Below are some common questions concerning our services. We hope they are helpful!

What should I wear?

If possible, please wear comfortable,loose fitting clothing. Most of the acupuncture points we may choose to use are located on the arms and legs. It’s most convenient for you to wear clothes which can be easily rolled up to access the points without needing to change into one of our gowns.

Does acupuncture hurt?

Acupuncture needles are much finer than the needles used to give injections. While sometimes you may not feel the insertion, you could feel a quick “pinch” sensation when the needles are first placed. After the needle is placed you may feel a heavy, dull or achy sensation where the needle is located, this is normal! You should not experience any extreme discomfort or pain during treatments. Most people find acupuncture very relaxing and some even take a quick nap during treatments.

What are acupuncture needles like?

Acupuncture needles are very fine, single-use, and sterile. Unlike hypodermic needles that you are most likely familiar with, they are not hollow and are much smaller in diameter. This means that they will not feel as painful as if you were getting a normal shot. They are FDA-approved medical devices and go through rigorous testing to maintain quality and standards. We only use the highest quality needles at Rhoads to Health!

How long will it take to feel better?

Depending on your individual condition we will create a custom treatment plan according to your specific needs. In general a typical treatment plan would consist of once or twice weekly treatments for about four to six weeks. Once we have achieved a state where maintenance treatment would be appropriate, you may only come in once a month or as needed.

Acupuncture works best with treatments scheduled closer together in sequence to build on the work done in previous treatment. Acupuncture has a cumulative effect so we want to make sure you are getting the most effective and efficient treatments!

As a reference, in China it is not uncommon for people to receive acupuncture treatments daily or even twice a day for some conditions.

What are the risks or side effects of acupuncture?

Acupuncture has been proven to be a highly safe practice when administered by a trained licensed acupuncturist. We undergo over 1,000 hours of training on the safety and proper technique of needling. Compared to other forms of medicine we have few risks. Some of these risks include minor bruising, fainting, minor bleeding, and muscle spasms. Extremely rare risks would include nerve damage and punctured organs.

Will I have marks after a cupping treatment?

After a cupping treatment you may have light red to dark purple discoloration where the cups were placed. This is normal and part of the therapeutic effect. These marks could last for a few hours to 10 days, and will disappear on their on.

What forms of payment do you take?

We take cash, checks, and all major credit cards for your convenience.

Do you take insurance?

If you have insurance that covers acupuncture for out-of-network providers we are happy to provide you with a “superbill” form that you can submit directly to your insurance provider. Depending on your plan, your insurance company will reimburse you according to your policy. We do not process your insurance for you and you are responsible for paying in full at the time of service.

If you have any other questions please contact us at (561) 800-2281.


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