Frequently Asked Questions

What is acupuncture?  Acupuncture is the stimulation of specific points on the body, which have the ability to alter various biochemical and physiological conditions in order to achieve a healing effect in the body.  It is not a cure-all or a “miracle” treatment, but works well alone or in combination with traditional western medicine.

How does acupuncture work?  Ancient Chinese medical philosophy believes that disease is a result of an imbalance of energy in the body.  Acupuncture is believed to balance this energy to assist the body in healing disease.  In western terms, acupuncture can assist the body to heal itself by causing certain physiological changes. For example, acupuncture can stimulate nerves, increase blood circulation, relieve muscle spasms, treat trigger points, and cause the release of hormones such as endorphins (one of the body’s pain control chemicals) or cortisol (a natural steroid)

What do the needles feel like? Is it painful? Are the needles safe?  The needles used to stimulate acupuncture points are very thin, barely thicker than a few human hairs. The needles used are made of the finest quality stainless steel; they are presterilized, used once and disposed of.  A patient may experience a sense of heaviness or electricity in the area of insertion.  Most patients find the treatments very relaxing and many fall asleep during treatments.  Because everyone is different, each person will have a unique experience with acupuncture.  Please ask questions before, during, and after your treatment.

How long do acupuncture treatments last, and how often are they needed?  The length and frequency of treatments depends on the problem and condition presented.  The initial treatment will take anywhere from one hour to one and one half hours.  Additional treatments usually last one hour.  Stimulation of individual acupuncture points may be for as little as 10 seconds and as long as 30 minutes.  Generally, acute problems require less time and frequency of treatments than chronic conditions.  Once an optimum response is achieved, treatments are tapered off so that the greatest amount of symptom free time elapses between them.

Are workers compensation patients accepted?  Yes, Rob does accept workers compensation patients based on approval by the caseworker and adjustors.

Will my insurance cover acupuncture treatments? Some insurance policies do cover acupuncture, however we do not submit insurance claims.  ABR Acupuncture will provide you with the coded paper work needed to file for reiembursment for yourself.

What can I expect from a treatment with Rob? During the initial visit, we will discuss your medical and family history, your current situation, as well as a brief physical examination.  This is a time for your questions and concerns to be heard and understood in the context of your particular situation.  After this assessment, Rob will then decide what course of treatment will be best for your particular condition.  A combination of modalities including acupuncture, massage and neuromuscular therapy, cranio-sacral therapy, and a low level laser may be used during your treatment.

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