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Frequently Asked Questions

What can I expect from my first visit?

Your initial visit will consist of a comprehensive evaluation where we will review your health history and discuss the reasons you are seeking treatment. If you are a good candidate for acupuncture, I will present you with a treatment plan outlining what it will take to help you reach your goals, including frequency, duration, and cost. If time permits, we will begin your first treatment immediately after the consult.

How should I  prepare for my first treatment?

  • Fill out the provided paperwork or come prepared with the requested information, including your health history and a list of current medications and supplements

  • Have something light to eat at least one hour before your treatment

  • Wear or bring comfortable clothing that allows access to your arms and lower legs

  • Do not ingest alcohol or non-prescription drugs on the day of your treatment

What does acupuncture feel like?

Does it hurt?

People experience a range of sensation depending on their level of sensitivity, but very rarely is it described as pain. There can be some brief discomfort as the needle is inserted, which usually dissipates quickly, or a sensation of heaviness, warmth, tingling, or movement through the body. For many, the experience is extremely relaxing.  While the thickest needle used is about as thick as a strand of hair, needles come in a range of sizes and a smaller gauge can always be used on a more sensitive patient. 

Do you take health insurance?

We do take health insurance, but not all health insurance plans cover acupuncture. As a courtesy we are happy to verify the specifics of your plan’s coverage and review during the consultation. Please be sure to fill out this section of your paperwork prior to your appointment if you would like us to verify this information for you.

What if you can’t treat my condition?

At Thrive Acupuncture, we only accept patients we believe we can help. That is why we require a consultation as your first step with our clinic. It is both an opportunity for us to review your case make our best recommendations, and for you to decide if you’d like to choose us to provide your care based on the plan we present. Your time and money is valuable, so if we are not the right fit for you, we will do our best to refer you to somebody who is.

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