What To Expect from Acupuncture Treatments?

During your first office visit, the practitioner may ask you at length about your health condition, lifestyle, and behavior.  The practitioner will want to obtain a complete picture of your treatment needs and behaviors that may contribute to your condition.  Inform the acupuncturist about all treatments or medications you are taking and all medical conditions you have.

Does Acupuncture hurt?
Acupuncture does not hurt.  Acupuncture needles are metallic, solid, and hair-thin.  People experience acupuncture differently, but most feel no or minimal pain as the needles are inserted.  Some people feel energized by treatment, while others feel relaxed.

Does Insurance cover Acupuncture?
An increasing number of insurance companies are now covering Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine.  Check with your insurance provider prior to your treatment to find out if your policy covers acupuncture.  Also ask about the specifics of the coverage.
Upon request I provide my patients with an invoice called a Superbill.  A Superbill uses standardized codes for the treatments performed and is to be submitted to your insurance company for full or partial reimbursement of the cost of your visit, depending on your policy. Cost of treatment is due at the time of service.

How long is a treatment and how often should I get them?
A typical visit is 60 minutes.  However, the first treatment will be longer, about 90 minutes.  This time allows the acupuncturist to obtain a thorough evaluation and physical assessment.  Treatment course is dependent upon the degree of the patients condition, whether it is chronic or acute and how quickly the patient responds to treatment.  For optimal therapeutic effects, it is best to receive treatment two to three times a week at the beginning and less frequently as time goes on.  Although some conditions may only require once a week.