Frequently Asked Questions

Does acupuncture hurt?

Most patients find an acupuncture session to be pleasurable and deeply relaxing. The filiform (threadlike) needle minimizes any discomfort. Even those who describe themselves as being “needle phobic” find that they have no problem in receiving Mitchell’s treatments. The skill and experience of the practitioner are the most important factor in determining the comfort level as well as the results.

Many patients even fall asleep. Patients who are new to acupuncture, might be nervous at first, quickly realize that their fears were unnecessary.

 

How does acupuncture work?

Acupuncture has over a 2500 year history of continual refinement. 

According to the traditional theory of Chinese medicine, acupuncture functions to free the flow of our life energy. This results in improved circulation of blood and fluids and improved functioning of the internal organs. This is accomplished by relaxation of the sympathetic nervous system (the fight or flight response resulting in excess of adrenal hormone) and the stimulation of the parasympathetic system (relaxation response) that optimizes body function.

 

Is acupuncture just temporary relief or a real cure?

It is actually both. Acupuncture can give you relief from acute pain and other discomforts after just a very few treatments. However, with continued treatments, acupuncture often provides true, long term relief from many ailments. Most patients seek out alternatives after allopathic medicine has failed them. 


How many acupuncture treatments will I need?

Each client’s condition is unique, and the number and frequency of treatments varies. Many factors are involved including the severity of your illness and whether your condition is chronic or acute. A simple acute muscle sprain or pinched nerve may require only one to three treatments. However, chronic conditions may require weekly treatments for two to three months. Like the treatments themselves, the frequency of treatments are individualized to meet your unique needs.


How deep do the acupuncture needles go?                                                            

The depth of the insertion varies according to your body type, the condition being treated, and the location where the needle is being inserted. Usually the needles are inserted only 2MM into the superficial skin layer.


Will I bleed or bruise from acupuncture?                                  

It is unlikely that you will bleed or bruise from acupuncture. The acupuncture needle, unlike a hypodermic needle, does not cut the skin or blood vessels. Even clients taking blood thinning medications show no greater occurrence of bleeding or bruising. Treatment by a skilled practitioner is a gentle art and has no resemblance to receiving medical injections. 


Are the acupuncture needles used more than once?    

The manufacturing and importation of acupuncture needles are regulated by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). All acupuncture needles pre-sterilized and factory sealed. They are each used only one time and disposed of as medical waste.


Do you accept insurance for acupuncture?    

Currently,I am an out of network provider. That is because, being in network limits my ability to provide my patients with the kind of care that I want to give. Most of my patients are reimbursed by their insurance companies. I simply provide you with a billing statement that you can submit to your company. Also, it is popular to use the various medical saving accounts to attain reimbursement. 

In New York, there is no need for a doctor’s referral to receive acupuncture. Rarely, an insurance provider might require a referral from an MD to establish medical necessity. Some insurance providers may limit the number of treatments they will pay for or limit coverage to specific medical conditions.

Insurance companies are accepting acupuncture claims more commonly now and you may be eligible to receive reimbursement. In New York, there is no need for a doctor’s referral to receive acupuncture. Rarely, an insurance provider might require a referral from an MD to establish medical necessity. Some insurance providers may limit the number of treatments they will pay for or limit coverage to specific medical conditions. I will provide.


Do I need a doctor’s referral for acupuncture?                   

There is no need for a doctor’s referral to receive acupuncture in New York State. However, some insurance companies may request that you have a referral to establish medical necessity in order for you to receive compensation.