Does acupuncture hurt?
Acupuncture needles are VERY small. They are not injection needles, like what is used to give a shot or draw blood. There might be a sensation when the needle is inserted, but causes only very minimal pain, if at all. A normal response to the needles is a dull, heavy feeling at the site of insertion.
What can acupuncture treat?
Kacy specializes in the treatment of sports injuries, pain, and musculoskeletal disorders. However, acupuncture can treat a wide range of conditions and illnesses.
THE UPPER EXTREMITIES:
Lateral epicondylitis (tennis elbow)
Medial epicondylitis (golfer’s elbow)
Carpal tunnel syndrome
Arthritis of the wrist, hand, and finger joints
Supraspinatous and infraspinatous tendonitis
AC joint separation, AC joint arthritis
Levator scapulae syndrome
Shoulder impingement syndrome
NECK AND HEAD
Osteoarthritis of the hip joint
SI joint dysfunction
Ligament sprain (MCL, ACL, LCL)
Patello-femoral joint pain (runner’s knee)
Ilio-tibial band syndrome
LEGS AND FEET:
Shin splints, both anterior and medial
Muscular compartmental syndrome (chronic)
Osteoarthritis (“big toe”)
Stress and anxiety
And MUCH more
How does acupuncture work?
“If there is pain, there is no free flow; if there is free flow, there is no pain” – Unknown
The ancient Chinese proverb referenced above simply explains how acupuncture works. Acupuncture promotes and reestablishes free flow within the body. In Chinese medicinal theory, there are twelve main meridians that run throughout the body. Sometimes, these meridians get blocked, which in turn gives us a sensation of pain, or can even cause other diseases to form. Acupuncture needles help to unblock these areas, as well as treat the underlying condition that originally blocked the meridians. Therefore, this not only helps your symptoms disappear, but also keeps them from returning in the future.
Is acupuncture safe?
YES! Each needle is pre-packaged, sterile, and only used once. When practiced safely, acupuncture does not have any serious side-effects. Acupuncture is suitable for almost everyone, including children and elderly.
Can you treat children?
Yes! Acupuncture is very safe and effective for children. Common ailments we treat in pediatrics include: colds/flu, allergies, ear infections/pain, asthma, digestive issues, skin rashes, and much more! These treatments usually last around 30-45 minutes.
How many treatments will I need?
This number can vary greatly. We usually recommend 1-3 treatments per week starting off depending on how chronic your condition is. The more acute issues are “faster” to treat. We recommend getting treatments regularly to maintain results after a symptom-free baseline is established.
Do you accept insurance?
We are billing for insurance. Please check with your plan to see if you have coverage for acupuncture treatments and your diagnosis is covered, as well. Most insurance companies have a limit on how many treatments per year are covered or what ailments they cover. If you do have coverage, your co-pay will be due at the time of service. Please bring your insurance card to your appointment. If you have any questions about insurance coverage, please contact the office.