Frequently asked questions

 

New to acupuncture and have questions? Not sure if acupuncture is right for you? Please read through the frequently asked question to become more familiar with what a treatment will look like. If you still have questions, feel free to contact me to discuss your situation. 

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Does acupuncture hurt? 

Acupuncture needles are hair-thin and, most of the time, you won't even feel the gentle insertion of the needles.  You may occasionally feel a slight poking sensation when the needle is inserted but this subsides almost immediately. You may also feel a heaviness or aching sensation while the needle is in. This heavy, aching sensation is a good sign, it shows your body is responding to the needles. Most people find acupuncture to be extremely relaxing and will often fall asleep during their treatment and leave feeling refreshed.  

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Is acupuncture safe?

Yes, acupuncture is safe. All needles are sterile, disposable, and only used one time. It is important to ensure that your acupuncturist has been adequately trained and is a licensed acupuncturist. The great thing about acupuncture is there really aren't any negative side effects. Occasionally, you may get a small bruise that should heal just like any other bruise. 

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How much does it cost? 

New patient: $110

Returning patient: $75
5 Treatment Package: $325
Fire Cupping: $45
Facial Rejuvenation: $100
New pediatric patient: $80
Returning pediatric patient: $60
Full moon pediatric treatment: $45
** Ask about packages and current discounts**
Do you accept insurance?
Yes, Key Element Acupuncture currently accepts Cigna insurance. 

If you’re curious if your plan covers acupuncture contact your insurance company to see if you have coverage. 

If you have a different provider that covers acupuncture I can provide you with a superbill to submit for reimbursement from your insurance company. 

Questions to ask your insurance provider:

** Do I have to meet my deductible?

** Do I have a copay?

** How many visits per year am I allowed? 

** Is my acupuncture coverage combined with other care, such as physical therapy or massage?

** Does my insurance only cover for a specific diagnosis? i.e. chronic back pain, nausea from chemo.

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How many treatments will I need?

Acupuncture is individualized for each patient. The number of treatments each patient will need depends on the person, what their reason for treatment is, and how long the condition has been going on. If we are working on a chronic condition, it will likely take more treatments than an acute condition. I often suggest committing to 6-10 treatments to get the most benefit. We can discuss the number of treatments to be expected during your first treatment and continue to re-evaluate as we go.

Some people experience so many benefits from acupuncture that they continue with regular maintenance treatments after their initial complaint has resolved. 

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What can I expect on my first treatment

Plan on showing up for your appointment a few minutes early so you can begin relaxing. It is best to be in a calm relaxed state before your treatment. You should also have something to eat a couple of hours before your treatment so that you aren't too hungry or too full. Once you have arrived, we will do the initial intake. This includes many questions that may not seem related to your chief complaint but helps to diagnose the root of the problem. After the intake, we will begin needling. It is best to wear comfortable clothing that can be pulled up past your elbows and knees. If I need to work on your hip or back, I will provide a towel to cover up with. You will then have the opportunity to rest on the treatment table with the needles for about 30 minutes. Your job at this point is to just lie still and relax. If this seems too long for any reason, just let me know - I want you to feel comfortable with your treatment. After you have rested, I will return to remove the needles and do any additional treatment modalities that may be necessary depending on the reason for your visit. If any are necessary, I will be sure to discuss them with you to make sure it is something you are okay with.

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Does insurance cover acupuncture?

More and more insurance companies are covering acupuncture treatments. We are happy to provide a super-bill with ICD-9 codes for you to send to your insurance company for reimbursement. If you require reimbursement, it's best to check with your insurance company before getting treatment.

Key Element Acupuncture will be accepting some insurance as early as spring 2020! Please provide your insurance information so we can check for coverage once we start accepting insurance.

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What does Chinese Medicine treat? 

Chinese Medicine can treat a variety of diseases and conditions. The following are some that are listed on the World Health Organization Website as diseases and disorders that can be treated with acupuncture.

http://apps.who.int/medicinedocs/en/d/Js4926e/5.html

  • Allergies
  • Asthma
  • Abdominal pain
  • Bell’s Palsy
  • Colic
  • Depression
  • Earache
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Gout
  • Headache
  • Hyper/Hypotension
  • Induction of Labor
  • Insomnia
  • Knee pain
  • Low Back Pain
  • Malposition of fetus
  • Morning sickness
  • Neck pain
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Polycystic ovary syndrome
  • Premenstrual syndrome
  • Raynauds syndrome
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Sciatica
  • Sore throat
  • Sprain
  • Stiff neck
  • Stroke
  • Tennis elbow
  • TMJ pain and dysfunction
  • Whooping cough (pertussis)

Again, this is not an all-inclusive list There are many other conditions that acupuncture will treat. If the condition you are seeking treatment for is not in the list above, please feel free to contact me with questions so I can help you decide if acupuncture is right for you. 

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