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Acupuncture is a treatment in which fine needles are placed in the skin at select points along the body’s meridians or “energy pathways.” Scientific research suggests that acupuncture stimulates the production of endorphins, which are chemically similar to morphine and other compounds that affect how your brain perceives pain. It is a safe and painless way to effectively treat a wide variety of medical issues by balancing and promoting your body’s natural vital energy.
Acupuncture dates back to China nearly 2,200 years and is widely used around the world today. It has gained in popularity in the Western world over the last 40 years. Traditionally, Western approaches to medicine have differed by focusing on diagnosis and treatment of specific physical issues, whereas Eastern medicine takes into consideration the whole person to encourage natural body recovery. As time has passed, acupuncture’s benefits are gaining recognition by the Western medical community, and many medical plans now offer acupuncture as a rider in their Summary of Benefits.
Most people don’t find it painful and describe it more like a mild prick – at most a pinch. The needles are very thin and the distance they travel in the skin is relatively shallow. Our clinic also uses high-quality needles individually placed within guide tubes for more comfortable placement, guiding the needles into the skin more quickly and accurately with a simple tap on the back of the tube.
Absolutely; in fact, many children respond better to acupuncture than adults. If your child has an aversion to needles, your acupuncturist can instead massage the acupuncture points – a practice called acupressure, or tui-na. This creates a similar effect to acupuncture, just without the needles.
The number and frequency of treatments will depend on the severity of your issues as well as your physical condition, the quality of your vital energy, and the duration of the problem. For chronic conditions, you should expect a slightly longer period of time before noticing significant changes.
Your doctor will provide a detailed treatment plan after your initial evaluation.
During the initial exam, we will take a full health history by asking questions about your symptoms, health, and lifestyle. Detailed neurological or orthopedic assessment will be performed. We may check your pulse and tongue and conduct a physical exam. This information is then used to create an accurate and comprehensive diagnosis of your condition through a holistic approach. After the interview process, you will receive a customized treatment plan.
Your first visit may last from 30 to 90 minutes. In most cases, pain reduction and functional improvement are observed after the first treatment.
Many underlying problems can be found in your pulse, which is why measuring your pulse is an early step in most diagnoses. There are twelve pulse positions on each wrist that your acupuncturist will palpate, with each position corresponding to a specific meridian and organ. This analysis helps to define 27 individual signs of overall health.
The tongue acts as a roadmap of your body’s health, showing the health of your organs and meridians (passageways that flow energy throughout your body). Your acupuncturist will analyze the color, shape, cracks, and coating on your tongue.
Acupuncture is extremely safe. It is an all-natural, drug-free therapy that yields no side effects – only feelings of relaxation and well being. And since the needles are only used once and discarded, there is a rare chance of infection.
Neuro-Acupuncture is one of many specialized microsystem acupuncture techniques. It uses short, fine needles on the scalp to achieve therapeutic effects across different parts of the body.
Neuro-Acupuncture has proven to be particularly helpful with neurological conditions and has yielded outstanding results for thousands of patients. It is now recognized worldwide as one of the most effective methods for treating a wide variety of difficult-to-manage medical conditions.
Rates vary depending on the procedures. We will clearly outline all costs for you after our initial evaluation. In many cases, the majority of costs are covered by insurance. Hope Neuro Acupuncture Rehab is characterized as an OUT-OF-NETWORK provider and accepts most PPO plans that offer acupuncture and/or physical therapy in their list of benefits. You may be required to pay for herbs out of pocket.
Here are a few questions that you can ask your insurance provider to determine your eligibility and coverage:
- What is my deductible, and has it already been met?
- How many treatments do I get?
- What percentage will I pay for out-of-network practitioners? (This is the amount you would pay out-of-pocket for each visit to a practitioner who is NOT on their provider list.)
No, you are not required to get a doctor referral to see your acupuncturist or physical therapist in California.
You can cancel your appointment 24 hours prior to your appointment. A $45 fee will be incurred for cancellations shorter than 24 hours or for “No Shows.”
- Bring a list of any questions you have. We will carefully discuss each of them with you.
- Wear loose, comfortable clothing for easy access to acupuncture points.
- Do not eat large meals just before or after your visit.
- Avoid stressful situations before and between visits. Take time to relax, and be sure to get plenty of rest.
- Take notes of changes that occur along the way, such as pain alleviation, pain moving to other areas, or changes in the frequency and type of problems.
Herbs are a powerful adjunct to acupuncture care. They strengthen, build, and support your body and clear it of contributing issues such as a cold, fever, and acute body pain.
What Does Acupuncture Treat?
Acupuncture is recognized by the National Institute of Health (NIH) and the World Health Organization (WHO) to be effective in the treatment of a wide variety of medical problems:
- Carpal tunnel syndrome
- Chronic fatigue
- Common cold
- Dental pain
- Digestive trouble
- Emotional problems
- Eye problem
- Facial palsy
- Irritable bowel syndrome
- Low back pain
- Menstrual irregularities
- Morning sickness
- Reproductive problems
- Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
- Shoulder pain
- Sleep disturbances
- Smoking cessation
- Sore throat
- Tennis elbow
- Tooth pain
- Trigeminal neuralgia
- Urinary tract infections
- Wrist pain