Frequently Asked Questions
As part of our service, we want you to be in the know regarding everything we do here at On Point Acupuncture. That is precisely why we’ve compiled answers and advice to address all of your common inquiries. Scroll below to learn more.
Does Acupuncture hurt?
In some cases, you will not know the needles are in place. In others, there may be some tingling, warmth, heaviness, or a feeling of the qi moving up and down the channels. Most people find acupuncture extremely relaxing, and many fall asleep during treatment.
How many treatments are typically needed?
That depends on the duration, severity, and nature of your complaint. You may need only a single treatment for an acute condition. A series of 5 to 10 treatments may resolve many chronic problems. Some degenerative conditions may require many treatments over time.
What kind of needles do you use?
We only use sterile single usage disposable needles in our clinic. National Acupuncture Foundation recommends using sterile filiform needles made from stainless steel. Stainless steel is chosen for the body of the needle because of its flexibility, strength, and resistance to oxidation. Other softer metals are more likely to pit, corrode, tarnish or break.
How long is a treatment session?
Your first visit will take approximately one and a half hours including an initial consultation and an acupuncture treatment. All subsequent visits are 45 minutes to an hour in length.
How does acupuncture work?
Acupuncture is based on the ancient theory that the flow of qi through the channels that cover the body acts somewhat like the nerves and blood vessels. Acupuncture adjusts the flow of qi in the body, leading it to area where it is insufficient and draining it from areas where it is stuck. Acupuncture restores the harmonious balance of the body and promotes free flow of qi. The World Health Organization recommends acupuncture for diseases, symptoms or conditions, because acupuncture has been "prove[d] – through controlled trials – to be an effective treatment".
Does my health insurance cover acupuncture?
Most health insurances cover acupuncture as a benefit. We will be glad to check your acupuncture benefits for you.