Acupuncture

     Today, most everyone has heard of acupuncture and knows someone who has received it.  Based on 3000+ years of clinical evidence and modern scientific research, we can now say that acupuncture is a very effective alternative form of medicine for dealing with many of our health problems today.   Over the past 20 years I've seen acupuncture become more popular for many reasons, some of which are because  western allopathic medicine has fallen short in the treatment of ailments such as neck pain, back pain, sciatica, digestive issues, stress, headaches, migraines and more.  I have had many people also say they would like a more 'Natural' form of medicine that does not involve taking pharmaceutical medications. 

 

     Acupuncture works by stimulating the body's own natural healing ability by inserting hair thin needles into specific 'acu-points'.  There are well over 365 acupuncture points just on the body alone with hundreds more located in certain microsystems on the body such as the Ear and the Hand.  The acu-points are connected to the body via the 'Meridian' system.  Meridians are pathways along the body in which vital energy known as 'Qi' (pronounced Chee) or 'Ki' (pronounced 'key') moves through it.  Meridians connect each of our body's systems together such as the organs and lymphatic systems.  Meridians can also affect the energy flow of our emotions.  When Vital energy is disrupted in the meridians through repetitive physical actions, trauma, or repression of emotions, this typically results in pain and disease.  By using the acupuncture points on these meridians, we can adjust how energy flows through the body and restore balance.  

Q & A

Is the treatment private?

Yes, all acupuncture sessions are private.  No classes or other people will be in the office during the session. 

What types of Conditions do you treat?

Acupuncture is used to treat many conditions with varying forms of effectiveness.  The most commonly treated symptoms are stress, neck pain, back pain, migraines, headaches, muscle spasms, digestive issues, some allergies, sciatica, shoulder pain, knee pain, and arthritis.  The best way to find out if your condition is treatable is to schedule a free consultation. 

How long does it take for my condition to be cured?

Acupuncture begins working immediately and most people should feel much better in 3-4 sessions; however depending on your body's general state of health, healing can take longer.  If you feel no difference in 2 or 3 sessions, then most likely there may be other factors at play inhibiting your body's natural healing ability.  If you are typically very low energy, then tonification or strengthening needs to be done which can take several sessions.  Scott can also recommend energy practices such as Qigong and healing meditations which can shorten the time it would take for a patient to feel better.

Do you use disposable needles?

I only use sterile one-time disposable needles for each treatment.

 

Do the needles hurt?  

Many patients describe not feeling any of the needles when inserted.  On occasion certain points near tendons and ligaments can be a little more sensitive when needled.  Scott tends to be a 'Light' needler and uses one of the thinnest gauge needles available to minimize any sensation. 

What do I wear to an acupuncture session?

Loose fitting clothes are recommended as well as tank tops for those who have back pain.  Scott tends to use points from the elbows and knees down so make sure you wear pants that can be pulled up over your knees.  

How long is an appointment?

We have two types of appointment times available.  The first type of appointment will be done within a 60 minute time frame and involves a Root treatment plus a local (symptomatic) treatment. This usually involves needles on the front and back of the body.  The second type of appointment runs within a 30 min time frame and is called a symptomatic treatment (or a local treatment) that focuses solely on one or two symptoms (such as knee pain).  Needles are only placed on one side of the body (face up or face down).  This type of treatment is not recommended for complex cases.  A consultation with Scott will help you see which treatment time is right for you.  **Please allow additional time for Initial Visits 

How long have you been practicing acupuncture? Are you licensed?

I've been practicing for the past 20 years full time.  My degree in Acupuncture is a Masters in Chinese and Japanese Acupuncture from the New England School of Acupuncture.  I am licensed by the NCCAOM, and in NH and NJ. 

What style of Acupuncture do you use?

I have developed my own style over the years as most acupuncturist have.  Because of my ability to see and feel the meridians, I am able to quickly identify where tension is in the body and what points will release it.  I use Japanese insertion techniques which utilize very thin needles that are needled superficially. 

Do you do house calls?

Yes.  If you cannot drive or have difficulty getting to the office, then we can make arrangements for me to do a house call.  I will bring a portable massage table with me.

Do you take insurance?

Unfortunately no. After 20 years of taking insurance I have decided to simplify things and no longer bill insurance in order to solely focus my attention on patient care. I can give you a receipt for your treatments if you would like to send to your insurance company in an attempt to receive reimbursement. 

What are your rates?

Acupuncture consults are free. (approx. 15 min.)

Acupuncture Root and Symptomatic treatment at the office are $81 (approx. 60 min. appointment time)

Acupuncture symptomatic session (local treatment only) are $55 (approx. 30 min. time)

Acupuncture house calls are $120 for an hour treatment.  (within a 20 min. drive of the office)

I take Checks, Cash, Paypal, and Credit Card. 

What is your Cancellation Policy?

I ask that patients give me a 24 hour notice if they need to cancel. If you miss your appointment or cancel without giving proper notice, there will be a charge fee of $50.