FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Q: Is acupuncture painful?
A: Everyone’s level of sensitivity is different. Acupuncture needles are hair thin, and while some people experience momentary, mild pain when the needle is inserted (like a small, quick pinch), many say that they don’t feel a thing. The most common response from first timers is, “Wow! That was it?!”. Many people find acupuncture so relaxing that they fall asleep during their visits.
Q: How long are the needles in?
A: Under most circumstances, 30 minutes. Sometimes treatments are slightly shorter during pregnancy.
Q: What should I wear?
A: Ideally, loose fitting clothing, especially with access to the forearms and lower legs. Many of the most common points used are in these areas, along with the hands and feet. If you’re coming for an injury, access to the injury site is ideal, however I can also provide a gown.
Q: How long is the visit?
A: Most visits are about an hour, however the first visit can be anywhere from an hour to an hour and a half.
Q: Can I use my insurance?
A: Many insurance policies will cover acupuncture visits, however the majority will only cover musculoskeletal and pain related conditions. ***In order to bill your insurance, this needs to be the primary reason for the visit.
I am contracted with the following: Blue Shield, Cigna, Landmark, and Prime
Please note that some Blue Shield plans (primarily HMO plans) go through American Specialty Health (ASH), which I am no longer contracted with.
I can also bill out of network or provide you with a superbill.
Worker’s Compensation: Acupuncture visits need to be approved prior to the initial visit. If I am not in your network, some plans will allow you to request approval for the provider of your choice.