If you’ve never experienced acupuncture or some of our other services, you may have some questions about the experience. We have created this list of frequently asked questions to help you understand what an acupuncture session may be like.
Q) What is acupuncutre?
A) Acupuncture is a widely accepted, effective form of medical treatment. This noninvasive treatment method has been used and refined for centuries to help millions of people with a wide array of problems. To find out more about acupuncture, visit our acupuncture service page.
Q) What is a non-surgical face lift?
A) Non-surgical face lift is a form of cosmetic acupuncture that is reported to improve fine lines and diminish deeper wrinkles while bringing forth a softer, more even skin tone. Visit our non-surgical face lift service page to find out more about this process.
Q) Does acupuncture hurt?
A) Acupuncture needles are extremely thin and are made from a silver alloy (typically stainless steel). You may feel little or no discomfort as the needles are inserted as the process is typically painless. You may feel different sensations including slight soreness, numbness, warmth, or pressure. These sensations differ from pain. People often comment that the feeling is unfamiliar but pleasant and comforting.
Q) Will I have to take off my clothes?
A) In most cases the answer to this question is no. Depending on the actual area to be treated, you may have to remove certain articles of clothing but for many sessions no clothing needs to be removed.
Q) What should I wear for my acupuncture treatment?
A) We recommend that you were loose fitting clothing that you are comfortable in and that may provide easy access to certain areas where we may need to concentrate our work. We do not recommend wearing blue jeans or tight/heavy clothing. We want you to be as comfortable as possible and enjoy this experience!
Q) What are your acupuncture and non-surgical face lift qualifications?
A) Linda Lapolla is the owner of Dove Healing of Cleveland, TN and in addition to her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in health services and oriental medicine and board certification in acupuncture, she has hundreds of hours of professional experience. For more about Linda and Dove Healing, visit the About Us page.
Q) What other services do you offer?
A) In addition to acupuncture and non-surgical face-lift treatments, we offer a wide variety of other services including cranial-sacral therapy, cupping, infra-red and electro-stimulation and much more. Contact us if you are interested in an acupuncture related treatment not listed on this site.
Q) What should I expect for my first treatment?
A) After the first treatment has been administered, depending on the aliment being treated, many experiences may occur. Immediate, total or partial relief from pain or other symptoms may be experienced. Some patients experience a sudden burst of energy while others may feel relaxed. Many people experience a calming satisfaction. Small, localized bruises from minor bleeding under the skin are infrequent, but do occur. These are no cause for alarm, and despite the cosmetic inconvenience, they actually provide a kind of bonus treatment. The reabsorption of the blood continues the stimulation of the acupuncture point even without the needle in place.
Q) How long do treatments take?
A) In most situations treatments take between 20 and 30 minutes but can last longer in certain scenarios. The length of the treatment depends on the individual conditions of the patient and the skill of the acupuncturist. Be aware that on some days, visits may take longer due to the number of clients being treated.
Q) What conditions can acupuncture treat?
A) Many conditions may be treated. General pain relief and control for arthritis, cervical spondylopathy, knee pain, hand and foot pain, sciatica, shoulder pain, tennis elbow, lower back and neck pain, tendonitis, ect. Other conditions such as circulatory problems with high or low blood pressure, cold hands and feet. Some nervous system imbalances can also be treated such as anxiety, nervousness, sleeplessness, depression, asthma, allergies and sinus problems; digestive disorders like Crohn Disease, irritable bowel syndrome, ulcerative colitis, diarrhea, and constipation. Other common aliments treated include headaches and migraines; treatments to help stop smoking, and many more conditions.
Q) How does acupuncture work?
A) In traditional Chinese Medicine, there exists a meridian system through the human body. In this system, invisible passageways for energy are called meridians. There are certain points on the body (more than 360) that connect with certain organs and bodily functions. Point Groups on the body that apply to a specific organ or function are found along the same meridian. In a healthy, normal functioning body, the energy in these meridians flow freely resulting in a balanced system. When the flow of energy is interrupted from causes such as stress or injury, this energy is reduced throwing your “Qi” off balance. By performing acupuncture using the points associated with the particular meridian involved, this Qi or balance is restored.
Q) How many treatments will I need?
A) Since every person is unique in their own condition, the numbers of treatments will vary. The nature, severity and history of each patient’s problem, as well as the individual himself or herself, are all factors that are involved in how many treatments will be necessary.
Q) Will it conflict with my other medications?
A) Acupuncture will not conflict with any of your medications. Acupuncture is used to complement and supplement your physician’s treatments not replace them. You should discuss this issue with your physician and acupuncturist.
Q) Will my insurance cover my treatment?
A) Some insurance providers will cover acupuncture and related treatments. For those that do they require that the practitioner be NCCAOM certified (Linda Lapolla of Dove Healing meets this specification). In addition many flexible medical spending plans will cover services from Dove Healing. It is strongly recommended that you check with your insurance provider or spending plan documentation to verify if your treatment will be covered.
Q) Where is your office located?
A) We are at 3505 Adkisson Drive, Suite 165 in the Cleveland Bradley Business Incubator. The CBBI is located adjacent to Cleveland State Community College on the south end of the campus. More information can be found on our contact page.