Does Acupuncture Hurt?

Acupuncture needles are 25-50 times thinner than a hollow hypodermic needle (needles used to give shots). Acupuncture needles are fine, solid, and designed to pass through the skin very quickly and easily. Emily takes great care to be gentle and attentive throughout the treatment. Most people find acupuncture to be very relaxing and enjoyable- many people fall asleep during the treatment. Not all acupuncture treatments require the insertion of needles. If you are needle-phobic, Emily can effectively treat you using needle free modalities such as cupping, Chinese Massage, acupressure and moxibustion.

Is acupuncture safe?

Yes, the needles used at True Health are prepackaged, sterile, and are discarded after one use. Emily is a NCCAOM board certified, Pennsylvania State Licensed Acupuncturist and is certified in Clean Needle Technique (CNT).

How many treatments are needed?

Course of treatment is highly individualized. Some people experience immediate relief while others notice improvement after a few weeks of regular treatments. Results depend on the severity, history, and type of ailment. A typical course of treatment is 4-8 visits, once or twice per week. It is the goal of Emily and Amy to help the patient achieve optimum results. Once these results have been met, appointments will be spaced further and further apart. Acupuncture works best as a preventative medicine and it is recommended that, patients who are coming in for preventive care, come in once every month or during the changes of seasons.

Does insurance cover acupuncture?

Many insurance plans in Pennsylvania do not cover acupuncture. However, Emily would be happy to provide you with all the necessary paperwork for you to file a reimbursement claim with your insurance company. You can find out if your policy includes acupuncture benefits by calling the number on the back of your insurance card. Here are a few questions to ask:

  • Does my plan cover acupuncture?
  • How many treatments are covered in a calendar year?
  • Do I need a referral from a doctor?
  • How much will be reimbursed be per treatment?

what does acupuncture treat?

  • Addictions: tobacco, alcohol, food, drugs.
  • Bone, muscle, joint & nervous system disorders: acute pain, back pain, chronic pain, sports injuries, carpal tunnel, fibromyalgia, migraines, sciatica, tennis elbow, arthritis, neck & shoulder pain.
  • Circulatory disorders: hypertension, palpitations, Raynaud’s syndrome, neuropathy, edema, spider veins
  • Ear, nose & throat: Bell’s palsy, tooth ache, ear ache, trigeminal neuralgia, dizziness.
  • Emotional & Psychological disorders: anxiety, depression, insomnia, stress, seasonal affective disorder (SAD), bipolar disorder.
  • Gastrointestinal disorders: constipation, diarrhea, GERD, IBS, stomach pain, hemorrhoids, digestion discomfort.
  • Gynecological disorders: fertility issues, menstrual issues, PMS, menopause symptoms, morning sickness
  • Respiratory disorders: allergies, asthma, bronchitis, sinusitis, coughs, colds & flu.
  • Urogenital disorders: incontinence, urinary retention of difficulty, bedwetting, nocturnal emissions, impotence.

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