ann arbor acupunctureFAQ

– What can acupuncture treat?
– Can I address more than one health issue at a time with acupuncture?
– Is acupuncture painful?
– Do I have to believe in acupuncture for it to work?
– How many visits before I notice a difference?
– Do you treat pregnant women?
– Do you treat children?
– Are there any reasons that I should not get acupuncture?
– Can I combine acupuncture other modalities (chiropractics, massage, etc.)?
– How do I decide how much to pay? Does how much I pay affect the treatment I get?
– How long is my visit?
– What forms of payment do you take?
– Do you take insurance?
– How do I schedule?
– Do I need to schedule or can I walk-in?
– Can I bring a friend?
– Tell me about the acupuncturist

 

What can acupuncture treat?
Acupuncture works with the body to maintain natural healthy balance. We’re supposed to be delightfully functioning creatures and acupuncture helps to keep us on that track. Among other things, acupuncture can:

  • Reduce stress and relieve insomnia
  • Alleviate aches and pains caused by arthritis and general aging
  • Ease digestive disorders from IBS to general gas and bloating
  • Soothe headaches and migraines
  • Heal work or sports-related injuries
  • Relieve allergies
  • Treat male and female infertility or sexual dysfunction
  • Help to quit smoking

In addition to these specific imbalances, acupuncture can refocus the mind and improve general stamina. If you feel a bit heavy or cloudy, tight or uncomfortable, acupuncture can help!

Can I address more than one health issue at a time with acupuncture?

Absolutely. Often, patients who come in for one issue – say for back pain – will notice an improvement in something apparently unrelated, such as a chronic lung problem. This can happen even when the patient doesn’t tell the acupuncturist about the apparently unrelated problem. Acupuncture also seems to have the “side effects” of reducing stress and promoting better sleep and more energy.

Is acupuncture painful?

Some points you will not feel at all, others might have some sensations (warmth, tingle, electric sensation, etc.), and on occasion you might feel a quick ache or “bug bite” when the needles is inserted. Once the needles are in you will generally not notice they are there.

Do I have to believe in acupuncture for it to work?

Not at all – animals get good results from acupuncture just like people, and we’re pretty sure that they don’t believe in it.

We like skeptics. You just need to have enough of an open mind to want to find out if acupuncture will work for you, and you will only know that for sure by experience. We suggest you try it and see what you think.

How many visits before I notice a difference?

You will likely notice walking out the door after treatment feeling some difference from when you walked in, even if only subtly. However your acupuncturist will recommend a specific course of treatment for you based on your goals and response to your initial visits. Acupuncture is cumulative and is more effective when clustered. One visit can be relaxing, but the true benefits of acupuncture come with some regularity. We might recommend 4-6 regular visits (1-2x/week) and then reassess after that.

Do you treat pregnant women?

Yes. Acupuncture is effective for many pregnancy-related conditions. Also, there’s a rumor that women who get acupuncture throughout their pregnancy tend to have calm babies.

Do you treat children?

Yes. Acupuncture is often very effective for children and teens, and many of them love it. We ask only that the child in question is willing to try acupuncture; we don’t want to treat unwilling patients of any age.

Are there any reasons that I should not get acupuncture?

There are no contraindications to receiving acupuncture. It is a safe and effective medicine for all of us. We do ask however if you are pregnant that you let us know as we will avoid certain points that can cause uterine contractions. Also let us know if you have a serious clotting disorder as needling may not be appropriate for you, however we can still treat you with other modalities.

Can I combine acupuncture other modalities (chiropractics, massage, etc.)?

You can combine acupuncture with almost anything; that’s one of the lovely things about it. Nothing is going to make it less effective, and it doesn’t interfere with anything else. It’s one of the reasons that so many doctors refer their patients to acupuncture.

How do I decide how much to pay? Does how much I pay affect the treatment I get?

You should decide how much to pay based on what you feel comfortable paying, taking into account how many treatments you’ll be receiving and for how long. Your acupuncturist will discuss a treatment plan with you on your first visit and make recommendations about how often you should come in. We want to make the money fit the treatment plan, not the other way around. Don’t worry. You don’t get more or fewer needles based on how much you pay. The goal of the sliding scale is to make it possible for you to come in often enough and long enough to really feel better.

How long is my visit?

You should plan to be with us between 40-60 minutes. Each session length can vary depending on what is going on for you that day or when your last treatment was.

What forms of payment do you take?

Cash, check and credit/debit card.

Do you take insurance?

We do not take insurance but our low fees are around the same cost as a co-pay!

How do I schedule?

Use our online scheduler. It’s super easy!

Do I need to schedule or can I walk-in?

We will always try to accommodate walk-in visits. However when possible we do recommend scheduling your visits to ensure we have a chair open for you when you arrive.

Can I bring a friend?

Yes! The open studio format is a great way to receive treatment together or introduce someone to acupuncture who you think might benefit.

Tell me about the acupuncturistNicole McCarty acupuncture

Nicole McCarty MSTOM, Dipl. Ac. (NCCAOM) is the owner of Common Source Acupuncture

Nicole graduated from Pacific College of Oriental Medicine in New York City with a Masters of Science in Traditional Oriental Medicine. Pacific College of Oriental Medicine is one of the oldest acupuncture schools in the nation. The MSTOM program includes nearly 3500 credit hours of theory and hands-on clinical practice, forty percent of which is in the bio-sciences.

Nicole opened Common Source Acupuncture in October 2014 when she became aware of the lack of affordable acupuncture in Ann Arbor. Nicole practices acupuncture, herbs, and Chinese medical nutrition.  While her practice provides a broad range of whole family wellness treatments, being a mom of young children, Nicole has a soft spot for working with children and providing labor preparation and support for pregnant women.

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