Most people would say “no,” but you do feel something and everyone’s pain tolerance is different. For the most part, putting the needle in feels like no more than a tug of a hair on your arm or a mosquito bite without the itch. My patients are pleasantly surprised during their first treatment. A common reaction to the first needle is "That's it? That's all it feels like? That was okay." An acupuncture needle is about the width of a hair and after it is inserted, you may feel nothing, or you may feel a heaviness, a mild ache, or a comfortable tingling sensation. Once the needles are in, most people become very relaxed and some even fall asleep during this time.
Yes. Acupuncture needles are thin, flexible, stainless steel. They are sterile and single-use only. After use, they are immediately discarded in a biohazard container. Occasionally, there may be a small bruise at the site, but this is rare.
Yes. We are experienced in treating patients who are taking blood thinners. Be sure to let your acupuncturist know what medications, vitamins, and supplements you are taking.
No! Do not stop any medications unless you have worked out a plan with your medical doctor. New patients sometimes want to skip taking their pain medication on the day of their first treatment in order to test if acupuncture works. Please do not do this. It will complicate treatment because your body may create withdrawal symptoms and unhealthy responses. Keep everything the same. You will still be able to tell when you are making progress and when it is time to talk to your doctor about cutting down or weaning off.
We also offer acupressure (acupuncture without needles), cupping, guasha, Chinese herbal formulas, whole food supplements, nutritional guidance based on traditional Chinese principles, breathing exercises, and lifestyle suggestions. We can also instruct patients in the use of moxibustion at home when appropriate.
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Many people hear about almost unbelievable acupuncture stories – one treatment and my ten-year back pain was gone! Two treatments and I never wanted to smoke again despite my thirty-pack year history! These can and do happen, but they are by far the exception and not the norm. We live in an “instant” culture and people want the same in their healthcare. Pain management and treatment of disease that promises lightning-fast results usually comes with many side effects and new problems. If you want to truly find out what acupuncture can do for you, it is best to plan on 4 to 6 treatments to decide if it is an effective treatment method for you. For chronic or more severe conditions, plan on 8 to 12 treatments. Every treatment is both therapeutic and diagnostic, each treatment building on the previous. It takes time to change the body.
The short answer is no and I mention it here because sometimes new patients are worried about this. The initial series for your particular condition (see previous question) is better and more quickly improved with a number of treatments up front close together. Then I find that patients tend to fall into three categories. Some are very content with what has been accomplished with their chief complaint and don't want to delve into further health concerns. They will usually then stop treatment until they need something again in the future. The second category would be patients with chronic conditions that are difficult to stabilize - they will benefit from maintenance treatments. When symptoms are feeling much better, we then test the waters and move treatments out further apart (e.g. two weeks, to three weeks, to four-to-six weeks) to make sure the benefits hold. These patients will usually continue for awhile with a monthly or quarterly tune-up. The third category includes patient who enjoy and want to include acupuncture in their regular self-care routine, just as they would schedule their massage, dental cleaning, or hair cut. There are no rules when it comes to acupuncture. It's all about how you want it to fit into your life.
We accept cash, check, credit or debit cards (Mastercard, VISA, and Discover). We also accept gift certificates from Three Wells or the Grundy County Chamber of Commerce.
Yes. We offer Three Wells gift certificates in any amount that are valid up to one year from date of purchase. You can stop by anytime during open hours to pick one up.
Yes. If you have insurance coverage for acupuncture performed by a licensed acupuncturist, please read the Insurance page for important information.