frequently asked questions about acupuncture
HOW DO I KNOW IF ACUPUNCTURE CAN HELP ME?
Acupuncture has been helping patients for over 3,000 years and it can help you too! The goal of the initial free consultation is to fully comprehend your personal health goals and history. From there, we establish a treatment plan that is effective while being time and cost efficient. Kate sets aside at least 30 minutes per consultation so all questions can be answered in a relaxed setting geared towards understanding.
DOES ACUPUNCTURE HURT?
Needles can create a slight tingling sensation at the area of insertion but rarely is there ever any pain.
HOW BIG ARE THE NEEDLES AND ARE THEY STERILE?
Needles range in diameter and length depending on the area of the body being treated and the amount of stimulation desired by the practitioner. Most treatments require needles about as wide as a cat’s whisker. Every needle used is a single use, sterilized medical tool.
WHAT ARE TREATMENTS LIKE AND HOW LONG DO THEY TAKE?
Acupuncture treatments include a time for discussion followed by needle insertion then, usually about 30 minutes of quiet rest with the needles in place. This time allows the qi to be redirected.
HOW MANY TREATMENTS WILL I NEED?
Treatment plans are individual and are often influenced by factors like the depth of disease (chronic vs. acute). In general, patients should be seen at least once a week until a solid foundation of health is created. During the initial consultation, protocols and timelines are discussed.