Is Acupuncture Safe? Is it painful?
Acupuncture is safe and virtually painless. It involves the use of hair thin needles that are sterile, individually packaged, and disposed of after each use. This minimizes the risk of infection or cross contamination. We also use guide tubes to gently tap the needles in which allows for quick and painless insertions. The needles are inserted into specific acupuncture points on the body to elicit "de qi", which usually feels like a dull ache or slight soreness. Most patients report a feeling of relaxation and even euphoria.
How does Acupuncture Work?
Acupuncture needles elicit a vibratory reaction stimulating the flow of "qi," or one's life force or vitality. Once a specific area is stimulated, the needles promote a therapeutic response in the body to help fight illness by bringing more qi and blood flow to the area. So when more blood reaches an affected area, your blood has natural painkillers, such as endorphins and adenosine, and anti-inflammatory agents to promote healing. Also, research has shown that acupuncture stimulates the release of chemicals in the brain, spinal cord, and muscles. As a result, needling a combination of specific points tailored to each individual can manipulate the balance of chemicals and hormones in order to assist the body's own defenses to work quicker and more efficiently.
What should I expect from my first visit?
Your practitioner at Song Acupower will make a Chinese medical diagnosis based upon a thorough consultation and physical assessment, including tongue and pulse observations. Depending upon the nature of your complaints and other general health concerns, you will receive a treatment with a certain number of needles tailored specifically for you. The needles may be retained anywhere up to forty minutes, so please be prepared to allot one to two hours for your initial visit.
*** Please wear loose-fitted clothing that will allow you to roll your sleeves and pants up to your elbows and knees. Many of the acupuncture points are located on the arms and legs.
Also, we highly recommend that you eat something before all your visits since acupuncture can move qi and blood and may cause light-headedness.
Do you offer alternative treatment modalities?
Yes! We also offer cupping, guasha, moxa, heat, and massage which can all assist in moving qi, disposing of toxins in the body, restoring a healthy balance, and aiding in recovery.
Are there any side effects?
There are usually no side effects. Occasionally, the original symptoms may worsen for a few days. In general, slight changes in sleep, appetite, bowel movements, urination patterns, or even emotional states may be triggered. There is no need for alarm, as these are simply indications that the body's energy is being redirected and the healing process has begun.
How Many treatments will I need?
The answer to this varies with each individual according to age, condition, serverity, and how acute or chronic the situation. Many feel the benefits of acupuncture and massage after their first treatment. Generally, it is best to come 3 times/week in the beginning in order to obtain balance and harmony and get the qi flowing. Once we see lasting improvements and a greater sense of ease, treatments may be extended to once every week, every other week, monthly, seasonal, and/or yearly for occasional tune-ups.
Does insurance cover Acupuncture?
We accept insurance! More and more insurance companies are adding acupuncture as a health benefit. Please see our Pricing and Insurance section or give us a call, and we will gladly verify benefits for you. If you do not have any acupuncture coverage, we have excellent cash rates available to you.