The OM acupuncture wellness clinic believes that wellness is for everyone.
Please feel free to ask or call us for any questions or concerns.
We are happy to assist you with your body condition and how acupuncture may benefit you.
Q: How does acupuncture work?
A: Acupuncture is an ancient healing practice with proven results. Acupuncture is a key component of Traditional Chinese Medicine, one of the oldest healing practices in the world. With over 2,000-year history, it mirrors western scientific thought in many ways. Diagnosis includes observing the tongue, pulses and inquiring about pertinent contributing factors.
Inserting needles at specific points of meridians (energy channels of the body) according to the theories and principles of Chinese Medicine makes energy regulates and health restored. Acupuncture also stimulates various sensory receptors that, in turn, stimulate nerves that transmit impulses to the hypothalamic-pituitary system at the base of the brain.
Acupuncture also works on many levels, both mental and physical. Treatments often elicit an immediate change in the pain and discomfort being experienced by the patients. Pain is reduced through well understood physiological reasons: Acupuncture blocks pain gates in the brain, releases endorphins (natural pain blockers) and serotonin (natural mood enhancers) and increases circulation to the area being treated while lowering inflammation. Additionally, acupuncture elevates the parasympathetic nervous system, which is responsible for healing and recovery. For this reason, most patients’ feel relaxed and report a significant improvement in stress, anxiety and fatigue.
**World Health Organization: The W.H.O. recognizes acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine as one of the safest and most effective medicines for hundreds of modern diseases.
Q2: Does acupuncture hurt?
A: Acupuncture needles are as fine as a strand of hair. From patient to patient and from point to point reactions vary from completely painless to a bit sensitive, but most of the time it is relatively painless. The acupuncturist’s level of skill, precision, and technique, also make for difference in the patient’s experience of needle treatment. We use only the finest, sterile, one-time use, disposable needles and will minimize your discomfort while maximizing the effectiveness of the treatment.
Q3: Is acupuncture needle safe?
A: Yes! Acupuncture is carried out with sterile, one-time use only, disposable needles approved by FDA. And, The OM Acupuncture uses the highest quality of acupuncture needles for our valuable patients.
Q4: Does acupuncture have side effects?
A: Acupuncture is generally very safe. Serious side effects are rare – less than one per 10,000 treatments. Below lists could be side effects it might occur.
Drowsiness after treatment in a small number of patients
Minor bleeding or bruising after acupuncture in about 3% of treatments
Pain during treatment in about 1% of treatments
Symptoms worse after treatment (less than 3% of patients)
* It is usually a good sign, but you should inform it to your acupuncturist for your
comprehensive care plan.
Fainting in certain patients (particularly at the first treatment due to nervousness)
In addition, if there are particular risks that apply in your case, your practitioner will discuss these with you.
Q4: What can I expect during the first visit?
A: Your first visit will last approximately 45-60 minutes. During the appointment, your provider will give you a treatment after taking a thorough history and examination including, as appropriate, traditional pulse and tongue exam, orthopedic testing, or other exams.
In order to maximize your time and ensure that you receive the best care, please allow up to 30 minutes (prior to your scheduled appointment time) to complete the registration and paperwork. This allows us to review your case thoroughly before your appointment, allowing more time for examination and questions about your condition and treatment options.
Eating food within 6 hours of your treatment is recommended. Empty or heavy stomach can make you feel dizzy or discomfort during or after acupuncture.
Depending on your symptom, you might have to roll up your pants or sleeves. Wearing loose fitting clothing will make you comfortable during acupuncture session or you can bring your own shorts
Q5: What can I expect after treatment?
A: In general, patients experience relaxation and an immediate total or partial relief of their pain or other symptoms. Patients also might feel soreness after treatment of musculoskeletal symptoms. It occurs right after or later on the day of the treatment. This is a positive sign and indicates that muscle tension is released and the new oxygenated blood flow initiated in the area. We suggest you drink more water and take a rest after each acupuncture session to increase the benefits of acupuncture. Relief and increase of range of motion will follow in a couple of days after treatment. After initial relief achieved, it is more important to follow up with an appropriate maintenance program due to your muscle memory and tendency of body.
On rare occasion, the pain actually increases after a treatment. With subsequent treatments, pain will be relived. Inform your practitioner the progress of your pain for your comprehensive care plan. You might have a spot of blood at the needle site or a small bruise, but this is very rare and should not be worried about. These spots will disappear naturally in 2-7 days depending on your blood circulation condition.
Q6: Is there anything I need to do while or after receiving acupuncture?
A: Relax yourself during treatment and do not change your position suddenly. In general, patient feels very comfortable and falls asleep easily while acupuncture treatment. This sleep helps repairing your body as de-stress and increase hormonal balance and energy.
If you are nervous or uncomfortable during treatment, you might experience dizziness, nausea, or cold sweat during or after treatment. Inform your practitioner immediately, your practitioner can readjust or withdraw the needles.
Plan your activities after the treatment. Go easy on your exercise, drink lots of water, get rest, and sleep enough. Resting will allow your physical and emotional restoration.
Q7: How many treatments will I need?
A: The number and frequency of treatments will depend on your condition and response to acupuncture. Usually, a series of treatments are needed; longer treatment plans are typically required for more severe or chronic conditions. Acupuncture can be scheduled as often as daily or monthly. Some patients respond after only one or two treatments, while it may take several weeks for others. Your practitioner will discuss an optimal treatment with you, based on your individual needs.
*Make several appointments advance to guarantee your best time slot.
Q8: I’m doing other therapies. Should I still have acupuncture? or stop other medications?
A: Our practitioner practices as integrating treatments with other therapies and providers. Your practitioner will work with you to determine the best integrative strategy for your condition and goals. Do not hesitate to call us and consult your condition with our practitioner.
You should continue to take your medication as your current physician's instructions. Please remember that acupuncture could be complement and supplement of your physician's treatments. Please discuss this issue with your physician and our practitioner.
Q9: Do you accept insurance?
A: We will accept most of the insurance soon. We are in process of joining the insurance groups.
We will be participating with Cigna, Beach Street, Blue Cross, Blue Shield(BCBS), Aetna, United Health(UHC), Easy Choice, Kaiser, American Specialty Health (ASH), HealthNet, all auto-insurances, and all workers’ compensation claims. All plans are different, and some has restrictions or deductibles that must be met before coverage begins.
To find out the details of your coverage, please call us at 619-915-6007.
We accept FSA (Flex spending) and HSA (Health Savings Accounts). We can gladly provide you medical receipts and documentation for your reimbursement.
Q10: Will I need to keep coming once my condition has improved?
A: It depends on the condition, the individual, and what is defined by improvement. Typically, the more complex your condition and the longer you’ve had it, the more important it is to follow up with an appropriate maintenance program after you’ve achieved initial relief. Please talk to your provider about the specific expectations of your treatment plan.
Q11: I feel a cold coming on. Should I still come in for my scheduled appointment?
A: There’s a lot we can do to help you alleviate cold symptoms and recover as quickly as possible. Sometimes, though, it’s best to stay home and rest, and reschedule your appointment for another day. Give us a call so we can help you decide what’s best for you.