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HOW ACUPUNCTURE WORKS  (link)


Science continues to discover how Acupuncture works.

Allison explains Acupuncture in two simple ways to her clients.  First, the needle is stainless steel, and the human body is full of electricity.  The acupuncture needle is a conductive material, therefore it effects the nervous system.  Second, the body perceives  the Acupuncture needle as an invader, so white blood cells flood the area where the needle has been inserted.  

One component of  Orthopedic  & Sports Acupuncture is Motor Point needling.  When a stainless steel Acupuncture needle is inserted into the Motor Point of a muscle (where the nerve enters the muscle belly) it induces a reaction depending on the level of stimulation of the needle.  This stimulates proprioceptive receptors and will cause muscle spindles to reset themselves.  Tight muscles relax & weak muscles turn on.


DOES ACUPUNCTURE HURT?

Upon insertion of an Acupuncture needle you might feel  a warm & possibly tingle sensation, which is completely normal and usually fades within seconds.  Generally, Acupuncture induces a sense of euphoria, causing deep relaxation and drowsiness.  


IS ACUPUNCTURE SAFE?

Acupuncture needles are factory-sealed to ensure sterility, and only used once.  

In the state of California to become a Licensed Acupuncturist is extremely difficult and requires  a minimum of 4 years of training in Traditional Chinese Medicine, Western Medicine & Diagnosis, Herbal Medicine & various Bodywork Therapy.  In addition, one must pass the CA state board exam.  


How many treatments will I need?

Acupuncture is a therapy and will speed the healing time of an injury or recovery.  Usually 4-6 treatments, however many resolve sooner.  I will give you an idea at your initial appointment.  


Can I use my HSA (Health Savings Account)?

Yes you can use your card for all services.


Does Insurance pay for Acupuncture?

Yes.

Car accident

Call your insurance and inquire if you have med pay coverage on your policy.  No matter fault of accident your insurance will cover your medical expenses.


Kaiser

Kaiser has Acupuncture in Vallejo, check with your doctor about a referral.  Our office is not in network with ASH.  If you have a Health Savings Account with your policy, you can use that for payment.


Other Insurance

If you want to know if your treatments will be reimbursed, call your insurance and find out if you have "out of network" acupuncture coverage.  If you do we can provide you with a super bill to submit to your insurance for reimbursement based on your coverage.  Payment is required for set fees at time of service.