Does acupuncture hurt?

Acupuncture, the insertion of fine needles into specific points on the body can stimulate sensations. Often the feeling is pleasant or expansive though there are areas that can feel more tender or sensitive on the body, like hands and feet. The insertion is most often very fast and usually painless. Other modalities like gua-sha, cupping or Hara work can be intense for the purpose of encouraging healing, but we will never go beyond the limits of what each patient’s comfort level allows, working safely with our patients consent is our first priority. Most recipients come to enjoy the feelings and benefits of the treatments provieded. What we often see is, the more a person relaxes during application, the less it is felt. We consistently check in with each patient frequently, in order to allow them a relaxing and restorative experience.

How does acupuncture work?

Acupuncture is a complex and ever expanding practice, wherein some aspects have remained concrete and others have changed over the millennia. Modern science is working to prove what acupuncture does and why it works. Speaking from a strictly Chinese and Oriental Medicine ,  we are unblocking the “qi” or “energy” in the body to create free flow or unencumbered movement of the body and its fluids. One might imagine a dam of debris that has clogged up a once smooth flowing stream. Much like removing this debris, Chinese and Oriental Medicines aim to clear the areas of the body from obstruction, smoothing the body function. This results in the body’s natural wisdom working to heal what needs to be healed…in essence, we are encouraging  physical and mental balance through increasing circulation and decreasing inflammation.

In strictly western terms so far, it is accepted that acupuncture needles cause micro-trauma that sends a rich supply of blood and oxygen to the area of stimulation to cause a natural healing response.

Check out our MORE INFO page for links to scholarly articles and studies on Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine.

Do I need to take off my clothes?

This depends on the treatment. If a patient is uncomfortable removing their clothing, we will modify to the best of our ability so no clothes need to be removed. We allow the patient to disrobe and get under sheets on the treatment table before we re-enter and while treating, we use draping techniques.

We honor our patients comfort level and use discretion, communication and modesty at all times. Wearing loose and comfortable clothing can help us reach the areas we need to access with less clothing removal. If patients are attending a community clinic, clothing removal is most often not necessary.

How will I feel afterwards?

Results are varied, some, but not all of the factors affecting treatment are; the patient’s- presentation of symptoms, level of physical and mental energy, fitness, diet, medications, current medical treatment protocols and current stress level. Some patients report feeling very relaxed or peaceful after being treated, some have little sensation at all, others are energized. The results are varied. We suggest being gentle to oneself after, eating a nourishing meal, refraining from extraneous activity or extreme temperature changes for at least 6 hours after the treatment, but preferably not until the next day. We talk to each patient about what to expect and what to do post treatment during our initial intake appointment.

I’ve had ‘dry needling’…is acupuncture the same?

Traditional Chinese Medicine Acupuncture, Japanese Acupuncture, Korean Needle techniques etc and dry needling are not the same thing. Dry needling is the insertion of acupuncture needles into a few different trigger points in the body to encourage a muscle spasm, this can help the muscle release or tighten, depending on what the body needs. These points are used in acupuncture too, sometimes for the same reason and sometimes not. In treating patents and their ailments, Chinese Medicine uses more than 500 different points on highly systemized and organized areas of the body called meridians. These points work on the deep and superficial levels of the body. Acupuncturists have accumulated thousands of hours of training in the areas of Chinese and Oriental Medicine modaliteis, diagnosis, treatment, meridian therapy, western medicine, western physical exam, nutrition, psycho-emotional therapy, clean needle techniques and safety practices. They have received a Masters Degree to specifically practice acupuncture and other Oriental therapies. They do not receive a certification, they receive licensure after taking rigorous national boards and a minimum of three year round sessions of graduate education. Other practitioners who administer dry needling techniques have most often taken short certification courses on needle placement and stimulation, which does not fall under the State of Nebraska’s or the NCAAOM’S definition of acupuncture. See acupuncture laws, credentialing laws and laws/information on dry needling for the state of Nebraska click  here , here,  and here

How long will it take for me to feel better…how offend do I need to come?

This too is dependent on many factors, some patients require one treatment, this could be a person with the beginning stages of the flu or a cold. More often a series of treatments is needed and will be tailored to suit each patient’s needs, especially in chronic situations. After the initial intake appointment, we will have assessed the patients situation, made a diagnosis, come up with a plan, and estimate how many visits are recommended for their course of treatment. We check in with each patient after their first treatment to see how they are feeling. If for some reason, the issue resolves before the series has ended, adjustments are made. With less severe health issues, we often see our patients who suffer from chronic ailments feel better after a few weeks of treatment and need only return for maintenance or when acute situations flare, like feeling colds or flu coming on, or acute back pain. We ask that our patients are open to at least three consecutive treatments to work on any chronic ailment, after that we encourage them to reevaluate their health symptoms and discuss with us their future treatment plan.

It is important to remember that nothing is set in stone, the body is constantly renewing and changing. There is no certainty or exactness with any treatment, eastern or western…and as always, the patient’s body is theirs to make decisions for.

How long are treatments?

Inital treatments are up to 2 hours. During that time a comprehensive intake and evaluation are taken and a beginning treatment is given.

Regular followup treatments after the initial intake are 1 hour unless specified.

Facial Rejuvenation treatments are 1.75-2 hours always. The weekly treatments are between 10 and 18 depending on the patients level of need. Followup treatments are the same.

Children’s treatments are 30-45 minutes.

Does Nebraska Acupuncture take insurance?

Nebraska Acupuncture does not currently accept insurance. Cash, check, credit cards and HSA (health savings accounts) are all forms of accepted payment.