Acupuncture Utah Wellness Center
Acupuncture Sessions in Utah County
We are honored and happy to be among the few throughout the state of Utah to provide acupuncture treatment. If you're new to this form of therapy, we've provided all you'll need to know about it here.
What is Acupuncture?
Acupuncture involves the insertion of very thin needles through your skin at
strategic points on your body. As an ancient Traditional Chinese Medicine,
acupuncture is a technique for balancing the flow of energy or life force —
known as Chi or Qi (chee) — that flows through pathways (meridians) in your body.
It is used often in many Western integrative medicine clinics as a way of relieving
chronic pain and reducing stress.
By inserting needles into specific points along these meridians, acupuncture
practitioners help re-balance the flow of your energy. In addition, acupuncture
points are also areas to stimulate nerves, muscles and connective tissue, helping
to boost the body's natural painkillers. Treatment may also involve complementary
therapies of moxibustion (ignited rolled herbs held close to certain areas of the
body for infusing heat and Qi), cupping (glass cups used to create suction to remove
pathogenic Qi and break-up stagnate blood), and blood letting (drawing out stagnate
or diseased blood through little pricks of the skin, typically performed to treat nervous system disorders, physical trauma and extremely serious febrile diseases).
What Is It Used For?
Hundreds of clinical studies have demonstrated that acupuncture successfully treats a variety of conditions, including:
Nausea and vomiting
Headaches, including tension headaches and migraines
Low back pain
Depression and anxiety
What are the Risks?
Common side effects include soreness and minor bleeding or bruising where the needles were inserted. Single-use, disposable needles are the standard practice, so the risk of infection is minimal. If you have a bleeding disorder, are taking blood thinners or are pregnant, you may be at increased risk for bleeding or bruising, or for going into labor from acupuncture treatment.
What Can I expect?
During the intake, you will be asked about your symptoms, behaviors and lifestyle habits. The doctor may also closely examine the parts of your body that are painful, the shape, coating and color of your tongue, the color of your face and the strength, rhythm and quality of the pulse in your wrist.
This initial evaluation and treatment may take up to 60 minutes. Subsequent appointments usually take about a half-hour. A common treatment plan for a single complaint would typically involve one or two treatments a week. The number of treatments will depend on the condition being treated and its severity. In general, it is common to receive six to eight treatments.
What Happens During the Procedure?
Acupuncture points are situated in all areas of the body. Sometimes the appropriate points are located away from the area of your pain. The doctor will tell you the general site of the planned treatment and whether you need to remove any clothing. A gown or sheet will be provided. You will lie on a padded table for the treatment, which involves:
Needle insertion. Acupuncture needles are inserted to various depths at strategic points on your body. The needles are very thin, so insertion usually causes little discomfort. People often don't feel them inserted at all. Between 5 and 20 needles are used in a typical treatment. You may feel a mild aching sensation when a needle reaches the correct depth
Needle manipulation. The doctor may gently move or twirl the needles after placement or apply heat or mild electrical pulses to the needles
Needle removal. In most cases, the needles remain in place for 10 to 20 minutes while you lie still and relax. There is usually no discomfort when the needles are removed.
Does Insurance Cover Acupuncture Treatment?
Yes, some insurance companies cover the costs of acupuncture treatment. Contact your provider to learn more. In some cases, your insurance provider may reimburse you based on your submission of an itemized form (known as a superbill) that we will provide you. You will simply need to fill it out and submit it to your provider. Contact your provider for more information.