Is Acupuncture painful?
How soon will I start to see changes?
How many times and how often will I need to come in for treatment?
How long are appointments?
Why do you ask for so much information?
What type of payment do you accept?
Do you accept insurance? Can HCCA provide me with an insurance receipt?
Acupuncture needles are super thin, and a treatment feels nothing like a hypodermic injection from your doctor. You might experience a prick similar to a bug bite, though often, there is minimal pain. No pain, however does not mean no sensation. For an excellent article describing the sensation that may be felt with acupuncture click here.
This depends on what you are wanting to be addressed, how long it’s been present and your general state of health. Typically, short-term (acute) problems will respond within just a few treatments, while longer-term (chronic) problems may take up to ten or more treatments before consistent change occurs. This will be addressed during your first visit.
This depends on the reason(s) you’re getting treated in the first place.
For short-term issues, a handful of acupuncture treatments should do the job. For chronic or long-standing issues, a maintenance schedule of some sort would be in order to keep systems running smoothly and steadily after the initial period of relief and change.
For example, a patient comes in for help with pain and swelling from a new ankle sprain less than 24 hours old. This type of injury responds best with acupuncture treatments two out of three days, which would probably be plenty to help her body sort out his injury completely.
On the other hand, another patient may get acupuncture treatments to work toward better management of long-term anxiety and insomnia that he’s struggled with for five years. Chances are good he’ll start to see clear changes in the pattern and intensity of his symptoms with steady treatments over four weeks or so. After this time, his acupuncturist will likely recommend regular but less frequent treatments for another stretch of time to help make sure the process of change continues moving forward. Once he finds himself in a place where he’s consistently happy with his sleep and anxiety levels, the frequency of his treatments may be dialed back even further. The aim is always to provide few acupuncture treatments as possible while maintaining gains made.
Your first appointment can last from 1.5 to 2 hours. Follow-up visits usually last 30 minutes to an hour. If you need to leave by a certain time, let the front desk know and we’ll make sure you’re out the door with plenty of time.
In acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), a diagnosis is formed by information gathered from questions and observation. Any piece of information can confirm or contradict a possible diagnosis, so the more information collected, the more certainty. While some of the information asked for may seem completely unrelated to the reason you came in, this information can be of vital importance in correctly determining your diagnosis and designing your treatment plan.
We accept cash and checks, as well as Visa, Master Card, Discover, and American Express cards.
With a cost per treatment to rival most co-pays we do not accept insurance at this time. We are happy to supply receipts with the appropriate codes so you can file your own claim.