Frequently Asked Questions
What Is Acupuncture?
Acupuncture originated in China and has been in practice for thousands of years. Acupuncture is a form of holistic medicine which regulates disharmonies within the body and mind. Thin, single use, sterilized acupuncture needles are inserted into the skin. Specific acupuncture points are selected based off of the patient's presenting symptoms. Acupuncture also treats the root cause(s) of the presenting symptoms -- focusing on the body as a whole rather than in "sections".
There are 12 Meridians (channels) that represent each organ in the body. These channels are dispersed throughout 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 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!
What is Cupping?
Cupping refers to the practice of using glass or plastic cups to create a suction effect on the skin to increase blood circulation, loosen muscles and connective tissue, decrease inflammation and create a soothing effect on the nervous system. Cups can be moved over the surface of the skin (Slide Cupping) or can be left stationary.
What is Gua Sha?
Gua sha (AKA Dermal Friction) is the practice of press-stroking or scraping the surface of the skin to produce intentional redness and petechiae, known as “sha.” Although “sha” can look alarming the first time you see it, the practice of gua sha is safe and non-invasive, and can be used on patients of all ages. Gua sha has beneficial anti-inflammatory and immune system protective effects, and can be useful in a variety of acute and chronic conditions, as well as common colds.
What Should I Wear to my Sessions?
Wear comfy clothes!
Patients typically wear shorts, leggings, yoga pants, sweat pants, t-shirts, or tank tops.
If we are working on a specific area(s), extra sheets will be provided if necessary.
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!
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 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.
How Does An Acu-Membership Work?
Becoming Acupuncture Member is a great way to stay consistent with your sessions.
For $149 per month, enjoy two acupuncture sessions at a discounted rate. These acupuncture sessions must be used before your next month payment is due. For example, if you become an Acu-Member on January 1st, the 1st day of each month will be your "restart" date going forward. Payments are also set up on an automatic payment. 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 $30 per session.
You can add Gua Sha to your acupuncture sessions for an additional $20 per session.
You can purchase additional acupuncture sessions at the regular price of $79 per 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 membership restart 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.