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Is it voodoo?

No. No it's not.

Does an acupuncture treatment hurt?

Usually not much at all - some compare the intensity of sensation to what is felt when pulling out a single hair. Any pain that is felt is typically only momentary. Most people become deeply relaxed and/or fall asleep once all points are placed. In any case, the slight pain you might experience is far less than what you are experiencing from your problem that made you consider acupuncture.

Why would I want to have an acupuncture treatment?

Here are a few responses to a question that may have hundreds of
answers...

  • to help you relax
  • to help you feel more energized
  • to help you avoid illness/injury
  • to help alleviate physical pain
  • to help you think more clearly
  • to help you stop thinking (especially around bedtime)
  • to help with digestive issues, including Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD) Gastro and Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)
  • to use alongside many conventional therapies/medications for the purpose of augmenting their effect and lowering doses
  • to add legitimate choices for your health care assistance

As acupuncture is part of a whole and logical medical system, there is almost always an approach for an acupuncturist to take in helping to manage a health problem (or even better, help you to remain pain and illness free).

In 1979, the World Health Organization published a short list of conditions seen as appropriate for treatment with acupuncture. This is not a complete list of conditions appropriate for treatment, but just some examples.

The list includes:

  • Abdominal pain
  • Addiction control
  • Anxiety
  • Arthritis
  • Asthma
  • Athletic performance
  • Back/neck pain
  • Blood pressure regulation
  • Bronchitis
  • Chronic fatigue
  • Common cold
  • Constipation
  • Depression
  • Diarrhea
  • Gingivitis
  • Headaches
  • Hyperacidity
  • IBS
  • Immune system tonification
  • Indigestion
  • Infertility
  • Insomnia
  • Menopausal symptoms
  • Migraines
  • Muscle cramping/pain
  • Nervousness
  • Neurogenic bladder dysfunction
  • Neurosis
  • Numbness
  • Parkinson's disease
  • Poor vision
  • Postoperative pain
  • Premenstrual syndrome
  • Sciatica
  • Sinusitis
  • Stress reduction
  • Stroke
  • Tinnitis
  • Tonsillitis
  • Toothache

What happens during my first visit?

You'll need to fill out several forms, so please allow ample time before your consultation.

After paperwork is completed, you'll consult with your acupuncturist confidentially to discuss your health concern(s) and a treatment plan will be recommended for you. Your acupuncture treatment in a shared treatment room comes next.

You will remain fully dressed, but please wear comfortable clothing. You'll just have to roll your sleeves and pant legs up in order to get ready for your treatment as we use styles of acupuncture which allow us to select points primarily on the arms and legs.

While the results of acupuncture treatment can seem miraculous, there are no magic bullets. Most of the problems people seek treatment for have developed over an extended time period, so expecting immediate, lasting results is simply unrealistic. Most patients require repeated treatment before their problems are resolved.

Which leads to the next questions:

How much does it cost? Do you accept Medicare or XYZ insurance?

The community clinic model (several patients are treated at the same time in the same room) allows us to charge just $30! This is about what you can expect to pay for an insurance co-pay and is less than half of what you would pay for a private acupuncture treatment. Private treatments in most Connecticut acupuncture clinics range from $60 - $120.

Acupuncture is not covered by Medicare and it is not a covered benefit in most insurance plans. Those plans that do pay for acupuncture often restrict what complaints can be treated while other plans offer a small discount off of the regular private treatment price ($60 - $100).  Accordingly, we do not accept any insurance coverage, but would be happy to offer a receipt for your visit so you may submit it directly.

We accept cash or personal checks. Visa & MasterCard payments will be accepted shortly.

Please follow this link (http://www.manchesteracupuncturestudio.org/more-answers) to my friend's website to get additional information about acupuncture.



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