Acupuncture is one of the oldest forms of medicine used in the world today! With roots beginning over 5000 years ago in the form of traditional Chinese medicine, acupuncture has begun to rise in popularity worldwide since the 1970s. It is a gentle, low risk practice that applies hair-thin needles to specific points in the body, stimulating the body’s natural healing ability.
Dry Needling is an advanced needling skill or technique of acupuncture. It is limited to the treatment of myofascial pain, using a single use, single insertion, sterile filiform needle (without the use of heat, cold, or any other added modality or medication), that is inserted into the skin or underlying tissues to stimulate trigger points.
Acupuncture is a complete system of medicine. It is effective as a wellness and preventive medicine, and for both acute and chronic conditions. Individuals seek out acupuncture and Chinese medicine for many reasons. Current research shows evidence of acupuncture decreasing pain, reducing inflammation, calming nerves, aiding digestion, improving sleep, preventing nausea, strengthening the immune system and much more.
The number of sessions needed varies based on the symptoms present, severity, and the individual. Many patients begin to see improvement in the first 1-2 sessions, and see significant improvement through the course of treatment. For chronic issues, some patients continue to return at regular intervals for “maintenance” sessions. Dr. Jes or Dr. Danielle will be able to give you a plan specific to you & your health goals following a personal and confidential consultation.
No! Acupuncture is painless! In fact, most people barely feel anything when needles are inserted. Some people feel a slight pinch, and others ask “Is it in yet?” Acupuncture needles are solid, flexible, and very, very thin (about the width of two hairs).
Currently, there are no conclusive studies on why acupuncture works as a whole. However, there is evidence supporting the effectiveness of several aspects of acupuncture treatment.
Studies in animals and people, including studies that used imaging methods to see what’s happening in the brain, have shown that acupuncture may affect nervous system function.
Acupuncture may have direct effects on the tissues where the needles are inserted. This type of effect has been seen in connective tissue.
Acupuncture used in conjunction with fertility treatments such as IUI or IVF showed a statistically significant increase in positive outcomes for patients.
Acupuncture has nonspecific effects (effects due to incidental aspects of a treatment rather than its main mechanism of action). Nonspecific effects may be due to the patient’s belief in the treatment, the relationship between the practitioner and the patient, or other factors not directly caused by the insertion of needles. In many studies, the benefit of acupuncture has been greater when it was compared with no treatment than when it was compared with sham (simulated or fake) acupuncture procedures, such as the use of a device that pokes the skin but does not penetrate it. These findings suggest that nonspecific effects contribute to the beneficial effect of acupuncture on pain or other symptoms.
In recent research, a nonspecific effect was demonstrated in a unique way: Patients who had experienced pain relief during a previous acupuncture session were shown a video of that session and asked to imagine the treatment happening again. This video-guided imagery technique had a significant pain-relieving effect.
We pride ourselves in the customized care we provide, and make our patients’ health goals our priority. Our practitioners blend knowledge from both traditional and modern medicine to give you the best treatment possible. We offer more than acupuncture treatments: Herbal Supplements, Cupping, E-Stim, Gua Sha, LED Therapy, O₃ Therapy & more!
We are out of network with all insurance, but happily provide super bills upon request.
Want to get involved to get acupuncture services covered under Medicare?
Contact your Congressional Representatives to support H.R. 3133 Acupuncture for Seniors Act! Thanks to the activists for acupuncture coverage by Medicare with ASA/NCCAOM they have formulated an easy to use platform for any and all supporters of H.R. 3133.
Simply text any of the phrases below to 52886.
(Example: If you’re a student, type Student to 52886)
“Acupuncture” – Acupuncturists seeking support for H.R. 3133
“Student” – Acupuncture students seeking support for H.R. 3133
“Acupuncture Patient” – Non-Medicare patients seeking support for H.R. 3133
“Senior Citizen” – Medicare beneficiaries who are prospective or current acupuncture patients seeking support for H.R. 3133
“Acupuncture Ally” – Allies (non-acupuncture providers, family members of patients, patient advocacy groups, community members, etc.) of the acupuncture profession seeking support for H.R. 3133
After sending your text, follow the generated link to a composed email and Twitter message that you can send to your U.S. Representatives as is, or modify to provide additional information.