Q: Does it hurt?
A: No, acupuncture should not hurt. Acupuncturist's are extensively trained in needle insertion techniques to make the experience virtually painless. Occasionally, patients may report tingling or warmth at the acupuncture site, but do not complain of pain or discomfort.
Q: What are the needles like?
A: Needles are the size of a strand of hair and are made of high quality surgical stainless steel. All needles are sterile, used once, and disposed of following treatment.
Q: How many treatments does it take?
A: Most people will see some improvement in their condition in 3-5 treatments, though some have reported a positive change with the first treatment. It usually takes a total of 6-10 treatments to achieve the desired results.
Q: Do I have to keep coming back?
A: Most people will see a resolution to their problem with 6-10 treatments. Sometimes, depending on activity levels and lifestyle factors, people may need occasional treatments to keep chronic problems under control. This is determined on a case-by-case basis.
Q: Should I stop other treatments and medications when I have acupuncture?
A: No. You should continue whatever medications or treatments you are receiving while having acupuncture. There may be an appropriate time during acupuncture treatment that you could decrease or discontinue certain medications, but this should never be done without first consulting the health care provider who prescribed the medication. I have experience working with traditional medical providers such as physicians, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, and dentists to optimize the care patients receive when receiving both acupuncture and traditional medical care.
Q: Does my insurance cover acupuncture?
A: Maybe. More and more insurance carriers are covering acupuncture expenses. Check with your specific insurance carrier or your benefits manager at your place of employment to see if acupuncture is a covered expense with your particular insurance plan.
Q: Do I have to believe in acupuncture for it to work?
A: No. Many people are skeptical that acupuncture will work and are pleasantly surprised when they start to feel better after a few treatments. Animals and children tend to respond to acupuncture more quickly than adults.
Q: Is acupuncture used for anything other than pain?
A: Yes! Acupuncture is well known to relieve acute and chronic musculoskeletal pain, but many people do not yet realize that acupuncture can be used for many symptoms and conditions, including allergies, chronic sinus pressure/infections, headaches, insomnia, anxiety, mild depression, digestive conditions including IBS, fibromyalgia, dental pain/TMJ, pelvic pain, PMS, menopausal symptoms, and weight management.
Q: I have tried everything to feel better but nothing seems to help for long. Why should I try acupuncture?
A: I have helped people feel better with acupuncture when nothing else has helped. You should see some improvement in symptoms within the first 3-5 treatments, sometimes sooner.
Q: Why should I use Abingdon Acupuncture?
A: I have over 10 years of experience helping people just like you. I was trained by some of the best teachers from China to the standards of schools in the US. I am nationally board certified to practice acupuncture. Additionally, I was one of the first acupuncturists in the country to provide in-patient acupuncture services at a major teaching hospital in Pittsburgh, PA. I have the training, experience, and compassion to help you achieve your health care goals and re-gain or maintain your vitality.