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I try to cover the common questions here, but feel free to contact me for further information!
Do needles hurt?
I have been told I have a light touch, and I give myself acupuncture regularly, so I know how to keep acupuncture as painless as possible. There is sometimes a little prick, like a mosquito bite, when needles are inserted. If a muscle area is especially tight, it may "jump" or spasm - that can feel unusual, but that is an excellent indication for a quick result.
What are needles like?
Acupuncture needles do not have to be hollow, unlike normal needles. In the clinic, the needles we use are extra-thin, sterile, disposable, one-time use, and stainless steel.
Are they any side effects?
Occasionally acupuncture can cause a small bruise, but it is usually only in an area that has been tight for a long time. Also, it can happen that tight muscles are sore the next day; sometimes very sore. That is a normal response to the area receiving better blood circulation. That soreness will go away in a day, and subsequent treatments will not trigger that level of soreness again.
Otherwise, side effects from acupuncture are generally positive! Less stress, better sleep, more regular digestion and menstrual cycles... Acupuncture is holistic, so the benefits are whole body.
Do you take health insurance?
I do not take insurance directly. I ask that my patients pay me up front, then get reimbursed by their insurance company. I can help you with receipts to submit.
While we are on the subject of health insurance: it is a benefit you pay for in advance, but when you claim your benefit, you are given all sorts of hoops to jump. Then, despite having insurance, healthcare always costs more than you think it will.
In contrast, when you purchase a prepaid treatment plan with me, you get great healthcare when you need it, without any nonsense. Think of it as superior health insurance!
Do I have to prepay?
The clinic policy is that all appointments must be prepaid through the online portal, accessible through this website. If you wish to pay in person when you come, please contact me to set up your appointment.
What is your cancellation policy?
You will be charged full fee for a cancellation less than 24 hours in advance. With approval of the clinic director, exceptions to this rule might be made if you reschedule immediately. Late cancellations or no-shows prevent others from receiving critical and timely treatment.
Do you take walk-ins?
Yes, walk-ins are always welcome, but those with an appointment take priority.