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, we 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.
take health insurance?
We do not take health insurance, but if your health insurance plan covers acupuncture with an out of network provider, we are happy to provide you with a receipt containing procedural and diagnostic codes (known as a superbill) that you can submit directly to your health insurance company for personal reimbursement. We suggest you contact your health insurance company prior to treatment to
What should I ask my insurance company about coverage?
Does my plan cover acupuncture with an out-of-network licensed acupuncturist?
What specific conditions are covered and can you provide a list?
Do you cover this specific condition (i.e., headaches)?
Do I have a deductible to meet?
Are there any other parameters or conditions to my coverage?
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 and 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.