Acupuncture is a type of body and energy work that includes using tiny needles to help your energy flow in a more balanced and consistent way. The perspective that acupuncture takes on health and well-being is very different from how allopathic medicine approaches the body. This makes it an excellent complementary medicine. It is very common for people to try acupuncture when knowing something is amiss, and traditional medicine is not proving to be affective.
Acupuncture is full-person medicine, able to address physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual issues. Regardless of a specific western medical diagnosis, acupuncture is affective at treating stress and anxiety, migraines, joint discomfort, cycle regulation and fertility, digestive issues, allergies, and much, much more.
Dave's approach is to understand your current symptoms from the biggest perspective possible, so the root imbalance can be addressed. His treatments combine care for your physical, emotional, and spiritual well-being.
While each treatment is designed to address your current symptoms, sessions will also keep the big picture of your life in mind. Dave's goal is not only to have your immediate symptoms ease, but to set you up so they don't come back in the future.
Does acupuncture hurt?
While you occasionally may feel a pinch when the needles first go in, that sensation disappears immediately. You will not feel "needly" during treatment. When you are uncomfortable, it's natural to begin to resist the treatment, ultimately making it less effective. If you feel any discomfort, we will work to adjust things so you are able to rest with ease.
The most common thing clients say after they experience their first needle is, "Oh, that's it??" This is meant to be a gentle process.
Do you have to believe in acupuncture in order for it to work?
No, what's important is that you are open to the possibility that it can help.
How many treatments will it take until I feel better?
Because treatments are individually tailored, there are no "supposed tos" when it comes to your healing process. Things which affect the process include how long you've had the issue, what lifestyle choices are contributing to you feeling off, among others.
Ideally, you will begin to feel some relief after the first treatment. Ideally, treatments will be scheduled once a week for four to six weeks, and then tapering in frequency after that. While we all want symptoms to disappear immediately, the path towards the longest success and well-being is to have slow, measured improvements. If things suddenly disappear, they can reappear just as suddenly.
Do you take insurance?
We don't bill insurance companies directly. We are able to provide you receipts for our sessions for you to submit to your insurance carrier to potentially get reimbursed. If you are concerned about whether you will be reimbursed, please contact Member Services of your insurance carrier.
*Important* - when asking them if they cover acupuncture, also ask if they cover the specific issue that you wish to be treated for. Insurance companies have a history of saying, "Yes, we cover acupuncture!" but the fine print is only for certain diagnoses, or a certain number of sessions.
What about HSA/FSAs?
We do work with HSA and FSAs. If you were issued a debit card for your HSA/FSA, they will often work, no questions asked, in our sessions. If the cards do not work, we can issue a receipt for you to be reimbursed.