Frequently Asked Questions About Our Acupuncture Services
Acupuncture Medical & Research Centre is delighted to help you find the answers to your questions as well as the solutions to your health challenges. Here are some frequently asked questions about our acupuncture services:
- How does acupuncture work?
- Does acupuncture hurt?
- What can acupuncture treat?
- What to expect on your first visit?
- What type of response can I expect?
- How can I find out whether acupuncture will help me?
- When should I call to get the best time slot for my acupuncture appointments?
- My insurance does not include acupuncture and traditional medicine. What can I do to get coverage?
How does acupuncture work?
Acupuncture stimulates the body's mechanisms for healing itself. The insertion of hair-fine needles just under the skin at specific points enhances blood flow while triggering the release of endorphins and cortisol, the body's natural pain relievers and healers.
Does acupuncture hurt?
Not at our office! Dee Ann Newbold is trained in pain-free techniques to help our patients enjoy a comfortable, soothing, relaxing experience at our Austin acupuncture clinic. Sensations range from nothing at all to, at most, a mosquito bite. Considering the profound relief you can experience from a variety of debilitating symptoms, you may actually love your acupuncture sessions!
What can acupuncture treat?
Acupuncture treats common musculoskeletal discomforts such as headaches, migraines, back pain, shoulder pain, neck pain, carpal tunnel syndrome, sciatica and whiplash. But it can also treat such diverse ailments as poor circulation, edema, allergies, infertility, PMS, shingles, eczema, immunosuppressive disorders and too many other to mention. Acupuncture can even relieve addictive disorders and provide facial rejuvenation that may have you looking 5 to 10 years younger).
What to expect on your first visit?
Your first visit will take 1 ½ to 2 hours as you fill out a medical history form, and as Dee Ann reviews your individual case. If you agree to proceed with treatment, Dee Anne will perform various diagnostic tests to understand your condition in depth and select specific acupuncture points. Your first treatment will take between 35 and 55 minutes, with followup visits ranging from 45 to 75 minutes in length. Dee Ann will prescribe a personalized treatment plan during the initial visit; the actual number of treatment sessions may change according to the results we're seeing.
What responses can I expect from an acupuncture treatment?
Each person responds differently to an acupuncture treatment. Your response may be immediate or delayed, dramatic or subtle. The main way to determine how the acupuncture is working is to watch for differences in the right direction, such as diminishing pain intensity. Be aware that functional disorders such as constipation or allergies may take somewhat longer to respond.
How can I find out whether acupuncture will help me?
Our Austin acupuncturist, Dee Ann Newbold, is more than happy to offer a complimentary evaluation/exam. This gives you the opportunity to meet Dee Ann, see our treatment rooms and ask any questions you may have, while allowing us to determine whether you're a good candidate for acupuncture. You'll have the chance to ask our Acupuncture Medical & Research Centre staff about office procedures, insurance coverage and treatment fees.
When should I call to get the best time slot for my acupuncture appointments?
We offer appointment from 9am to 5:30pm Monday through Friday, and please call for current schedule 512-336-7424. We also offer email-based appointment scheduling for established clients. We recommend scheduling your appointments in advance to boost your odds of getting the most convenient days and times for your busy schedule.
My insurance doesn't cover acupuncture and traditional medicine. What should I do?
Vote with your wallet! Remember that insurance companies are brokers for specific policies, so it's in their best interests to provide consumers with what consumers want. Let your voice be heard – tell your insurance company to add this coverage to your policy if they expect to keep your business. Also, don't accept a policy that covers only acupuncture provided by a medical doctor. (Texas doesn't even require doctors to have acupuncture training in order to prescribe this form of therapy!) Insist on a Texas-licensed acupuncturist with the requisite 1800+ hours of training. Your health deserves no less!