Your acupuncture first treatment
Acupuncture isn’t painful. Many people are apprehensive about receiving acupuncture the first time, but remember, this is not a shot! The needles I use are the width of two human hairs. Acupuncture is an extremely safe treatment option with virtually no side effects when administered by an experienced practitioner. If your options are only more medications, new injections, or invasive surgery, try this conservative and safe therapy first.
Your first appointment includes a comprehensive health review, a discussion of your health goals, and your first acupuncture treatment. During the second appointment we will create your individualized care plan, including information on your prognosis and how you can judge the effectiveness of your treatments. Your care plan may also include information on acupressure points to use at home, breathing and meditation techniques, and food therapies.
Frequency and number of treatments
At the beginning of treatment, I typically see people once a week. Once symptoms subside or we reach a treatment plateau, treatments are spaced every two to three weeks to make sure there is no back-sliding. Most clients do not require continued maintenance care. My goal is to give you the tools and resources you need to take care of your health so that you do not need to continue with treatment.
The number of visits you will need depends on a variety of factors like the variability of your symptoms, the length of time those symptoms have persisted, your overall health, your age, and other medical problems you may have. For most conditions, you can expect to see noticeable improvements within the first two to three treatments. Your response during these first few treatments will give us a good idea of how many total treatments you will need.
Please contact me for a copy of my fee schedule.
I am currently a provider for Network Health, which is the only insurance I bill directly. Network Health generally covers acupuncture for chronic neck and back pain, chronic headache, and nausea due to chemotherapy. For all other insurances, I can provide you with a detailed receipt if you wish to submit it to your insurance for reimbursement. Also, most healthcare flex accounts and health savings accounts cover acupuncture.