WHAT IS ACUPUNCTURE?
Acupuncture is a complex branch of ancient Chinese medicine, in use for over 2,000 years. Acupuncture involves the stimulation of anatomical points on the body, achieved through the use of small, thin, metallic needles. This stimulation helps restore the normal balance and flow of Qi (pronounced CHEE) so organs and bodily systems can work together in harmony. This sets the stage for the body to repair itself and maintain its own health.
HOW SHOULD I PREPARE FOR MY ACUPUNCTURE TREATMENT?
Always have a light snack before your treatment. Avoid a large meal beforehand. You will be on a massage table for about 45 minutes in total. Wear comfortable clothing. Any necessary draping will be done by Deanne, around your clothing which usually remains on during the treatment. Drapes, paper gowns and all necessary items for proper treatment are supplied. Shoes and socks will be removed. You should be prepared to refrain from vigorous activity for twenty four hours. Athletes take note that the day after your treatment should be your “rest day”. Post treatment care will be discussed individually after each treatment.
HOW MANY TREATMENTS ARE NECESSARY?
Due to the fact that each patient’s health conditions, constitution, activity level and response to treatment are unique, the number and frequency of treatments vary. Acute conditions may only require a few visits while chronic or long standing conditions may resolve with a series of treatments. I ask all first time patients to commit to three consecutive treatments, one per week. Since the effect of acupuncture tend to be cumulative, as with other medical modalities, acupuncture requires a series of treatments to be most effective. It is also wise to have regular maintenance treatments once the body is healthy to keep it in harmony, prevent disease and maintain treatment results.
WHAT FORMS OF PAYMENT DO YOU ACCEPT?
Cash, check and all charge (including Amex and Discover) are accepted.
DO YOU TAKE INSURANCE?
At this time I do not take any insurance and I do not participate in any insurance plans.
HOW MUCH WILL EACH TREATMENT COST?
All appointments with Deanne, including the initial visit, are $75.00
HOW LONG WILL THE TREATMENT LAST?
First time treatments typically last 1 ½ hours. This includes time for your initial paperwork, an intake exam, and an acupuncture treatment. After the initial visit, all follow-up appointments are 45-50 minutes.
DO ALL ACUPUNCTURISTS WORK THE SAME?
Through the years, various acupuncture schools in America have created some variations in diagnostic methods, selection of acupuncture points to be treated, and needling techniques. All acupuncturist basic objective to create equilibrium in the body remains constant, but today there are many different acupuncture styles to achieve this. In summary, not all acupuncturists are the same. If you have tried acupuncture in the past with either a poor result or an unpleasant experience, then try another acupuncturist. It is not that the acupuncture did not work, but likely the acupuncturist and their style of acupuncture wasn’t a good fit for you.