How do I prepare for a treatment?
It’s best to wear comfortable clothing – something that will allow us to roll your pants above the knee and your sleeves above the elbow. Be sure to eat a snack or meal within an hour or two of your appointment. If possible, avoid strenuous activity or exercise after you are finished with your session to allow for maximum relaxation and benefit.
What does the first treatment consist of?
A treatment plan is then made based upon your history, intake, tongue, and pulse. You will lie down on a treatment table or reclined in a chair, get comfortable, and the needles will be inserted. Herbal formulas and nutritional recommendations will be discussed if applicable at the end of the session.
How long does an appointment last?
Your first visit will last about 90 minutes and subsequent visits will be about 30-60 minutes. Once the needles are inserted, you will lay comfortably for 15-45 minutes. And if you fall asleep that’s okay!
How do you diagnose ailments before treatment?
Practitioners typically use four methods to evaluate a patient’s condition:
- observing a patients appearance (especially the tongue)
- asking questions
- feeling a patient’s pulse
Pulse taking is one of the most important aspects in determining the correct course of treatment. Practitioners will feel the pulse at multiple locations from both the right and left radial artery at the wrist. Each location represents a different organ and any underlying imbalance or illness associated with each can be felt.
What will I feel?
Everybody experiences the effects of acupuncture a little differently. Depending on the type of problem being treated, some people may start to notice the benefits almost immediately, others may feel a difference a few hours after treatment, and some may need a few treatments before they notice an improvement. Some people become very relaxed while others may feel energized. Most people experience little to no pain at all.
How many treatments will I need?
For most conditions, a series of several treatments is required in order for you to achieve maximum benefit. A course of treatment for many complaints can range from 6-12 treatments while the typical course of treatment for fertility might be a weekly treatment over 3-6 months. After your initial evaluation, you will be given recommendations on the number and frequency of treatments. Since acupuncture has a cumulative effect, we encourage you to front load your treatments by coming twice weekly and gradually tapering off, eventually coming in for monthly “tune-ups.” This way, you can take advantage of our twice weekly treatment plan pricing–benefiting both your body and your bank!
How much will it cost?
Prices vary depending on the treatment, but typically range from $45-95 depending on the type and length of service. These prices are in line with most other clinics that offer the same services.
Do you accept insurance?
Though most insurance plans do not cover acupuncture or other therapies we provide, we encourage all of our patients to check with their provider. Many of our patients use funds set aside in a flex-spending account (pre-tax dollars) to pay for treatment or utilize their HSA (health savings accounts). 8branches is happy to provide the necessary paperwork to submit for reimbursement from your insurance company.