What is Acupuncture? How does it work?
Acupuncture is the insertion of hair-thin needles into acupoints, which are specific points on a person’s body. Acupuncture encourages blood circulation, resolves trigger points and relaxes muscles and the nervous system. There are over 360 acupoints on the body. 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’. Rest assured, acupuncture needles are quite a bit different than hypodermic needles used by nurses and physicians. 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. Acupuncture is also used to treat many other conditions, including skin, eye, and respiratory complaints.
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?
First appointment (intake and treatment): $110
Subsequent visit 60 mins: $90
Subsequent visit 45 mins: $75
Most extended benefit plans cover all, or a portion of, the treatment cost. Although regular MSP does not cover acupuncture, those who have MSP Premium Assistance qualify for a $23 reimbursement per treatment up to 10 visits per year.
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