Does Acupuncture hurt?

Often people report tingling, a slight ache, temperature changes, a quick zip that dissipates, or no feeling at all. Acupuncture is not meant to hurt, but it is not sensation-less. Everyone’s body reacts differently. I strive to make acupuncture as comfortable as possible using advanced needling techniques. Many people find acupuncture to be relaxing and soothing.

How does acupuncture work?

The million dollar question. Researchers have found that activation of acupuncture points increases circulation, stimulates the immune system, desensitizes pain receptors, and it doesn’t end there. Researchers continue to make new discoveries on how this ancient medical system heals the human body.

Do you take insurance?

I am a cash practice, out-of-network with all insurance providers. Please call your insurance provider and ask if your plan covers acupuncture out-of-network and if they can reimburse you directly. You’ll also want to ask if there are any specific diagnoses covered (low back pain is common). At the end of your visit, I am happy to provide you with an itemized receipt that you can then submit to your insurance company for possible reimbursement.

What does acupuncture help treat?

Traditional Chinese medicine is a full medical system. Here at Mend I often see people seeking help with any of the following:

  • Acute or chronic pain
  • Allergies
  • Anxiety, Depression, PTSD, Stress
  • Digestive discomfort: acid reflux, bloating, IBS
  • Headaches, Migraines
  • Infections, Lyme
  • Insomnia, fatigue
  • Menstrual or menopausal symptoms
  • Recovering after surgery or illness
  • Illness prevention
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