What is Acupuncture?
Acupuncture is a centuries old form of health care. It utilizes fine needlesinserted into specific points. The goal of acupuncture is to restore balanceand establish homeostasis within the body. Although Acupuncture needles are the primary tool of this system, other methods can be incorporated such as cupping, moxabustion, guasha, tai qi, and diet therapy.
Is Acupuncture Safe?
Yes, when administered by a licensed Acupuncturist it is exceptionally safe. Patients may experience slight bruising, temporary numbness in certain areas, or light-headedness. The needles used for acupuncture are single use only meaning that after one use the needles are disposed of safely.
Does Acupuncture Hurt?
No, the sensation from acupuncture needles is very different from the sensation you feel when you get a flu shot. The reason for this is the needles used for acupuncture are incredibly fine and are not hollow like hospital needles. Having said this, acupuncture is not totally sensationless. Often patients feel heaviness or an awareness of warmth. When done well acupuncture relaxes the mind and body leaving the patient much more calm and relaxed.
What is Acupuncture Good For?
Acupuncture in itself is complete system and is a great adjunct to other forms of medicine. Although it is most well-known to treat pain, it can also be effective for many different conditions including but not limited to:
How many treatments will I need?
Treatment length will vary depending on many factors, and is quite unique to each person. Recommended length is 5-10 treatments once or twice a week. Some patients will see results in one or two treatments while others will see slow steady progress.
Is Acupuncture covered by my extended health plan?
Acupuncture is covered by most health insurance / extended health benefits. Some plans cover the treatment cost to a maximum set amount, while others will cover a percentage of each visit. However, each insurance provider has different coverage and approval based on which Acupuncture Associations they've chosen to accept. To know if your treatments from Dan Hoffman will be covered under your health plan, please contact your insurance provider, prior to your first treatment.