How much does a treatment cost? Treatments are offered at a flat rate of $50 per session. Treatments are also available for children at a discounted rate of $40 per session.
Do you provide additional services such as massage, chiropractic, or cupping? All of our practitioners are Licensed Acupuncturists. As such they can provide acupuncture and acupressure. When appropriate and desired, we can also include a short acupuncture massage called gua sha (sometimes called "spooning" or "scraping"), cupping, and electro-stimulation (or "electroacupuncture"). These therapies can be incorporated into your acupuncture session at no additional charge. Your practitioner will suggest these therapies if they feel they are appropriate, but please also feel free to ask about them at any time.
Is acupuncture covered by insurance? At this time we do not accept insurance. In order to determine if your specific plan covers acupuncture you can call your insurance company (there should be a phone number on the back of your insurance card). Determine if they cover acupuncture administered by a Licensed Acupuncturist (not an MD, DC, or DO). They should be able to tell you how many visits are authorized, if you need pre-authorization or a physician's referral, etc. We will provide you with a receipt (via email) with the dates and specific CPT codes (Current Procedural Terminology) for acupuncture treatment. You can then submit this receipt to your insurance company for reimbursement. If they require any additional information or documentation we will be happy to provide it.
Can I use my HSA/FSA for acupuncture treatments? Absolutely! Flex Spending and Health Savings Accounts (FSAs and HSAs) support the use of alternative medicine provided by Licensed Acupuncturists. We will provide all necessary receipts for you to submit.
What forms of payment do you accept? We accept cash, check, and all major credit cards. Payment is expected at time of service. We reserve the right to charge $25 for appointments cancelled or broken without 24 hours advance notice.
How long does a treatment typically take? New patients should allow about 45 to 60 minutes for the first session. This will allow time for the practitioner to discuss your medical history and make treatment recommendations for lifestyle changes and herbs or supplements, in addition to providing your acupuncture treatment. Follow-up sessions are generally about 30 minutes.
How should I dress for a treatment? If possible, wear loose-fitting clothing. The majority of treatments can be done while clothed. Standard medical gowns are available for your use.
Is acupuncture painful? Acupuncture is generally not painful, but temporary discomfort is possible. You may feel a mild twinge or pinch as the needles is inserted, but the sensation dissipates quickly and you generally don't feel anything while the needle remains inserted.
What are the needles like? The needles used in acupuncture are about ten times thinner than the needles used for blood draws or injections. The needles used at our clinic are sterile, single-use, disposable, and stainless steel.
How soon should I expect results? Results vary depending on the situation and condition. Acute conditions (like a sprained ankle) generally see faster results than chronic conditions (such as long term lower back pain), which may require multiple sessions. For a more detailed explanation of the expected progression of treatment, please refer to this blog post.