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Before your acupuncture session, it’s helpful to eat a light snack and wear loose, comfortable clothing. Arrive on time to discuss any questions or concerns with your acupuncturist. Also, be prepared to share your medical history and any ongoing treatments or medications.

Acupuncture intake forms often cover extensive details about the entire body because they aim to gather a comprehensive understanding of an individual’s health. The length and breadth of these forms serve several crucial purposes:

  • Holistic Assessment: Acupuncture takes a holistic approach to health, considering the body as interconnected systems. The detailed intake form helps the practitioner understand how various parts of the body may relate to each other and contribute to overall health.

  • Identifying Patterns and Root Causes: By collecting information about different body systems, organs, and symptoms, practitioners can identify potential patterns or underlying causes of health issues. This aids in developing tailored treatment plans.

  • Individualized Treatment: Every individual is unique, and their health concerns are often interconnected. A thorough intake form enables practitioners to personalize treatments, addressing specific areas or imbalances that may contribute to the overall health picture.

  • Safety and Efficacy: Comprehensive information about a patient’s health history, medications, and previous treatments helps in ensuring the safety and efficacy of acupuncture sessions. It enables practitioners to make informed decisions about the most suitable acupuncture approach for each individual.

The frequency of acupuncture sessions can depend on various factors, including your condition, age, severity, longevity, and your body’s response. Initially, regular sessions will be recommended, often twice a week, weekly or bi-weekly. Your acupuncturist will work with you to determine the best treatment plan tailored to your specific needs. If you are coming in with acute pain, treatments are more likely to be twice a week for a few weeks until symptoms dissipate.

Sessions Typically Last 40-60 Minutes.

Yes! We are collaborating in your care and leave each other detailed notes so you can feel confident scheduling appointments that work best with your schedule. If you do have practitioner preference, we work hard to schedule you with your preferred provider.

About Acupuncture

Your comfort is our top priority. The needles we use are incredibly thin—resembling a strand of hair. You might feel a sensation for just a moment, swiftly fading away. During treatment, experiences range from no sensation to a gentle tingling or mild ache, typically minimal and fleeting. Over time, we’ve welcomed patients who were initially needle-phobic, and they’ve been pleasantly surprised by how much they’ve embraced acupuncture. Our practitioners consistently ensure your comfort, regularly checking in to guarantee a pain-free experience.

Our body’s functionality transcends mere biochemistry; it encompasses bio-magnetic aspects as well. This implies the presence of micro and macro currents coursing through our system. A relatable instance is the mild shock experienced when touching something electrically charged on a dry day.

Cells initially communicate via electric currents, preceding the production of various enzymes and chemicals for intercellular messaging. Similarly, our nervous system relies on electrical impulses for communication.

These currents flow along specific pathways termed ‘Meridians’ in this medicinal practice. Along these Meridians lie acupuncture points—clusters of electromagnetism detectable through magnetic resonance imaging. Metal needles serve as conduits to activate these electromagnetic clusters, regulating the nervous system.

For instance, inserting a needle into GB37, known as ‘Brighten Eye,’ on your leg triggers activation in the occipital lobe as observed in brain imaging. The occipital lobe, governing vision, responds, illustrating the interconnectedness between these acupuncture points and distinct brain regions.

Acupuncture works by stimulating specific points on the body, typically with fine needles, to prompt physiological responses. These points, often referred to as acupoints, correspond with nerve endings, muscles, and connective tissues. When these points are stimulated, it triggers the nervous system to release various biochemicals, such as endorphins (natural painkillers) and neurotransmitters.

From a scientific perspective, the stimulation of acupoints sends signals to the brain, activating regions that modulate pain perception, inflammation, and the body’s overall homeostatic mechanisms. This process influences nerve impulses, blood flow, and hormonal levels, promoting natural healing and regulating bodily functions.

Additionally, acupuncture is thought to affect the autonomic nervous system, which controls involuntary bodily functions like heart rate, digestion, and stress responses. By modulating this system, acupuncture may help restore balance and improve overall well-being.

Acupuncture is under the umbrella of Chinese medicine, a practice that has gained recognition and acceptance in the scientific and medical communities. Numerous studies have explored its effects and benefits. Scientific research suggests that acupuncture can trigger various physiological responses in the body, such as releasing endorphins (natural pain-relieving chemicals), reducing inflammation, and affecting neurotransmitters. Functional MRI studies have shown that acupuncture can also modulate brain activity related to pain perception and other bodily functions. The World Health Organization (WHO) and the National Institutes of Health (NIH) recognize acupuncture as a valid treatment option for various conditions, including chronic pain, migraines, nausea, and more.

Insurance & Pricing

Please see our page on pricing.

 

Most Medicare plans do not cover acupuncture. Medicare coverage for acupuncture can vary, and it’s essential to check with your specific supplemental plan. In recent years, some Medicare plans have started to cover acupuncture for certain conditions. Our office can help you navigate insurance-related queries and we highly recommend you call your insurance provider. 

For more information please visit our page in Insurance.

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