What is acupuncture?
Acupuncture is the insertion of very fine, sterile, stainless steel needles into specific points on the body that have a high concentration of neuro-vascular tissue.
The insertion of acupuncture needles at these specific points sends a message through the nervous system to normalize physiological function, reduce pain, and stimulate the immune system. Acupuncture has a profound impact on organ function, hormonal levels, circulation, sleep patterns, and energy level.
Acupuncture is one of the oldest known forms of healing, and has been used to diagnose, treat, and prevent disease for over 2,000 years. Acupuncture, herbal medicine, nutritional, and lifestyle counseling are used throughout treatment to promote health. Acupuncture originated in China and is now used worldwide as an effective means of overcoming disease.
What happens during an acupuncture treatment?
Before each treatment, Allison will evaluate your health by asking you questions about how you feel and your health history. She may ask to feel your pulse, not just to check its speed, but to judge its condition. She may also examine your tongue, which by its color and texture can reveal much about your health. She may perform some orthopedic tests to evaluate your muscular-skeletal condition or injury.
After this exam, you will begin your treatment. Only disposable needles are used. The needles are as thin as human hair and are tapped in through a tiny tube. The needles are left in for 25 to 30 minutes while you relax under a heat lamp as soft music plays. Most patients go into a state of deep relaxation and some even fall asleep due to the endorphins that are released during the treatment. Herbal supplements may be recommended to support your treatment.
Does acupuncture hurt?
Acupuncture is a very gentle procedure. However, sensation at the acupuncture point is common and often necessary in order to achieve the therapeutic goal. Overall, most people find it to be an extremely relaxing and comfortable procedure.
How many treatments will I need?
Each patient and condition is unique. The number and frequency of treatments will vary from patient to patient. A traditional course of treatment is 12 treatments, but significant changes in symptoms should be seen within the first 4-6 treatments.
Typically, conditions that have persisted for some time will take longer to respond, while acute conditions resolve more quickly. While a specific problem is addressed, you may need treatment once or twice a week, and then gradually reduce the frequency to once or twice a month.
To simply maintain good health, you may limit your treatments to once every four to six weeks.
What are your fees?
Initial treatment -$120 (approximately 1.5 hours)
Follow-up treatments – $80 (1 hour)
Cash, check, and credit cards are accepted. Payment is due at the time of service.
Do you accept health insurance?
Yes, I work with a variety of insurance companies. If you would like my billing department to check your benefits for acupuncture, please send me an email with your name, phone number, date of birth, and the insurance ID number, group number, and name of insurance company. You can also send a photo of your insurance card along with your date of birth if that’s easier.
If you will be using your insurance coverage to pay for acupuncture treatments, we must verify your coverage before your first visit or you will be asked to pay the out of pocket rate until acupuncture coverage is confirmed. Missed visits or late cancellations cannot be billed to insurance.
Flex-spending and health-savings accounts reimburse acupuncture costs.
What is your cancellation policy?
Your appointment time is reserved for you. We request 24-hour notice for cancellation of appointments. Missed appointments or late cancellations will be assessed a fee.