gum disease and other dental conditions.
  • Eye conditions such as nearsightedness, cataracts (without complications) and pink eye.
  • Digestive conditions including heartburn, excessive stomach acid, hiccups, diarrhea and constipation.
  • Post-chemotherapy conditions including fatigue, pain, dry mouth and dry eyes.

Acupuncture Services

  • Private acupuncture treatments are available for $85 - $100 per session and take around 50 minutes.
  • Group acupuncture treatments are available for $45 per session and take between 30-45 minutes.

Patients receiving acupuncture services should wear loose clothing. Some insurances cover medical acupuncture. It is important to check your benefits with your health insurance provider before scheduling an appointment.

Why is acupuncture done?

Some people use acupuncture to relieve pain, such as low back pain, or to manage chronic pain from osteoarthritis, headaches, or neck problems. There is some evidence that acupuncture may help to treat pain. But in most cases the studies have been too small to clearly show a benefit.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • How many acupuncture treatments will I need?  
    The number of treatments needed varies from person to person. For complex or chronic conditions, one or two treatments per week for several months may be recommended. For acute conditions, fewer visits may be required. For health maintenance, four sessions a year may be all that is necessary.
  • Are there any side effects to acupuncture treatment?    
    As energy is redirected in the body, internal chemicals and hormones are stimulated and healing begins to take place. Occasionally, original symptoms worsen for a few days. Changes in appetite, sleep, bowel or urination patterns and emotional state may occur. These changes should not cause concern as they are indications that the acupuncture is starting to work. It is common within the first few treatments to have a sensation of deep relaxation of even mild disorientation immediately following the treatment. These subside within a short time and do not require anything more than a bit of rest to overcome.
  • What are the needles like? Do they hurt?
    Everyone experiences acupuncture differently. Most patients feel only minimal pain or discomfort as the needles are inserted and some feel no pain at all. Once the needles are in place, there is no pain. Acupuncture needles are very thin and maid from stainless steel. Insertion through the skin is not as painful as injections or blood sampling. The risk of bruising and skin irritation is less than when using a hollow needle, such as those for drawing blood.
  • What is group acupuncture?
    Group acupuncture is performed in chairs with several people in the same room. It is a great way to maintain health while keeping costs down. Group sessions are best for those with musculoskeletal injuries. Patients can expect to sit for 30-45 minutes during treatment and are welcome to bring headphones to listen to music. Group acupuncture is only performed on the lower arms and legs, head, ears, feet and shoulders. It is recommended for patients to wear loose fitting clothing so the doctor can easily access acupuncture points. Group acupuncture treatments are offered for $45 per session. Private treatments are available for those with complex problems, conditions with emotional aspects or conditions of private nature. 
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