FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
"WHAT IS ACUPUNCTURE?"
Acupuncture is a branch of ancient Chinese medicine that is several thousand years old. It works with the subtle energy that we call "Qi" (pronounced "chee") that circulates all around the body. Qi is a vital source within our bodies and any misdirection, blockage, or deficiency will cause pain, dysfunction and ill health. As an acupuncturist, Kathleen will tap into your Qi via Acupuncture Points with needles or manual massage. This stimulation will help restore the normal flow and balance of Qi so that your organs and body systems can work in harmony. This allows the body to repair itself and maintain its own health. WHO Report on Acupuncture
"DOES ACUPUNCTURE HURT?"
Acupuncture is performed with single-use, sterile needles that are thinner than the hair on your head. Sometimes patients report that they feel a sharpness with initial insertion. Once the needles are in, you may feel warmth, tingling, slight throbbing or a distending sensation. Many people fall asleep or meditate while the needles are in. Kathleen always checks in to make sure that all the needles are comfortable, but please let her know if there is something that is concerning you and she can make adjustments as needed.
"WHAT SHOULD I WEAR?"
Depending on the treatment, she may need to access parts of your body that are difficult with tight fitting clothes. A good rule of thumb is to wear clothes that you would feel comfortable exercising in. But don't worry if you come in your skinny jeans, she can use blankets to cover you up.
"HOW SOON SHOULD I EXPECT RESULTS"
Every patient is unique. Depending on the condition, Kathleen may want to see you once or twice a week initially. The goal is to get your body, mind and spirit to a point of balance and alleviate acute symptoms. At that point, your schedule may shift to a more infrequent schedule.
"WHAT IS CUPPING? WHAT IS GUASHA?"
Cupping and guasha are two therapies that Kathleen commonly uses in her practice for the treatment of musculosketal aches and pain. In Chinese Medicine, we say that "where there is pain, there is stagnant blood". In order to move the stagnant blood, she employs two methods. The first is "cupping" which involves the heating of glass cups to create a suction. They are placed against the skin and the skin is sucked into the cup. "Guasha" is done by scraping a tool against the skin. In both methods, blood vessels are broken to allow the flushing out of "stuck blood" and to allow "fresh blood" to take its place. You will likely have residual bruising that can last up to 2 weeks. Cupping and guasha also have a profound effect on the lymph system so it kicks your immune system into gear to function properly. Kathleen will often use cupping and guasha as adjunctive therapy for patients who have immune modulation issues or if a patient is detoxing. Please make sure you drink lots of water (preferably coconut water) after your session.
"Is acupuncture covered by insurance?"
I am not contracted with any insurance companies, but I do bill for PPO insurance.
To find out if acupuncture is one of your covered benefits, just email a picture or scan of both sides of your insurance card to firstname.lastname@example.org.