Frequently Asked Questions
What Is Acupuncture?
Acupuncture originated in China and has been around for thousands of years. In this style of medicine, thin needles and other modalities are used to promote healing.
There are 12 Meridians (channels) that represent each organ in the body. These channels are dispersed all over the body and house the acupuncture points. Each acupuncture point has its own unique function. Based on your symptoms, specific acupuncture points are selected for your treatment.
What Can Acupuncture Help With?
Abdominal Pain, Autoimmune Disorders, Anxiety, Allergies, Arthritis, Breech Babies, Common Cold, Chest Tightness, Concentration Troubles, Constipation, Diarrhea, Dizziness, Depression, Emotional Management, Fear, Fertility, Gastrointestinal Disorders, Golfers Elbow, Headaches, Heart Palpitations, Induction of Labor, Inflammation, Injuries, Insomnia, Menstrual Cycle Issues, Migraines, Morning Sickness, Nausea/Vomiting, Neuropathy, Pain, Pediatric Conditions, Pregnancy, Postpartum Health, Respiratory Disorders, Skin Conditions, Stress, Stroke, Tennis Elbow, TMJ, Urinary Disorders, Women's Health (Pre-Menstrual & Post-Menstrual), Vertigo
How Does Acupuncture Work?
BioMedical Perspective | Acupuncture creates tiny micro-traumas to your body tissue. This creates an increase of blood flow, dispersing of inflammation, healing micro-traumas and scar tissue from existing injuries, and relaxation of muscles and tendons. Acupuncture suppresses the sympathetic nervous system (this tells our bodies to fight or flight when heightened -- we want to rest and digest!) and also relaxes blood vessels for circulation which brings fresh oxygenated blood to the organs and tissues.
Traditional Perspective | There are 12 Meridians that run throughout your body. Qi (pronounced "chee"), or energy, lives within the channels, and we see symptoms when your Qi is disrupted. Selecting specific acupuncture points will help bring the body to homeostasis and re-regulate your Qi.
Does Acupuncture Hurt?
Acupuncture needles are sterile, stainless steel, and the size of a human hair. Each person experiences acupuncture differently. Some people feel nothing and others feel a slight pressure, twitch, a tiny pinch, and sometimes a warming or cooling sensation. Each acupuncture point may have a different level of sensitivity as well.
It is important to let your acupuncturist know if you are having any strong pain or discomfort during your acupuncture appointment. It is easy to adjust the needles to be more comfortable. Our goal is for you to be as relaxed as possible!
What is Cupping?
Cupping is beneficial for sore and tight muscles. It works by creating a vacuum seal over the skin, pulls up on those muscles, and creates a micro-trauma to the blood vessels. Cupping reminds the body to send blood flow to the cupping area for healing. Cupping is common on the upper, middle, and low back, hamstrings, and calves.
What is Gua Sha?
Gua Sha (aka as Dermal Friction) is the act of scraping the skin. Oil is applied topically to the skin and then a tool is used to create small and large strokes along the skin until there is some redness. Gua Sha is helpful for seasonal colds, as well as muscle pain and tension. Gua Sha promotes circulation of the soft tissue resulting in increased blood flow and decreased inflammation.
What Should I Wear?
It is best to wear clothing that is comfortable and allows the practitioner to be able to access your arms up to your elbows and legs up to your knees.
Patients typically wear shorts, leggings, yoga pants, sweat pants, t-shirts, or tank tops.
If we are working on a specific area such as back pain, extra sheets will be provided if necessary.
How Many Sessions Will I Need?
Typically, multiple sessions are necessary. It likely took time for your symptoms to appear, and it will take a little time to retrain the body to promote self healing. We hope that you see improvement in just a few appointments, but you should not expect that your symptoms will be resolved in one or two sessions. Acupuncture is as much an art form as it is a science, and each patient and each condition is unique, so we will work together to create a treatment plan that works best for you!
What Is Herbal Medicine?
Herbal Medicine is one category of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). Single herbs are combined into herbal formulas, which are used frequently to enhance your specific TCM diagnosis. Herbal formulas can be prescribed in forms of raw herbs and/or minerals, powder, or in pills/tablets (most common). Herbs are a great healing tool and are a great option in addition to acupuncture.
Does The Wellness Studio Take Insurance?
The Wellness Studio does not accept insurance. However, we do accept HSA and FSA cards.
How Does An Acu-Membership Work?
Sign up to become an Acu-Member at The Wellness Studio and enjoy two acupuncture sessions each month at a discounted rate of $129 per month! If you become an Acu-Member on January 5th, the 5th day of each month will be your personal anniversary date going forward. This is the day your acupuncture sessions will restart each month & the day your automatic payment will be withdrawn. You can cancel the membership at any time with a 30 day notice.
Can I Add Additional Services To My Acu-Membership?
You can add Cupping to your acupuncture sessions for an additional $20/session.
You can add Gua Sha to your acupuncture sessions for an additional $10/session.
You can purchase additional acupuncture sessions at the regular price of $79/session if you required more than two acupuncture sessions per month to manage your symptoms.
What About Unused Acupuncture Sessions?
When you are an Acu-Member, your session(s) must be used each month by your anniversary date or they will expire. Unused acupuncture sessions do not roll into the next month.
Can My Family Have A Membership?
The Wellness Studio only offers individual memberships. Family members may not share a membership and unused sessions are not transferable.