Frequently Asked Questions
Does acupuncture hurt?
Acupuncture needles are ultra-thin, barely thicker than a body hair. The sensations that patients experience during acupuncture range from nothing at all to a brief ache or dull sensation in the area being needled. Some points are more sensitive than others. By and large patients describe the sensations as fleeting and deeply relaxing.
Is acupuncture covered by insurance?
A growing number of insurance companies will reimburse for acupuncture treatments. Call us today to find out if your plan has acupuncture benefits and eligibility. We are preferred providers for certain carriers.
Do I have to be ill to benefit from acupuncture?
Absolutely not. Many patients come for regular treatments to achieve increased effectiveness and enjoyment at work. Many others come to help deepen their relationships with others. Acupuncture is also a powerful preventative measure to keep patients healthy throughout the year.
Why would I see an acupuncturist?
Many patients begin acupuncture treatment to find relief from a wide range of physical conditions. What often begins as a concern over several symptoms often transforms into deep personal healing that reaches far beyond the physical condition. The greatest reason to begin acupuncture treatment is to recover and cultivate your awareness of the tremendous healing power of your body. Acupuncture awakens the senses and offers the possibility of deep healing of the body, mind and spirit. Many patients experience increased clarity, creativity, satisfying sleep, more energy and a clearer sense of purpose in their day-to-day lives in addition to relief from their symptoms.
Are the needles safe?
Yes. Sterile disposable needles are used. They are used once and then disposed of immediately. Strict adherence to Clean Needle Technique is observed.
What about herbs?
I prescribe patent herbal formulas for common conditions. Should I feel that you would benefit from a more individual prescription, I would offer you several referrals to herbalists whom I trust.
Do I have to believe in acupuncture in order for it to work?
No. Acupuncture works on animals and they benefit tremendously from treatment without any preconceived notions of what it does. Skeptics and doubters are just as welcomed as believers and enthusiasts, acupuncture will do what it does regardless of one’s thoughts about it.
How frequently do I need to come to benefit from treatment?
Following the initial consultation, ideally you will be seen in weekly one-hour sessions for 6-8 visits. During this time, significant signs of progress will likely appear. As patients experience improvement in their condition and enjoy a greater sense of ease in life, treatments may be extended to every other week, every three weeks, monthly and eventually seasonally. The frequency of treatments varies with each individual. Strict adherence to patient confidentiality is maintained at all times.
I want to come for treatment, what do I do next?
You can schedule yourself directly on the website or contact us at the telephone number displayed on the top of our website, or email us: firstname.lastname@example.org. We will discuss your concerns and schedule an initial visit. During your first visit we will explore a treatment schedule that will best meet your needs.
How do I get the most out of each treatment?
Be sure to eat well before coming to treatment. Avoid caffeine or alcohol during the day of treatment. Avoid intense physical activity before or after your scheduled treatment.
How does acupuncture work?
There are many different theories as to how acupuncture works. Some believe it’s the electrical stimulation that releases endorphins in the brain, other studies seem to prove that it’s a bio-chemical release that happens in our bodies. However, these definitions seem to be limited to the defining models of examination since not all is observable under a microscope or CT scan. Yet millions of Americans are now seeking acupuncture treatments and referring their friends and family. Their experiences are perhaps “anecdotal” but very valid.
This highly effective system of medical care is based on natural laws, which govern the movement of vital life giving energy, both in nature and in the body. This energy, called chi, moves through the body in precise channels supporting functions of the body, mind and spirit. When the chi is moving disharmoniously, imbalance begins to surface in the form of specific symptoms. To address the underlying cause of a condition, these symptoms are viewed in relationship to the totality of a person in order to explore the root cause of a condition or illness. The gentle insertion of hair thin needles at specific points along the channels of chi energy, help restore harmony at the deepest level of the body, mind, and spirit. In the presence of this subtle yet profound intervention, symptoms often resolve and patients frequently experience deep positive transformations.
What is a professional coach?
The International Coach Federation (ICF), the leading global coaching organization, defines it as “partnering with clients in a thought–provoking and creative process that inspires them to maximize their personal and professional potential.”
Who uses coaches?
Any individual or organization that is seeking to be launched into their careers, break free from their professional dissatisfaction, and to create a rewarding, more fulfilled life.
How can coaching benefit me?
Professional coaching can drive personal satisfaction, increase engagement and creativity, improve workplace satisfaction, and boost bottom line results. An initial investment in executive coaching has been shown to provide up to a 300% return on investment (ROI). In other words, it’s a no brainer and rapidly making its way into wellness programs throughout the nation. It makes personal and economic sense.
Will the coach advise me and tell me what to do?
A good coach will focus on your individual strengths, work in harmony with your goals and set of values but does not give advice or tell you what to do. Instead, a coach uses skills and techniques to challenge you to find the answers from within. Their expertise lies in the process of changing behavior, which is much more valuable than giving instructions.
How is a coach different from a therapist?
Coaching is not a form of psychotherapy. Coaching is for those that are motivated to change their situation and are future-focused. Therapy focuses on unraveling past events and wounds that are impacting your current state-of-mind. Coaching is more action-oriented and focuses on where you are today and how to get to where you want to be. With a coach, you will develop tactics to break down your current unproductive, self-sabotaging behaviors and perceptions, (of yourself and others), so you can be free to courageously start taking steps towards your desired future.
How is a coach different from a good friend?
Though our coach is very friendly, she is not your friend. She is your professional advocate and wants the best for you. In a trusting and confidential environment, your coach will challenge you to grow and do more than you think you are capable of. Your coach will hold you accountable and stretch you in ways that may feel uncomfortable. The coaching relationship, unlike a friendship, is unilateral – the focus is on you.
Is coaching covered by insurance?
Currently no. Though according to a Manchester Consulting Group study of Fortune 100 executives, the Economic Times reports “coaching resulted in a return on Investment (ROI) of almost six times the coaching cost as well as a 77% improvement in relationships, 67% improvement in teamwork, 61% improvement in job satisfaction and 48% improvement in quality.” Additionally, a study of Fortune 500 telecommunications companies by MatrixGlobal found executive coaching resulted in a 529% ROI. In Sum, life coaching is an investment that can produce monetary rewards above and beyond the initial cost.
How do I know this coach is right for me?
Having a connection with your coach is very important. We offer a free 30-minute telephone consultation to determine if this is right for you.
Coaching is not regulated, how can I get a guarantee?
Our coach is accredited and certified by the ICF (The International Coach Federation), which provides independent certification that serves as the benchmark of professionalism in the industry. Our coach also has had years of experience and can supply you with referrals should you need them.