How does acupuncture work? Acupuncture is a safe, all-natural treatment that has been used for thousands of years and is still effective in the modern day. In Chinese medicine, we believe there are pathways of energy that run through the body. These channels nourish the body by circulating blood and energy to our whole system. When the flow is disrupted by outside factors, physical and emotional illness will occur. By needling particular acupuncture points, we are able to open up the channels and allow the flow of energy to resume and bring balance back to the body.
Does acupuncture hurt? Acupuncture is performed with hair-thin needles that most people don’t even feel. At times you will feel a “qi” sensation which is your body reacting to your energy moving but it is not painful. Most patients find an acupuncture session very relaxing and leave feeling calm and refreshed.
Is acupuncture safe? Yes. There are no known negative side effects of acupuncture besides possible bruising of the skin. The needles used at Radiant Health Acupuncture are sterile, one-time use needles that are discarded into a sharps container immediately after use.
How many treatments will I need? This depends greatly on the condition you are seeking treatment for. Acute injuries can be healed in 2-3 sessions while more chronic pain conditions can take closer to 10 treatments. Overall, you should start to feel positive changes from acupuncture within 3-5 treatments otherwise I will try my best to find a better solution for your issue.
Will my insurance cover acupuncture? It is very possible your insurance may cover acupuncture. Please fill out the insurance form found on this website and we will be happy to check your coverage for you.
How long will my session last? The first treatment can last up to an hour and a half. The majority of the appointment will be a discussion of your health history and current condition followed by a 30 minute acupuncture treatment. Follow-up sessions usually last between 45 minutes to an hour. For more information on what to expect at your first visit, please go to our new patient page.