Acupuncture Therapy Clinic

Acupuncture Therapy Clinic FAQ Page

Frequently Asked Questions

Questions You Should Ask Us

1.  Does Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine Work?

2.  What does it feel like?  Is it safe and does it hurt?

3.  How should I prepare for and what should I expect from a treatment?

4.  What happens during an acupuncture treatment?

5.  What does acupuncture treat?

6.  How many visits will I need?

7.  Do you accept insurance?

8.  What if I am in a car accident?

9.  Why should I choose Acupuncture Therapy Clinic?

 

1.  Does Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine Work?

Yes.  According to the Ancient Chinese texts, Chinese physicians discovered relationships between the stimulation of certain acupuncture points to various diseases.  For example, for shoulder pain, stimulation of a particular acupuncture point results in a certain type of relief.  At Acupuncture Therapy Clinic, this type of evidence speaks volumes.  Some records indicate that acupuncture and Chinese Medicine is up to 5,000 years old.  At the minimum, this medicine is 2,000 years old.

To us, the age and history of his medicine does matter because it means that these relationships (between acupuncture points and various diseases) have had hundreds of years to develop, mature, and evolve.  In our culture, however, research carries a great deal of weight.  Some researchers argue that the mechanism of action for acupuncture and Chinese Medicine is unknown and others suggest that the mechanism behind acupuncture is known.  Below are some current theories on why Chinese Medicine, specifically acupuncture works:

 

2.  What does it feel like?  Is it safe and does it hurt?

Some people feel a slight pinch as the needles are inserted and others feel nothing at all.  The needles are thin, about the width of a human hair.  One the needles are inserted, most people feel warmth, coolness, dull ache, heaviness and/or slight pressure at the insertion site.  Acupuncture needles are safe.  Once needles have been used, we discard them and dispose of them as biohazard waste.

3.  How should I prepare for a treatment?  What should I expect after a treatment?

Below are a few tips to make your treatment as enjoyable and effective as possible:

 

 

Expectations after treatment:

 

4.  What happens during an acupuncture treatment?

In a first visit, usually a practitioner will take a detailed health history to fully investigate your chief complaint or concern.  This may take up to an hour and a half but it is necessary to create an individualized treatment plan which takes into account your present physical, emotional, and nutritional condition, while focusing on your main health concern.  Using the information collected during this intake an assessment will be made and an individualized treatment plan, specific to only you, will be made.  Acupuncture is the insertion of very fine needles into specific anatomical points.  These points are chosen based on your individual assessment.  Once the needles are placed additional therapies may be used such as acupressure massage to complete the treatment.  The needles are usually retained for 25-30 minutes.

5.  What does acupuncture treat?

 Acupuncture is the branch of Traditional Chinese Medicine that most people are familiar with in the U.S.  Both The World Health Organization (WHO) and The National Institute of Health (NIH) have determined that acupuncture is effective in treating over 40 different disease categories.  Conditions treated by acupuncture include:

If you are wondering if acupuncture can help you with a different or specific condition call the clinic at 970-739-4749 to speak with Katie Thomas, LAc. directly.

6.  How many visits will I need?

The number of visits you will need depends on several factors.  One is how long you have had your current condition.  Acute conditions, like a cold or flu will generally only require one or two treatments.  Conditions that are more recent, like sudden pain from an injury or seasonal allergies may require 3 or 4 treatments  before symptoms are reduced.  Chronic conditions like PMS, asthma, back pain or other problems that you have had for many years may take anywhere from 5 to 10 treatments until you notice significant changes.  Acupuncture is a therapy in which we are training the body to adjust itself.  Just like physical therapy, and/or chemotherapy, multiple treatments are needed for the body to heal itself.  The specific number of treatments depends on the nature and severity of your condition.  Once we are able to determine your body's rate of response, we will custom design a treatment plan for your specific condition.  

7.  Do you accept insurance?

Yes.  Katie Thomas, LAc. is a participating provider on numerous insurance panels. Feel free to contact Katie Thomas, LAc. to inquire.  Also, if your insurance does cover acupuncture benefits and you would like Katie Thomas, LAc. to become a participating provider on your network please call at 970-739-4749.  

8.  What if I am in a car accident?

Car accidents can be quite traumatizing and stressful.  At Acupuncture Therapy Clinic, we work hard to help you manage and resolve your pain by processing your automobile accident claim.  To begin treatments, all we need is the following information:  the date of the accident, your claim number, and your automobile insurance company phone number.

9.  Why should I choose Acupuncture Therapy Clinic?

At Acupuncture Therapy Clinic we truly care about and value the well-being of our patients.  We will work our hardest to provide you with the highest quality healthcare available.