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How Does Acupuncture Work?

BioMedical Perspective  |  Acupuncture creates tiny micro-traumas to your body tissue. This increases blood flow, reduces inflammation, heals scar tissue from existing injuries, and promotes 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 increasing 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!

How Many Sessions Will I Need?

Multiple sessions are always recommended. 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. Each patient and each condition is unique; so we will work together to create a treatment plan that works best for you! 

Does The Wellness Studio Take Insurance? 

The Wellness Studio is not in-network with any health insurance companies, and we do not bill insurance (health insurance, auto, or worker’s comp) for services provided. If your insurance company covers acupuncture services, we are happy to provide you with a receipt or invoice for you to submit to your insurance company for possible out-of-network reimbursement.

Please review our Clinic Policies for additional information.

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