Does Acupuncture Hurt?
Although many patients report feeling no sensation at all with the insertion of acupuncture needles, I can’t say that you won’t feel any sensation at all. Generally if a sensation is felt, it is most often a heavy, dull, ‘spreading’ sensation that acupuncturists call da qi. This type of sensation is indicative of the body’s positive reactivity to the treated point.
I want to try acupuncture, but I hate needles. What can I do?
The fear and dislike of needles for most individuals comes from their experiences with blood draw and injection needles. those types of needles are hollow needles that tear through body tissue. This is what creates the ‘ouchy’ ‘pokey’ sensations that we all think of when we hear the word “needle”.
Acupuncture needles on the other hand are solid filaments that glide through body tissues. Often times no sensation whatsoever is felt by the patient. I have treated countless patients who came to me with self-admitted needle-phobias, and they all realized very quickly that acupuncture needles are nothing to fear.
How many acupuncture appointments will I need?
There is no clear answer to this question, but as a general rule, the longer you have had the condition, the more treatments it will require to resolve your health concerns. I generally like to see positive change within the treated condition within 5-10 treatments, although more treatments may be needed for complete resolution of symptoms. But the final answer is that this question can only be answered on a case by case basis after a complete assessment of the individual.
How frequently will I need to have acupuncture?
1 to 2 treatments per week is often sufficient, but if symptoms are current and severe, a treatment regimen of 3-4 appointments a week may be indicated until symptom severity reduces to tolerable levels. For health maintenance or wellness treatments, once a month or even once every three months may be enough to achieve the desired results. But again this question can only be answered on a case by case basis after a complete assessment of each individual.
Do you accept insurance?
We Love Acupuncture does not bill insurance directly. If you think you have health insurance that includes acupuncture coverage, we can supply you with a Super Bill to submit to your health insurance carrier. After submitting the Super Bill, your insurance carrier will reimburse you directly at their standard rates for acupuncture treatment. This is a simple and easy process for most health insurance carriers, and we will be happy to lend you guidance.
PLEASE NOTE: Even though you may have acupuncture coverage through your insurance carrier, most carriers will only approve claims for certain conditions. When you call to verify coverage, you should also find out if the chief complaint you are seeking treatment for is covered through your provider’s approved conditions list.
Will you work on lien for a personal injury case?
Yes. I may be able to work on a lien if your case has been referred to an attorney. Each case is reviewed on an individual basis. Please inform us of your desire to work on a lien when you call to set up your appointment. There will be a few extra forms for you to sign, and I will need the name and contact information for your attorney.