• FAQ

    • How Does Acupuncture Work?

              Acupuncture works by inserting fine, disposable, sterile needles into specific predetermined points to help free these obstructions.  This allows the Qi to flow smoothly, thus decreasing pain and improving the quality and efficiency of life.

              Acupuncture is used not only to alleviate pain, but to promote health.  The method, though it may seem strange and mysterious to many, has been tested over thousands of years and continues to be validated today.

      The aim is to adjust the "vital energy" so the proper amount reaches the proper place at the proper time- this helps your body heal itself.  

             Acupuncture evolved from principles and philosophies unique to Eastern Asian thinking and Medicine.  According to Eastern Asian theory, there are acupuncture meridians which flow throughout the body which connect the surface of the skin to the internal organs and musculature.  Within these meridians flows energy or Qi.  When there is trauma or disease, obstructions to these meridians cause pain and discomfort.

    • Does Acupuncture work right away?

              There are usually 4 different responses to acupuncture:

      All Better: This 100% one time cure occurs in only about 2-3% of cases. 

      Different: This occurs 75% of the time after acupuncture.  While you may feel a bit different afterwards, the subtle energy that is activated with the treatment progresses and over the next few days the change may be profound. 

      No Different: This occurs in about 20% of cases.  This may not mean a whole lot because a treatment may take 24-48 hours to activate a change.  Also, one can make the analogy that an acupuncture treatment is like going to the gym.  Results may not be evident until after multiple visits. 

      Worse: This is not a bad thing and only happens to a small percentage of patients.  You most likely are experiencing a Herxheimer Reaction which is a reaction that occurs when the body is detoxifying and the released toxins either exacerbate the symptoms being treated or create their own symptoms. The important thing to know is that worsening symptoms do not indicate failure of the treatment; in fact, usually just the opposite. This usually does not last more than a couple of days. 

    • How often will I need to be treated?

              That depends on how well you respond and the severity of the condition that is being treated.  It is common to see someone at least once a week to up to three times in one week in the beginning of treatment, and then decrease to about every other week to even once a month for maintenance. My goals for treatment are to return you to your optimum health & vitality and to maintain you there.

    • Does acupuncture hurt?

              Acupuncture does not hurt most of the time.  Yet, some points can be sensitive, but not in the same way as a shot.  Some clients even describe the feeling as not actual pain, but a dull, achy feeling around the needle.  When acupuncture hurts, it is a feeling similar to that of being stung by a mosquito.  In other words, it may sting for a second but that should go away as quickly as it came on.  If it ever continues to hurt, alert your acupuncturist and they will make the pain go away!

    • What Conditions Can Acupuncture Treat?

      Addictions
      Arthritis Back/Neck pain
      Carpal Tunnel
      Chemotherapy nausea
      Depression
      Digestive Disorders
      Ear problems (ringing, aches)
      Fibromyalgia
      Headaches
      Infections, cold, flu
      Insomnia
      Menstrual; female disorders
      Muscle; joint pain (tendonitis, bursitis)
      Dental Pain
      Sinusitis
      Skin Disorders
      Stroke Rehabilitation
      Urinary Problems and MORE!

    • Is acupuncture covered by insurance?

              Angel Touch Acupuncture does accept “out-of-network” insurance coverage, but not all insurance policies cover our services.  If your insurance is in question, I can verify your policy’s coverage to determine what your coverage is. If your policy does cover acupuncture services with a reasonable deductible, you only pay a low co-pay and we handle the rest.  If it is not covered, you will only pay a reduced cash rate for paying in full at the time of service and saving us the hassles and costs of insurance billing. 

            Angel Touch Acupuncture also accepts "No-Fault" cases.