Frequently Asked Questions

What is acupuncture?

Acupuncture is a natural healing therapy used in Chinese Medicine and enhances homeostasis of the body by stimulating the body’s natural ability to heal. During each individualized acupuncture treatment, very thin, sterilized needles are inserted at precise points on the body (the needles are disposed of at the end of each treatment). Stimulating specific combinations of these points will lessen pain, reduce inflammation, and improve range of motion by promoting the circulation of Qi (pronounced “chee”) along natural meridian channels in the body.

How does acupuncture work?

Acupuncture affects the body immediately upon insertion of the needles in the body. When inserted, the needles stimulate Qi and blood flow and increases circulation to the affected area(s) of the body depending on the location of the needles. In a biomedical description, acupuncture stimulates the release of natural occurring chemicals called endorphins which help reduce pain and decrease stress in the body.

How does acupuncture feel?

Acupuncture treatments are, for the most part, pain-free. Sometimes patients will feel tingling, itching, or numbness at the insertion point. Many patients find it so relaxing that they fall asleep on the table during treatment.

How many treatments will I need and how often?

Almost always you will experience immediate relief during and after the initial treatment. The effects may last for as long as the needles are retained in the body during treatment or for a day or week after the initial treatment. In order to experience the full benefit of acupuncture, it is recommended that you receive a follow up acupuncture treatment before the main symptoms return to original intensity or quality. This means that you may have to receive acupuncture treatment 2-3 times within the first week or more and then to once per week after that.

Acute conditions (date of injury/occurrence is less than 6 months) may be resolved within as little as 3 treatments or more as long as it is not an acute exacerbation of a chronic underlying issue or a structural problem (i.e. bone deformation, bone fracture, disc degeneration, etc.).

Chronic conditions (date of injury/occurrence is 6 months or more) may be resolved within 6-12 treatments with continual supportive treatments afterwards or a lot longer, depending on the presence of other factors (i.e. sleep habits, diet, exercise routine, re-injury or overuse, environmental stress, emotional stress, etc.).

How much does it cost?

Check with your health insurance provider to see if your plan covers acupuncture or you contact Christina Leigh Acupuncture to verify coverage for you. Please refer to the Insurance section for more information and further instruction for verification.

If you are not covered by health insurance, we offer prompt pay discounts for packages of acupuncture treatments.

Please refer to the Rates section for specific prices.

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