What is Acupuncture? How does it work?
Acupuncture is the insertion of hair-thin needles into specific points on the body, called acupoints, to encourage circulation, resolve trigger points, and stimulate natural healing processes. There are over 360 acupoints on the body. These acupuncture points are located on energy pathways termed meridians, which run from the fingertips and toes to the head and trunk. Acupuncture is one of the world’s oldest practiced medical modalities. It is a safe, effective, drug-free method used to promote the body’s self-healing ability.
What does Acupuncture Feel Like?
Most people shy away from the term ‘needle’. But rest assured that acupuncture needles are quite a bit different than hypodermic needles that are used for injections. Acupuncture needles are extremely thin, approximately 0.2 mm wide. You should barely feel the needle when it is inserted.
How Long are Acupuncture Treatments?
Initial treatments, which include a consultation, take approximately an hour and fifteen minutes. Subsequent visits take about an hour.
What Conditions does Acupuncture Treat?
Pain is the most common reason for seeking acupuncture, while World Health Organization (WHO) has compiled several studies that show the benefits of acupuncture in treating many conditions, including but not limited to: Pain: Back pain; sports injuries; tendonitis; headaches; carpal tunnel; hip, knee, leg, ankle and foot pain; shoulder, elbow, wrist and hand pain; sciatica; post-operative pain; TMJ; fibromyalgia. Mental and Emotional: Insomnia; depression; anxiety; stress; PTSD; addictions. Women’s Health: Fertility; pregnancy issues (pre, during, and post pregnancy), painful periods and other symptoms related to PMS. Digestive Issues: Constipation; diarrhea; nausea; vomiting; irritable bowel; acid reflux; morning sickness. Many other conditions, including skin, eye, and respiratory complaints are also treated with acupuncture.
How Many Treatments Will I Need?
The number of treatments can vary depending on the nature of your problem. Acupuncture treatments are cumulative, so consistent visits at the beginning of your care are important. As your condition improves, the number of visits required will decrease.
How much does it cost? Does my benefit plan cover acupuncture?
Acupuncture is $80 per treatment. Most extended benefit plans cover all, or a portion of, the treatment cost. Acupuncture is not covered by regular MSP, but those with MSP Premium Assistance are qualified for a $23 reimbursement per treatment up to 10 visits per year.
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