General FAQs

My child is afraid of needles.  What are the alternatives?

Needles are usually only used on children eight years old and up. Needles are never employed unless the child is comfortable getting treated with them. There are many needleless modalities, including Shonishin, Guasha, and Tuina, all of which involve pressing, rubbing, or tapping on different areas of the body.  Low-level laser point stimulation and electrical point stimulation are two other painless techniques utilized for children.

Do the treatments hurt?

Most treatments are entirely painless.  The most common experience is a child feels a tickling sensation during rubbing or tapping treatments.  If needles are used, there may be slight discomfort on insertion.

My child is very active.  Does my child have to sit still for the treatments?

Unlike adult treatments, where the patient lies still with needles inserted, children’s appointments are designed knowing that they will be moving around.  Children are often treated while playing with toys or sitting on their parents’ lap.

Is acupuncture safe for children?

Acupuncture is extremely safe for children.  There are a few minor side effects to be aware of, however.  If utilizing needles, there is a risk of bruising, bleeding, and soreness at the acupuncture site.  These effects tend to have a short duration and cause little discomfort.

Is insurance accepted?

We do not accept insurance at this time.  Very few insurance companies cover acupuncture for anything besides pain, and most will only cover treatments that involve needle insertion.  We can provide you with all the information you need to submit claims for reimbursement from your insurance company if your coverage includes acupuncture.

How long do the treatments last?

The initial visit tends to last between an hour and an hour and a half.  Follow up visits typically last between thirty minutes and an hour.

How many treatments will my child need to feel better?

Many factors influence how many treatments your child needs, including how severe the issue is and how long your child has experienced the symptoms.  Making sure that your child has an adequate amount of sleep, proper nutrition, and exercise will help.  In general, we like to see improvement in the symptoms within three to five sessions.

My child feels so much better with acupuncture.  Can I get treated as well?

Absolutely!  Healthy parents are an integral part of a child’s well being.