Does acupuncture hurt?
Our clinic works hard to make sure our patients feel as comfortable as possible during treatment. We use the smallest needles necessary to do the job, and we ask for constant feedback from the patient as we work. If you experience any discomfort during your treatment, tell your acupuncturist. She can adjust the needle depth, remove a needle, or choose a different location all together.
Do I have to lie down on a massage table?
No. We work with patients sitting in chairs, on a bed, and even in wheelchairs. Our style of acupuncture is flexible and accommodating to patients who have mobility restrictions. It is not actually necessary for the patient to be needled exactly where the pain is originating from. For example, low back pain can often be treated using acupuncture points in the hands and feet.
If you have special needs, please let us know so we can keep you comfortable during your acupuncture treatment.
Do I need to remove my clothing?
Patients being treated in the community acupuncture clinic do not need to remove any clothing, although your acupuncturist will need to access your lower legs, arms, hands, and feet. Assistance in removing shoes and socks is always provided when requested.
We strive to keep our treatments as simple as possible for the patient. In some instances, patients receiving private treatment may be asked to disrobe certain parts of the body, such as the hip or lower back. A good rule of thumb is to wear loose clothing for acupuncture to minimize the need to disrobe. Your comfort is always our #1 priority. Please let the acupuncturist know if you would prefer to remain fully clothed.
Will acupuncture interfere with my medication?
Acupuncture does not interfere with medications, including blood thinners, hypertension medication, cholesterol drugs, or antibiotics. Your acupuncturist will ask you to list your current medications on your first visit so that we are aware of what you are taking. As a part of our goal to make acupuncture a part of your comprehensive healthcare plan, we can send a letter to your doctor letting them know you are being treated with acupuncture.
How often should I come in?
Acupuncture is a self-healing medicine, meaning that it encourages the body to naturally correct imbalances. The job of the acupuncturist is to determine which message the body needs to receive to restore illness to healthy function. Because each individual patient has a unique set of circumstances that led to their illness or pain, there is no definitive answer for how long a course of treatment could take.
We ask patients to give acupuncture a try for 3 sessions before determining whether it is “working” or not. This gives the acupuncturist the opportunity to learn more about your body and how it responds to treatment. Often patients come in for one ailment, such as knee pain, and find that acupuncture offers them benefits they couldn’t have predicted, such as lowered stress levels or better sleep. Acupuncture treatments have a dramatic impact on mood, digestion, sleep, elimination, and pain levels.
Our goal is to empower you to use acupuncture to feel better. Together, you and your acupuncturist will develop a treatment plan that directly addresses your individual needs.
Can I receive acupuncture if I am a hospice or palliative care patient?
Yes. Norah is a Certified Hospice and Palliative Care Acupuncturist and can support you, or a loved one, through hospice or palliative care. Please reach out to speak with her about your individual care plan.