Acupuncture Treatment

                                                         

With a background of 20 years as a body worker and 6 years of clinical experience as an acupuncturist, Amy brings knowledge of both western anatomy and physiology, eastern meridian theory and auriculotherapy to her treatments. She enjoys treating migraines, visceral organ pathology, anxiety and depression, with a overall inclination towards alleviating musculoskeletal pain and dysfunction. 

Initial New Patient Visit             Allow for 90 minutes                              $100

We will meet to discuss your health history and concerns as well as perform diagnostic procedures before your treatment in a comfortable, private room. If the issue at hand is of an orthopedic nature, orthopedic assessment will be involved. Treatment may include one or more of the following:

  • Dry Needling / Trigger Point Release

  • Gua Sha

  • Cupping

  • Moxibustion

  • Traditional/Distal Acupuncture

  • Neurofunctional Acupuncture

  • German Auricular Medicine

  • Electro-Acupuncture

  • Kinesiotaping

*All new patients must have a consult before treatment.

  Follow-up Visit                         Allow for 60 minutes.                                 $80

Regular patients will meet with Amy in a private room to continue a treatment course or for an occasional wellness visit.

                                                Acupuncture Follow-up Packages

Package of 4 Follow-up Treatments*                                                                        $300 

                                                      ($75 per session; save $20)

 

Package of 10 Follow-up Treatments*                                                                      $700

                                                     ($70 per session; save $100)

*Initial visits are not included in Follow-up Treatment Packages; Non-transferable.

**Refund policy for packages: Refunds are offered after applying the single session cost to used treatments plus a $20 administrative fee.

What conditions can Acupuncture benefit?

  • Chronic Pain

  • Acute Injuries

  • Neck & Back Pain

  • Osteoarthritis

  • Knee Pain

  • Sciatica

  • TMJ

  • Carpal Tunnel

  • Headache/Migraine

  • Tennis & Golfers Elbow

  • Plantar Fasciitis

  • Rotator Cuff Injury

  • Anxiety & Depression

  • Painful Periods
  • Asthma

  • Menstrual Issues

  • Colds & Flus

  • Asthma

  • Irritable Bladder

  • Allergies

  • Sinus Congestion

  • Facial Pain 

  • Dental Pain

  • Menopausal Symptoms / Hot Flashes

  • Morning Sickness

  • Reflux / Heartburn

  • Hypertension & more...

Acupuncture F.A.Q.

What Should I Expect During Treatment?


During the first treatment, we will sit down and have an in-depth discussion regarding your heatlh history intake form as well as perform some diagnostic and any necessary orthopedic tests. For follow-up appointments, the acupuncturist will do a brief, 10 minute check-in discussion before treatment. Treatment will then take place while resting on a treatment table in one of our cozy, private treatment rooms. The acupuncturist will implement whichever treatment(s) seems most appropriate. Typically, there is a part of treatment between 15-30 minutes, depending, when the patient will rest with the needles or cups in place. The acupuncturist will return and remove the needles when your treatment time is over; You will be left with a buzzer in case you should want the acupuncturist for anything. Depending upon your condition and treatment plan, she may also use other Chinese Medicine techniques such as gua sha, moxibustion, cupping or German Auricular Medicine. (more about this to come!) We recommend that you refrain from excessive caffeine consumption before your appointment so you can relax more fully during your treatment. Please wear comfortable, loose clothing that provides easy access to your arms and legs.




Does It Hurt?


The short answer is, not really. Often, people don't even know a needle has been placed, as they are so fine that its unnoticable. Our thin needles are completely different from the hollow, larger needles used for injections. Hypodermic needles hurt due to their relative size and because they're injecting a liquid at pressure into a vein or muscle under the skin. Acupuncture needles are much thinner, lighter, and less invasive. Oftentimes, people can't feel them at all! Any initial discomfort is far outweighed by the relief felt longterm. At worst, its a small quick pinch like a mosquito bite, that immediately gives way to a sensation that we call "De Qi" that is not unpleasant. It should feel more like a dull pressure, warmth, or nothing at all. With the release of trigger points, you will likely feel a small twitch that signals the trigger point has been released. This feeling is almost always followed by immediate relief of symptoms. Most people find their session to be very mentally and physically relaxing, and often take a nap during their treatment.




Needles- are they safe?


Our Acupuncturist has been certified in Clean Needle Technique and all of our sterile stainless steel needles are used once and then disposed. They are completely safe and hygienic.




How Does Acupuncture Work?


Chinese Medicine takes a holistic view of the human body, using the body's own self-healing capabilities to bring itself back into balance. Acupuncture does this by effecting and modulating the body's homeostatic mechanisms - the circulation of blood and lymph, nerve impulses, respiration, and natural immune response, as well as releasing self-perpetuating contractions in muscle called "trigger points". Studies have shown that acupuncture stimulates the release of various neurotransmitters that promote circulation, hormonal balance, and reduced inflammation. More than a "quick fix," acupuncture addresses one's lifestyle as a whole, and each treatment is intimately tailored to each individual's unique body and needs. This is why new patients complete a comprehensive health history form, and why an initial, private session with the acupuncturist takes 90 minutes.




How Should I Prepare For My Treatment?


The first visit is always the most important, as that is when you and the acupuncturist review your health history in detail. This takes time--30-40 minutes--so we encourage all new patients to complete their online health history form well before their appointment starts. We recommend that you eat a light meal at least an hour before treatment, are well hydrated and wear loose fitting and comfortable clothing to your session. Avoid caffeine two hours prior to the treatment if possible. Bring a list of your medications and supplements with you. Dress in comfortable loose clothing - workout shorts and t-shirts or tanks are best. Bras that unlatch are easier to work with than sports bras, as we commonly have to access the area of the back where the strap lies. The acupuncturist will likely need access to your lower legs and forearms at the very least. If access to hips, shoulders, back or abdomen is required, we provide comfortable draping for your modesty and ours.





How Many Acupuncture Sessions Will I Need?


I do my very best to get and maintain results for my patients in the most efficient way possible -one of the main reasons my treatments are multi-layered and take place one-on-one in a private treatment setting. I want to get you back out into your life and the world so you can share the news with others who can benefit from treatment. I know your time is valuable and that modern life demands a lot. Let's get you feeling better, and soon. For an acute injury i.e. recent stiff neck, ankle sprain, headache, I recommend 3-5 sessions. In these instances it is almost certain you will gain some measure of relief in the first session. It's important as well as efficient to stay on top of a new injury in the beginning, before it enters the chronic and maladaptive stage. For chronic issues or injuries, a course of 10-12 treatments is reasonable. You didn't get unwell overnight and it will take some time to retrain the nervous system and musculoskeletal system into a "new normal". Acupuncture has a cumulative effect, much like lifestyle changes in diet and exercise. In the beginning of treatment, it is most effective to receive treatment twice in the first and likely second week, with treatments typically spreading to once a week after. Once we reach a better baseline, we will spread treatments out further into a maintence mode, or pause care if it is no longer needed. Every body is different, and each individual's unique history and needs will decide their treatment plan.




What Is "Dry Needling" and is it Acupuncture?


Dry needling is a subset of acupuncture (ashi acupuncture) that is becoming more well-known. It involves locating and needling into trigger points for the purpose of eliciting a twitch response and release. Trigger points are hyper-irritable nodules of muscle fibers, often referred to as "knots". Trigger points tend to become a self-perpetuating cycle. Pain results in a the release of inflammatory chemicals at nerve synapses that causes further contraction and pain. The referral patterns elicited by trigger points are very predictable, and often occur outside of or distant from the trigger point itself. This explains how a trigger point in your upper back can cause a nagging temple headache! Acupuncturists understand these patterns and how certain symptoms can cause or be caused by trigger points. They also know how to resolve them. This therapy can be amazingly effective at resolving muscular pain, lack of flexibility and weakness. Although a brilliant doctor, Janet Travell, rediscovered trigger points decades ago, the pioneers of acupuncture discovered trigger points a couple thousand years ago. It is easy to see that the referral patters of trigger points overlay acupuncture meridian charts quite nicely. Most, but not all, major trigger points are located at charted acupuncture points. Any point on the body is an acupuncture point as the charts are not an exhaustive map of the body. Some professionals claim dry needling is not acupuncture and that acupuncture only moves "energy" but this is simply not true. Acupuncture has always been a very physical medicine, based on nerve conduction and blood flow. Numerous health organizations, including the World Health Organization, classify dry needling as a subset of acupuncture. When a trigger point is treated, there is a "twitch" that happens, which signals the bodies release of the contraction. What were perpetually contracted muscle fibers are now more fully contractile, flexible, healthy muscle fibers. The result? Blood flow is better, as pressure eases on vessels due to tight bands of muscle, neurogenic inflammation begins to resolve, pain is relieved, and function is restored.




Do You Take Insurance?


Currently, we are not in-network with any providers. We are in the process of working on that though and will update and send out a newsletter as we begin to take insurnace. It is worth noting that you may use your Health Savings Account (HSA) or Flexible Spending Account (FSA) cards for Acupuncture treatment as it is an approved service. Receipts can be provided for reimbursement.




What are Cupping, Gua Sha and Moxibustion?


Moxibustion, cupping, and gua sha are all treatments involving implements other than needles. The acupuncturist will suggest their use depending upon your health needs. During a cupping treatment, the acupuncturist will place a series of thick glass, silicone and/or plastic suction cups on the skin of a patient's back, chest, and/or limbs. This suction will draw blood deep within the muscles closer to the surface. The acupuncturist will leave the cups on for a few minutes and move them around to affect the flow of blood. Though this treatment is pain-free, it may result in reddish, circle-shaped marks on the skin that may take a few days to fade. These marks are not bruises! They are the result of the lifting of cellular debris to the surface layer where its effectively flushed our by the lymphatic system. No capillaries are broken, and the marks typically happen where the pain is. It's absolutely wonderful for upper and lower back pain! Moxibustion is the practice of burning small sticks of moxa, or mugwort, near an inserted acupuncture needle. This warms the needle, thus increasing its effects. This treatment will cause the affected area to feel warmer and looser. Gua sha is similar to the long, gliding strokes used in massage, except instead of hands, the acupuncturist uses a variety of metal tools to manually "scrape" the skin. The skin is lubricated and slowly and firmly scraped with the gua sha tools to facilitate the circulation of blood throughout the body. Gua sha may result in some petechiae (tiny purple, red, or brown spots on the skin) and redness. Gua sha has a systemically anti-inflammatory effect and can help some conditions including inflammatory bowel diseases, anxiety, inflamed liver and muscular pain.





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