What is acupuncture?
An acupuncturist will insert needles into a person's body with the aim of balancing their energy.
This, it is claimed, can help boost well being and may cure some illnesses.
Conditions it is used for include different kinds of pain, such as headaches, blood pressure problems, and whooping cough, among others.
How does it work?
Traditional Chinese medicine explains that health is the result of a harmonious balance of the complementary extremes of "yin" and "yang" of the life force known as "Qi," pronounced "chi." Illness is said to be the consequence of an imbalance of the forces. Qi is said to flow through meridians, or pathways, in the human body. These meridians and energy flows are accessible through 361 acupuncture points in the body.
Inserting needles into these points with appropriate combinations is said to bring the energy flow back into proper balance.
There is no scientific proof that the meridians or acupuncture points exist, and it is hard to prove that they either do or do not, but numerous studies suggest that acupuncture works for some conditions.
Some experts have used neuroscience to explain acupuncture. Acupuncture points are seen as places where nerves, muscles, and connective tissue can be stimulated. The stimulation increases blood flow, while at the same time triggering the activity of the body's natural painkillers.
In 2003, the World Health Organization (WHO) listed a number of conditions in which they say acupuncture has been proven effective.
high and low blood pressure
chemotherapy-induced nausea and vomiting
some gastric conditions, including peptic ulcer
reducing the risk of stroke
Other conditions for which the WHO say that acupuncture may help but more evidence is needed include:
substance, tobacco and alcohol dependence
whooping cough, or pertussis
The WHO also suggest that it may help treat a number of infections, including some urinary tract infections and epidemic hemorrhagic fever. They point out, however, that "only national health authorities can determine the diseases, symptoms, and conditions for which acupuncture treatment can be recommended."
Treatment Fee $85.00
Motor Vehicle Accidents
If you have been injured in a car accident
Acupuncture can help.
Your Personal Injury Protection Coverage Covers Acupuncture Your acupuncture treatments and exams are all covered by your insurance. We bill your insurance for you. Most of our patients have $0 out of pocket expenses. You are responsible for ensuring you have sufficient PIP coverage on your plan. Coverage amounts vary. You can contact your insurance carrier to find out what your PIP limit is. This amount is used to cover all your MVA-related medical expenses, including acupuncture.
A car crash can cause many types of injury. If you where discharged from the ER without any fractures or specific injuries requiring surgery, but you are having pain—you may have soft-tissue damage. Your muscles protect your body in many ways. One of those ways is by limiting your range of motion when outside forces act on your body—as happens in an accident. Your muscles and connective tissues (ligaments, tendons, etc.) get jerked and strained in an accident. This causes damage. The pain from these injuries can start immediately after your wreck, or set in over the following days. If you are having ANY pain since your accident, it is a good idea to be seen by an acupuncture doctor for an evaluation. Soft-tissue injuries usually respond well to acupuncture.