Does Acupuncture Hurt.
The easy answer here is no. Acupuncture needles are thinner than a human hair and they are inserted in a manner where you will not feel the insertion. Some people do feel their muscles release during the treatment and their brain interprets this as pain (I find this happens more often the more muscular you are). So, while you shouldn't feel the needle at all, some people do not like the surprise of the muscle releasing, others find it relaxing. Some patients are more sensitive to acupuncture. Their nerves pick up every sensation going on around them. We are not sure yet what makes some patient more sensitive to acupuncture vs others but for these patients, cupping may be a better option for you.
Of course if at any time you feel uncomfortable during your treatment I always want my patients to feel free to talk to me so they can receive the best care possible.
Do you take insurance? Yes, I am currently in network with Cigna and take out of network insurance from most other health care policy's. Most insurances only cover Acupuncture for pain related issues, so please be aware of that if you plan on using your benefits. Some Insurance in Florida also cover Manual Therapy from Acupuncturist as well. This includes, Cupping.
Common Insurances that may reimburse Acupuncture and Manual Therapy:
-Blue Cross Blue Shield
-United Health Care
Feel free to fill out the insurance verification form and I will get back to you within 24 hours to let you know if you have Acupuncture benefits.
Does Cupping Hurt?
As crazy as cupping looks, it actually feels quite amazing. Most describe it as a massage type feeling as the cups pull the fascia up and away from the muscles increasing circulation in that area and allowing the muscles to relax.
Who should get cupping?
Everyone. Cupping is a great option for relieving muscle tension and easing pain.
Is Cupping safe during pregnancy?
Yes, cupping during pregnancy is very safe if you are being cupped by a practitioner that is properly trained. Always let your practitioner know if you are pregnant so they can avoid certain areas of your body.
What should I wear?
For all appointments, please wear loose comfortable clothing. Remember I can't treat the area if I can't see it.
For females please wear a bra that exposes the area I am working on (traps, upper back). Bras that can be unstrapped are best
Are Vitamin Injections Safe?
Vitamin therapy is safe and a very effective treatment for those who have vitamin deficiencies, have a weakened immune system, compromised intestinal health, and preexisting health conditions. It is always recommended to consult with your primary physician before trying any new treatments. Our injection therapies contain natural vitamins, minerals and amino acids that are found in foods and supplementation. Sensitives and allergies are very rare.
Why Injections Instead of Oral Supplements? Absorbing vitamins isn't as easy as it seems. Due to years of poor diet, poor digestion, or inflammation, many people are not able to process vitamins properly through digestion. By bypassing the digestive system and injecting directly into the muscle, the body is able to absorb all of the nutrients injected at much higher doses.
When should I expect to notice the effects of my treatment?
Everyone processes vitamins differently and at different rates. On average, most people feel the effects within 24 hours. Usually, energy and mental clarity are the most noticeable improvements within 1-3 days of receiving treatment.
How long will the treatment last in my system?
Similar to how quickly you will feel benefits of our therapies, your current health status will determine how long these nutrients will last in your body system. Being that the nutrients administer are water soluble, they usually have a lifespan of 7-10 days. The more consistent you are with treatments, the better!
What type of needles do you use?
I use the tiniest needle possible so you don't have to worry about the fear of a big needle causing pain or damage to your muscle. Most patients state they don't even feel the injection being administered.