Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

  1. What is acupuncture?
  2. How common is acupuncture?
  3. Does acupuncture hurt?
  4. Is acupuncture safe?
  5. Can I use my insurance?
  6. What insurance do you accept?
  7. Do I need an appointment?
  8. How can I determine if I need Acupuncture rather than Physical or Occupational Therapy?
  9. What is Occupational Therapy?
  10. What is Sensory Integration Dysfunction?
  11. What kind of parental management techniques are offered?
  12. What is Manual Therapy?
  13. What does Manual Therapy treat?
  14. What foods can help healing and which foods should be avoided?
  15. What methods do we use for de-toxing children?

Q: What is acupuncture?

A: Acupuncture is the ancient Chinese system of natural healing that is based upon the principal that physical dysfunction is the result of an imbalance of the body’s organic, energetic and natural activity. Acupuncturists use 365 main acupuncture points throughout the body and insert needles to stimulate energy that is blocked or congested. The aim of acupuncture is to activate a patient’s vital energy to allow the body to balance and heal itself.

Acupuncture can treat:

  • Anxiety
  • Depression & Stress
  • Arthritis & Chronic Pain
  • Colds
  • Coughs
  • Improve Immunity
  • Chronic Fatigue
  • Fertility
  • Insomnia
  • Menopause symptoms
  • Back & Neck Pain
  • Headaches & Migraines
  • General Health Problems

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Q: How common is acupuncture?

Acupuncture originated in China more than 2,000 years ago, making it one of the oldest and most commonly used medical procedures in the world. American practices of acupuncture incorporate medical traditions from China, Japan, Korea, and other countries. The acupuncture technique that has been most studied scientifically involves penetrating the skin with thin, solid, metallic needles that are manipulated by the hands or by electrical stimulation.

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Q: Does acupuncture hurt?

A: Only fine needles are used in acupuncture, and when they are inserted there is little to no pain. Once inserted, the needles may cause numbness or a calming sensation.

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Q: Is acupuncture safe?

A: Yes. Vital Points Therapy uses only sterile, disposable needles, and all staff Acupuncturists are certified by passing the Clean Needle Techniqes required by the NCCAOM.

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Q: Is acupuncture covered by my medical insurance?

A: If acupuncture treatment is required due to an accident or injury, your medical insurance may cover the costs of your treatment. For information specific to your provider, please call your insurance company.

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Q: What insurance do you accept and for what services?

A: We accept Blue Cross Blue Shield, Great West, Aetna, Humana, Medicare, and many of the major insurance carriers. Most insurance covers therapy services with a physician’s referral, some cover Acupuncture under certain circumstances, but all insurance have limitations and regulations that must be met in order to have your services paid for. You need to check with your insurance carrier for your deductible, coverage, and limits. Regardless of insurance coverage, the fees for services provided are your responsibility. We will provide this service as a courtesy if you come in for a free consultation.

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Q: Do I need an appointment?

A: We suggest that all clients set an appointment, however on occasion we do accept walk-ins.

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Q: How can I determine if I need Acupuncture rather than Physical or Occupational Therapy?

A: Acupuncture is excellent for regulating the body for imbalances that creates problems such as colds, vertigo, hormone imbalance, insomnia, pain relief, hot flashes, infertility, and stress. Therapy is more appropriated if there is a structural problem such as anything that might cause tension, muscle spasms, postural changes, old injuries, sprains and strains, surgery etc…

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Q: What is Occupational Therapy?

A: Occupation is what we do to be healthy in a balanced life that includes self care, work, play and relationships. Occupation is paid or unpaid, restful or fun, obligation or choice. It is which fulfills us, gives us purpose, and allows us to interact with, be productive, and function in the world around us to the best of our ability.  The therapy part comes in when any part of the doing is less than optimal. Occupational Therapists intervene to regain function, improve function, or make accommodation to how we spend our time.

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Q: What is Sensory Integration Dysfunction?

A: Sensory Integration Dysfunction (SID) is the inability of the brain to correctly process information brought in by the senses. This results in interpreting sensory as uncomfortable, overly reactive or under reactive, and difficulty understanding the messages from the body.

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Q: What kind of parental management techniques are offered?

A: OT’s provide education about the nature of SID and how their child maybe reacting to sensory. We teach coping methods to help a child regulate his body so he can be in an alert calm state. This allows a child to participate in a child’s occupation; play, exploration, developing skills in using his body, and social/emotional interactions.

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Q: What is Manual Therapy?

A: Manual therapy is using the hands to place pressure, oscillate, manipulate, stretch, or compress any part of the body. Techniques that change the skin, muscle, fascia, ligaments, organs, circulation, and movement of the body are encompassed in manual therapy.  While manual therapy is as old as many civilizations and in every culture, therapists in this country train in specific methods. Various techniques such as Myofascial Release, CranioSacral therapy, and Visceral Manipulation originated from the ideas and concepts of founder of Osteopathy, Andrew Still, and furthered by William Garner Sutherland.

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Q: What does Manual Therapy treat?

A: Manual Therapy can treat soft tissue injuries, joint and connective tissue problems. It has been effective in reducing pain, decreasing swelling, improving movements, and restoring the body’s ability to function. Headaches, pain, soft tissue injuries, joint restrictions, swollen areas, and scar tissues are some of the problems that are effectively treated using hands on techniques.

These treatments are drug free, natural, and carry few side effects while the results can be evident within a few sessions. That is one of the attraction of manual therapy, the lack of side effects, and the improvements in pain relief, movements and improved function.

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Q: What foods can help healing and which foods should be avoided?

A: A diet with vegetables, fruits, good protein, healthy fats and fiber helps the body with the nutrition need for repairing cells. Foods that are not good are sugars, breads, fried greasy, animal fats, and artificial sweeteners. These foods increase inflammation while providing little nutrition for the body to use. We actually end up storing many of the byproducts in our fat cells as toxins. Children should not eat foods that are processed or out of packages due to the amounts of fats, salt, and sugars in those products.

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Q: What methods do we use for de-toxing children?

A: Most children are not in the need for detox due to being so new to life. What can happen to children is improper digestion which can lead to chronic constipation.  Chronic constipation can lead to stomach pains, inflamed bowels, and eventually a build up of toxins over years. So the key to detoxing children is proper foods, manual therapy and providing an anti-inflammation diet full of fruits and vegetables.

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