-Acupuncture: Acupuncture treatment is based on the foundations of Traditional Chinese Medicine. In Chinese Medicine each person has a network of energy channels or "meridians" that run through their body. One's health is dependent on the constant flow and circulation of energy or "Qi" (pronounced "chee") and nutrients through these meridians as well as the balance of the Yin and Yang. Many things can cause blockages, imbalances, or disruptions: pathogens, stress, poor diet, lack of exercise, trauma, medications (and their side effects), etc. Acupuncture works by inserting needles into specific points on the body which stimulate blocked meridians and help to return the flow of energy to its normal, balanced state.
-Gua Sha: Modern research has shown that Gua sha (a type of scraping technique) produces an anti-inflammatory and immune-protective effect. The positive effects of a single treatment will persists for days. Gua Sha is particularly helpful with pain, stiffness, fever, chills, coughing, wheezing, nausea and vomiting, etc.
-Moxibustion: A form of fire/heat treatment that stimulates specific acupuncture points of the body. The term is derived from the Japanese "mogusa" meaning the herb mugwort and the Latin "bustion" meaning burning. Moxibustion therapy, in conjunction with acupuncture, can be very effective for treating many diseases and conditions including back pain, muscle stiffness, headaches, migraines, tendonitis, arthritis, digestive disorders, anxiety, and reproductive system problems such as menstrual cramps, irregular periods, and infertility.
-Cupping : Generally, cupping is combined with acupuncture in one treatment, but it can also be used alone. The suction and negative pressure provided by cupping can loosen muscles, encourage blood flow, and sedate the nervous system (which makes it an excellent treatment for high blood pressure!). Cupping is used to relieve back and neck pains, stiff muscles, anxiety, fatigue, migraines, rheumatism, and even cellulite. For weight loss and cellulite treatments, oil is first applied to the skin, and then the cups are moved up and down the surrounding area.
Initial Acupuncture Consultation and Treatment...........................$90.00
Follow-up Acupuncture Treatment.................................................$70.00
Fertility Acupuncture/Wellness Consultation and Treatment.......$110.00
Full Hour of Cupping......................................................................$70.00
(If added to acupuncture treatment) ($15.00)
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*Note: Insurance may be billed for the above services, however, payment is expected at the time of service and we will provide you with a statement that you can turn in to your insurance. If they allow the treatment as part of your benefit plan, you will be reimbursed directly by the insurance company, not Dublin Family Chiropractic.
Here are answers to some of the more common questions that acupuncture patients may ask. If you have additional questions that aren't addressed on the website, please feel free to contact us, or stop by and ask to speak with Anya. She'll be more that willing to help ease any of your uncertainties.
Most patients tell me that acupuncture is almost painless. Typically, patients feel a small prick as the needle first breaks the skin, but after that most say they can no longer feel the needle. They may feel pressure or tingling in the area, but you should not be in pain. Keep in mind also that the needles being used are extremely thin, much MUCH smaller than an injection needle used at a doctor's office.
If it is your first time, it usually takes about 90 minutes. We will sit down and go through all your paperwork and medical history. We will also establish what your goals are and what you want to get out of your treatments. All return visits usually last less than 60 minutes.
You retain the needles for approximately 30 minutes. You will be seated in a chair or lying down on a massage table (depending on the area being treated) while the needles are in. You'll be relaxed to the point where you won't even feel them, for the most part.
We tell most patients to wear or bring a pair of loose fitting clothes. If you wear these, in most cases we can work around them. However, depending on the area we need to work on, such as hip, upper leg, or lower back, most patients are more comfortable undressed with a towel or sheet draped over them. Every effort will be made to make sure you are comfortable.