Does Acupuncture Hurt?

Some people feel nothing at all, while others feel a brief moment of discomfort when the needle penetrates the skin. Each body is unique, as is each person’s condition; so what is felt with acupuncture varies from person to person and with each treatment. Common sensations are tingling, heaviness, dull ache, travelling warmth, or a pulsating sensation. Some people experience a mild soreness after treatment, which resolves within 24 hours. Most find acupuncture to be relaxing and fall asleep during treatment.

Is Acupuncture Safe?

Yes! it has been used for over 5000 years to help billions of people to get well and stay healthy, without drugs and surgery. The FDA approved Acupuncture needles for use by licensed practitioners in 1996. The FDA requires that acupuncturists follow strict safety guidelines and use only sterile, non-toxic needles that are labeled for single use only.

How Long Is A Typical Acupuncture Session?

A typical session ranges from an hour to an hour and a half.

How Many Treatments Will I Need?

Each patient is different. The initial phase of the treatment plan is usually between four to ten visits. The length of treatment depends on how long the condition has been present and how quickly the patient responds to treatment. Generally if a condition is more acute, patients respond faster than if it has been a chronic condition.

How Can I Prepare For My Appointment?

Please be sure to fill out all forms online prior to your appointment. Be sure to eat something light within a few hours of your appointment. If possible, wear loose clothing or pants that can be rolled-up above the knee.

Will You Take Insurance To Cover The Cost Of My Treatment?

Currently we do not accept insurance. You can utilize your insurance plans HSA funds for Acupuncture services. We will be happy to provide a receipt for you to submit to your insurance company.

Can Acupuncture Help Me Quit Smoking / Chewing Tobacco?

Yes. Acupuncture assists by reducing cravings and eliminating nicotine from the system. We work on the emotional component of addiction and on replacing the smoking habit with new habits. Quitting “Cold-Turkey” doesn’t work for most because it often leads to relapse. Acupuncture alone will not work, either, but it is a useful component of a comprehensive cessation plan. One must be motivated and have the desire to quit. A practitioner can help set up a plan and support system. A commitment of two treatments per week minimum for six weeks is recommended.

Is It Normal To Experience Bruising or Swelling On The Area Where Acupuncture Was Performed?

Bruising or minor swelling after a treatment is rare and does not negatively affect treatment. Apply pressure and an ice pack for 10 minutes if you experience bruising.

Can I Go Back To Work or Exercise After My Treatment?

If you are sore after treatment, we advise you to rest and drink plenty of water before engaging in any exercise. Otherwise, you may resume normal activities shortly after your treatment.

What education does an Acupuncturist receive?

Florida requires National accreditation by the NCCAOM organization. Dr. Kelly is also licensed in California where acupuncturists are required to have a Masters degree consisting of over 3000 hours in the following areas:

Basic Sciences 350 hours

Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine Principles, Theories and Treatment 1,255 hours

Clinical Medicine, Patient Assessment and Diagnosis 240 hours

Practice Management 45 hours

Case Management 90 hours

Public Health 40 hours

Professional Development 30 hours

Clinical Practice 950 hours

Additionally California has a separate more rigorous testing process that goes far beyond requirements in any other state.