Frequently Asked Questions
Does Acupuncture hurt?
For the vast majority of patients, acupuncture is generally not painful. In fact, it’s entirely possible that you will not even feel the needle penetrating your skin. Other times it may feel like a little pinch. The needles are extremely thin and will never be as painful as the much thicker needles used for a blood draw or injection.
Is Acupuncture safe?
Acupuncture is extremely safe. Dr. Shultz uses sterile needles, which are disposed of at the end of each treatment. Dr. Shultz graduated with a degree in Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine from the Oregon College of Oriental Medicine in 1994, passed all national accrediting exams, and is a Licensed as a practitioner of Acupuncture & East Asian Medicine in the state of Washington.
What is included on the first visit?
Time is spent on an exam to determine what is going on as well as a treatment.
How long is each treatment?
First visit is uaually one hour or longer.
Once all the needles are in place, the patient rests for 20-30 minutes. Most patients experience a relaxing, nap-like state that is both restorative and refreshing. Additional Chiropractic visits are usually 20 minutes. Additional Acupuncture visits are usually 45 minutes to an hour.
Are X-rays Mandatory?
Not unless the doctor believes you need them. This will be determined at your first visit. Bring any x-rays you already have.
How many treatments will I need?
Every patient is different and Dr. Shultz will discuss this with you, however most patients respond quickly, and within 5 visits, there should be encouraging improvement.
Will Acupuncture interfere with other treatments?
No, Acupuncture will not interfere with other treatments. It is common to use Acupuncture in conjunction with other forms of medicine (massage, Physical Therapy, Naturopathy, and Western medicine), to achieve our goals. Acupuncture is also effective in preparing a patient for a procedure or help in recovery from surgery or chemotherapy.
Will my health insurance cover acupuncture?
If not, What is time of service charge?
We are non-contracted providers for all insurance companies. Please contact your insurance company and see what out of network services they cover. Ask about acupuncture and chiropractic.
If you do not have coverage, then our time of service charge for 1st visit is $165 – $250 this covers all services on that 1st day even if you are being seen for both chiropractic and acupuncture on that 1st visit.
If just chiropractic then first visit is $165.
If just acupuncture then the first visit is $159.
Time of service charge for a regular visit is: Chiropractic $45 and Acupuncture $79
Insurance policies vary in their coverage of acupuncture. Dr. Shultz will bill your insurance company. You will be responsible for any balance not covered by your plan.