Frequently Asked Questions
About Care at Ironwood
Acupuncture

We have put together some of the most common questions we receive from our patients about acupuncture and holistic wellness treatments.

Can Acupuncture help me?

Acupuncture can be used for a range of health issues and complaints. Contact us to learn more about how acupuncture can help with your specific health concerns.

Who can have acupuncture?

Many people benefit from acupuncture, from babies to the elderly. There are special considerations for those who are pregnant, have bleeding or fainting disorders, or those with severe health conditions. Please disclose any relevant information at your visit so we can offer the best care for your unique condition.

How many sessions will I need?

While this varies from person-to-person most people require at least a few weekly or biweekly sessions to reap the full benefits of acupuncture treatment.

What does acupuncture feel like?

Acupuncture is a very relaxing treatment for most people. Unlike the needles you may have experienced at the doctor’s office, acupuncture needles are extremely fine and solid. This allows them to enter the skin painlessly. The most common sensations patients report are: dullness, tingling, warmth, and buzzing.

What if I'm afraid of needles?

Many people who are afraid of needles enjoy their acupuncture visits with no issues. However, there are many ways to stimulate the acupuncture points and encourage healing, such as Acutonics, bodywork, cupping, gua sha, herbal medicine and more. If the fear of needles is holding you back, contact us for more information on how we can provide a needle-free treatment.

How should I prepare for an acupuncture treatment?

Before your visit, be sure to have a small snack and use the restroom. Since acupuncture points are often on the arms, legs, back, and abdomen, it is best to dress in loose-fitting clothes that make these areas easily accessible.

What should I do after my acupuncture session?

Most people feel calm and relaxed after their acupuncture session. If possible, use this time to rest at home and avoid alcohol, extreme exercise, or stress.

Are there any side-effects to acupuncture? What about cupping?

There are few side effects to acupuncture treatment other than feeling calm or sleepy. Most people can expect to sleep well and feel less stressed after a session. In rare circumstances, you may feel pressure or see a minor bruise at the site of the points used in treatment. These dissipate shortly after.

If you receive cupping or gua sha, you will likely notice red or purple marks over the treated areas. This is normal, does not hurt, and is a sign the treatment improved circulation in these areas. The marks will disappear a few days later.

Does insurance cover acupuncture?

This typically depends on your insurance carrier. Please contact your provider for more information specific to your plan.

Do you provide massage therapy?

No, but I highly recommend the following local providers: https://www.906wellness.com and http://www.kineticlmt.com