Frequently Asked Questions
Does Acupuncture hurt?
Everyone asks if acupuncture hurts. You might be more sensitive in some areas than others, but it should not hurt. In cases when the acupuncturist is made aware that the needle "hurts" , he or she can adjust the needle and help the pain to go away.
How big are the needles?
Acupuncture needles are not line needles that are used to draw blood to give injections. They are much much smaller. In fact, 40 acupuncture needles can fit easily into the tip of an 18 gage needle that is used to draw blood.
Should I eat before I get acupuncture?
Yes. 20 minutes before your appointment, and only a light meal.
How often should I come for treatment?
Each individual is different. When you come in for your initial appointment, you will have a treatment plan and the acupuncturist will let you know at each visit how frequently you should come,
Can I have acupuncture if I am pregnant?
What should I wear? Loose comfortable clothing.
It is best if the clothing is loose enough that should a needle need to be placed, rolling up the arm sleeves or pant legs will not cut off circulation.
What is community style acupuncture?
Community style acupuncture is done in a group instead of on a one to one setting. These sessions are nice because the cost is much lower making it helpful for the pocket book. We generally have up to 6 people per session, however due to COVID we are only allowing 3 people per session. We do adjust this number for families when needed.
Is acupuncture and dry needling different?
The answer is yes. Here is a link that will help show you the difference: https://www.healthline.com/health/dry-needling-vs-acupuncture#osteoarthritis
What is Deep Tissue massage?
Deep tissue massage is a technique that is generally used when one has had a sports injury or has a strained muscle, and is generally used for chronic pain. This is done by applying sustained pressure using slow deep strokes. This helps to break up scar tissue that is formed after an injury. Deep tissue can also help with healing by promoting increased blood flow and reducing inflammation.
How often should I get a massage?
This really depends on you, your pain, and your goals. When you first start coming for massage, you might need to come once a week in order to get your muscles to where they are in a muscle maintenance situation. This is helpful so you are not always chasing the problem, you're are ahead of it. Then, it is important to stay ahead of the game by coming at least once a month. Trust us, you are worth spending 60 minutes of your month on yourself.
Can I get a massage while I am pregnant?
The simple answer to this question is yes. Most massage therapists will not work on anyone who is not at least in their 2nd trimester due to the fact that the first trimester has a higher risk os miscarrage.
Do I have to completely disrobe to have a massage?
Not at all. We recommend that you disrobe to your own comfort level. We want you to be comfortable, and will work around those needs.
What is the difference between massage and TuiNa?
One of the most distinct difference is clothing. In a massage, one usually disrobes to their comfort level. In a TuiNa session, clothing is not removed at all. TuiNa roughly translates to “lift and squeeze”. Because there are times when pulling on a muscle to literally lift it and/or squeeze it, clothing is necessary to prevent damage to the skin. Imagine lifting or squeezing a muscle without clothing as a buffer. It sounds painful just thinking about it, therefore clothing is a must. Some of the techniques in massage are similar to those used in TuiNa, yet they are vastly different.
How does the Health Savings Advantage Plan work?
Our Health Savings Advantage plan is for those who are committed to their own health. If you are committed to taking care of yourself, our “HSA” plan might be for you. It is similar to a membership in that you give us permission to take one $75 payment from your account every month which will prepay for one 60 minute session. Acupuncture intakes and 90 minute massages are excluded since they are 90 minute sessions. It is different than a membership because it is not contracted and you can come as many times for as many services as needed in that month for an additional $75 per session. If you are unable to make it one month for your session, don’t worry it will roll over into the next month and you will have 2 prepaids on your account. The only way you lose your prepaid session is if you no call no show, or if you cancel the program. If you find that you do not have time to come in and need to stop or hold your program, just let us know and we can accommodate. (We generally need at least a week to guarantee that we can stop the charges from coming out.) Additional perks: all gift certificates purchased will be sold at your HSA rate, you can share your sessions with family and friends.
Do you take insurance?
At this time, we do not accept insurance, however we are authorized to take FSA, HRA as well as HSA cards. We also provide a super bill which can be turned into your insurance for reimbursement. (We do need to know that it is needed before check out so the diagnosis codes can be properly placed on the super bill.)
Do you sell gift certificates?
Everyday, all day long. 😀