Yes, during your session you will be left on the table with needles in for about 20-25 minutes. The lights will be turned down low to help you relax. There will be soft music playing.
Every patient, every time, during Dr. Fick's treatments will be left with an easy push-pager. If at any time a needle hurts, the temperature is too hot or too cold, or anything else you might need, you can just press the pager at any time. It is absolutely ok to request the music off, or bring your own music, or leave the lights on, etc. This is your treatment.
Sometimes it does, and sometimes it doesn't. Acupuncture is a very complicated, multi-faceted therapy. If you are looking for someone who can do a total assessment and safely perform complicated acupuncture techniques, it is recommended to see a licensed acupuncturist (L.Ac.). However, not all L.Ac's are created the same either.
Some patients just need a tight muscle released in which case a therapy like dry needling is highly applicable and there is no need to necesssarily go into an L.Ac, but someone like a physical therpaist who is certified to do dry needling would be fine.
Never recieve acupuncture from someone who has no formal training in the therapy.
Dr. Fick recommends new patients come once per week for three weeks in a row at first. This gives both Dr. Fick and you, the patient, the best chances to understand how your body reacts to acupuncture and what is working. After the three treatments we will re-evaluate your symtpoms.
The best rule of thumb is if you are feeling symptom releif for 4-5 days in a row, you would be fine to be seen for acupuncture every 7-10 days. If you get symptom releif for 7-10 days following acupuncture, you can be seen every 14-20 days for a treatment.
Occassionally it is recommended to be seen twice weekly if your symtpoms are very severe. Each time you receive acupuncture, your body stimulates certain neurotransmitters and neuropeptides, then rebuilds and reassembles more than what was stimulated with acupuncture the previous time. So every time you receive acupuncture, your brain will stimulate more hormones and chemicals than the time before that, which ensues long term symptom releif.
Yes. Telling Dr. Fick your whole health history can help her to help you.
If you have a communicable disease such as Hepatitis or HIV you can transmit disease through blood and fluids. Although the chances of transmission are very rare, and clean needle technique is always used regardless if you have a communicable disease or not, it is best for Dr. Fick to know so she can protect herself from a needle-stick accident.
Yes, there are packages for patients who wish to come in for acupuncture multiple times within a certain period.
Go to the Prices and Services page, at the bottom, you'll see the packages offered.
Yes. As with any therapy there is a chance it will not work for you. Dr. Fick incorporates Functional Medicine with Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine which increases the chances or success. There are many reasons why someone may not see any benefits from acupuncture:
Very few times are there patients who are deemed as "non-responders". Non-responders are patients who have tried acupuncture many times, with absolutely no changes what-so-ever. It is theorized that some people (less than 10% of the entire population) have amino acid deficiencies that block acupunctures effects. If you are not getting results from acupuncture, talk with Dr. Fick more about this matter.
It depends on your insurance plan. Call your insurance and ask them:
** As of May 2020 EMA will begin taking insurance in-network for Cigna and United. Please call for more details.
Ask Dr.Fick for a Superbill. It is of no extra cost to you. Send the Superbill to your insruance (usually via fax) and they will add that money towards your deductible.
If you are billing your own insurance, the same instructions follow.
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