Frequently Asked Questions
Is Acupuncture safe?
Acupuncture is very safe when given by a licensed acupuncturist. Before getting acupuncture, make sure that the practitioner went to a recognized school and is licensed by the state.
Does Acupuncture hurt?
Acupuncture treatments are not painful. When the needle is breaking through the skin, there may be a slight pinch or burn sensation at the site. Once the needle is in place and you are resting, there should be no pain where the needles are.
How does Acupuncture work?
In Traditional Chinese Medicine it is believed that illness is due to an imbalance in the flow of energy throughout the body. We use disposable stainless steel acupuncture needles to stimulate the 14 energy-carrying meridians in the body to help prevent and treat various illnesses.
Why should I see a licensed acupuncturist over another health professional performing "dry needling"?
A licensed acupuncturist has over 2,500 hours and at least 3+ years of graduate-level training in Chinese Medicine and Western Medicine, with over 600 hours of in-person clinical training before graduating. Other health professionals require less than 150 hours of training to be able to perform acupuncture or "dry needling" as it's called.
Although most will not agree, dry needling is actually acupuncture that is performed by a professional not licensed to perform acupuncture because of their insufficient training in Chinese Medicine. Jamie performs what is considered dry needling on almost every one of her patients that comes in for muscle and joint-related issues.
If you have any questions about this topic please feel free to contact us.
Where do you put the needles?
The needles are placed strategically throughout the body at different acupuncture points to promote healing. Depending on the condition being treated, acupuncture needles may be placed on the arms, legs, abdomen, back, head, and ears.
Is Acupuncture safe during pregnancy?
Yes, acupuncture is safe during pregnancy and can help relieve many conditions during pregnancy and postpartum. It is very important to inform us if you are or may be pregnant because there are acupuncture points that are contraindicated during pregnancy.
acupuncture is great during the first trimester to assist with the development and treat symptoms that arise early on.
How often should I receive treatment?
The frequency of treatments will vary for each patient depending on the condition and how the body responds to Acupuncture.1to 2 times per week until progress is made is typical.
Will my insurance cover Acupuncture?
Natural Point Wellness does not accept insurance. We do accept HSA and FSA. You are able to submit treatments to your insurance for reimbursement if you would like.
Can I go to work or exercise after my treatment?
Although you may feel a bit tired after the treatment, you are free to return to work or exercise. However, we do recommend an easier exercise regimen immediately following the treatment.
If the practitioner recommends otherwise, they will let you know during your appointment.
What are the benefits of cupping combined with acupuncture?
Cupping can be added to an acupuncture treatment to increase the movement of blood and energy to help with pain and tension.
Will I have bruising after treatment?
The bruising after a cupping treatment really depends on your body and how much "stagnation" there is in the area being treated. Bruising can range from a very dark purple to pale pink. The color of the bruising tells us what exactly is going on in the body and your practitioner will tell you about the color of your bruising during your session.
How long is a typical session?
A cupping session will last roughly 30 minutes. If you are adding cupping to your acupuncture treatment your cupping will last roughly 15 minutes.
Who should not have cupping treatment?
Cupping is avoided for anyone on anticoagulants or bleeding disorders. All other medications and conditions will be evaluated by the practitioner.
How often do I need to be treated?
Treatments will be once a month for 4-6 months depending on the desired results.
Is micro-needling painful?
Micro-needling can be uncomfortable on certain areas of the face but a numbing cream can be applied to sensitive areas.
Does micro-needling dry out your face?
Since micro-needling increases absorption by 2000%-3000%, the face will require extra moisture for a few days after the treatment. We recommend using hyaluronic acid for a few days after the treatment to keep the face hydrated.
Will there be swelling after treatment?
Immediately after the treatment, there will be some redness and inflammation. After the micro-needling treatment, we will use an aloe face mask with green tea to soothe the skin and reduce inflammation and redness.