Does Acupuncture Hurt?
When the needles are initially inserted there is usually no sensation at all. Sometimes you may feel a tiny poke that is far less painful than a finger stick. Once the needles are in, there are a variation of physical sensations that may occur. Common sensations range from a dull distending feeling and soft pulsations that come and go, to an almost undetectable slight vibration. These are all normal and your body’s reaction to the re-balancing of organs, tissues and systems.
What should I do to prepare for a treatment?
There are a few things you can do to prepare for optimal results from your treatments. It is important to stay hydrated in the hours ahead of your appointment, have a snack or a small meal prior to your treatment and be sure to wear loose clothing that can easily be rolled up to access various acupuncture points.
Please bring any imaging or medical reports that pertain to your current condition.
What should I expect in my first treatment?
In your first treatment we will review together your health history questionnaire that was completed with your initial paperwork. We will go over your current symptoms and discuss your long term health goals. To diagnose the various in-balances that are occurring in your body, your acupuncturist will feel the quality of your pulse and take a look at your tongue. Once the review and diagnosis process is through, you will then receive your acupuncture treatment. After all the points are treated you then get to relax for 20-30 minutes while the acupuncture needles do their work. In your follow-up appointments the review process will be abbreviated while the diagnosis treatment process will be the same length.
How many treatments will I need?
Every individual responds differently to treatment. Some patients may respond quickly after 2 or 3 treatments while others may require more than 15 treatments. Conditions that have been occurring for longer than three months are considered chronic and will generally resolve with more treatments. On the other hand more acute conditions that began recently will respond more quickly to treatment. It is common for patients not to see any huge results until treatments 4 to 6, for this reason Colorado Point offers discounted packages. Once the condition is under control and the body is re-balanced, maintenance treatments of 1-2 times a month are than recommended to keep your symptoms under control.
Will insurance pay for my treatment?
Colorado Point Acupuncture is in-network with CIGNA. We also accept auto-injury claims and Health Savings Accounts (HSA). For any other insurance policies we can provide you with a receipt containing treatment codes called a Superbill. You can then submit the superbill to your insurance company for direct reimbursement.
What education is required to become a licensed acupuncturist?
In Colorado, a four year Master’s degree program is required after a Bachelor’s degree or equivalent of credits has been obtained. Upon completing education the acupuncturist is then required to take 3-4 national boards to become licensed and accredited.