Frequently Asked Questions
Does acupuncture hurt?
Deanna practices a Japanese style of acupuncture which is very gentle. Patients should not feel pain during treatment but you may experience a sensation around where a needle is placed. Deanna ensures patients that they should feel absolutely comfortable. If for any reason a needle feels uncomfortable or painful it can be adjusted or removed so that treatment will be completely relaxing.
How many sessions do I need?
Every acupuncture treatment is specific to the individual patient. There are a few factors which determine length of treatment. Some of those factors to consider include overall health, length of time diagnosed with the condition and willingness to follow the treatment protocol. On a first visit these factors can be looked at and together the patient and Deanna will set realistic treatment goals.
Does insurance cover acupuncture?
Yes, some medical insurance plans do cover acupuncture. Please call the office with your insurance information and I can call your insurance provider and find out if you have coverage before your first visit.
What should I wear for acupuncture treatment?
Loose fitting clothes so that we can easily access areas of the body typically restricted by clothing. For massage, you will be undressed but may wear comfortable easy to adjust shorts or underwear and will remain covered with a sheet/blanket for modesty.
How long is acupuncture treatment?
Most acupuncture treatments are 1 hour long. First visits are usually a bit longer and can take up to 1.5 hours.
Is there anything I should do to prepare for acupuncture or massage treatment?
Before appointments please make sure you have a small meal consisting of some protein. It is best to be neither starved nor stuffed before treatment and to drink plenty of water.
Are there any restrictions after acupuncture or massage treatments?
Patients are able to go on with their day normally. After treatments most patients are extremely relaxed and are advised to drink plenty of water throughout the rest of the day.
Are the acupuncture needles reused?
No. Acupuncture needles are single use, sterile, filiform needles. After use, all needles are disposed of in a sharps container.
Does cupping hurt?
Cupping has a similar feeling to deep tissue massage except, instead of pressure into the muscle there is a suctioning pressure pulling on the muscle. The cup suctions onto the skin and pull the muscle tissue into the cup to release knots and tightness. Cupping is not painful but it does have a strong feeling of pressure. During cupping I always ask patients if the suction is too tight. I am always able to adjust the amount of suction to make cupping feel great.
What are the marks cupping leaves?
Although the marks from cupping look like bruises, they are not. Bruises are formed after trauma occurs. Cupping pulls blood into the muscle to increase circulation which will help loosen muscular tightness and alleviate pain.
How long do cupping marks last?
Cupping marks usually last for 3-5 days. Drinking plenty of water to help flush the system will help the cupping marks dissipate.