Island Acupuncture is dedicated to providing the best care in acupuncture. Our practice is founded on the belief that individuals deserve effective holistic health care alternatives, and we treat our patients with integrity and conscientiousness.
Prior to your first acupuncture appointment at Wei Acupuncture Center, please print out and complete the following form and bring it with you at your initial visit:
The initial evaluation may take up to 60-90 minutes. Subsequent appointments usually take about 30-45 minutes. A common treatment plan for a single complaint would typically involve six to 12 treatments, scheduled over a few months.
During the treatment
Acupuncture points are located in all areas of the body. Sometimes the appropriate points are far from the area of your pain. I'll tell you the general treatment plan after initial interview. If appropriate, a gown, towel or sheet will be provided to preserve your modesty. After you lie down on a padded table, the treatment begins.
Needle Insertion. Acupuncture needles are very thin, so insertion usually causes very little discomfort. Between five and 20 needles are used in a typical treatment.
Needle manipulation. I may gently move or twirl the needles after they've been placed. Another option is to apply heat or mild electrical pulses to the needles.
Needle removal. In most cases, the needles will remain in place for 15 to 20 minutes while you lie still and relax. There is usually no sensation of discomfort when the needles are removed.
Some people feel relaxed while others feel energized after an acupuncture treatment. But not everyone responds to acupuncture. If your symptoms don't begin to improve within a few weeks, acupuncture may not be the right treatment for you.
A growing number of insurance companies will reimburse for acupuncture treatments. Consult your insurer for the terms of coverage on your policy. However, full payment is due at the time of each treatment. A receipt will be given after each treatment for patients to submit for insurance reimbursement.
To determine your acupuncture benefits, call the phone number on the your insurance card. Ask them the following questions:
Do I have acupuncture benefits?
Is there a restriction on diagnosis?
How many visits are allowed in a calendar year?
Is there a copay?
Do I need an authorization or referral?
We accept credit cards, checks and cash.
Patient confidentiality as required by law is maintained at all times.
Cancellations must be made at least 24 hours before your scheduled appointment. Missed appointments count as cancellations. For this reason, we suggest that all patients arrive 5 minutes prior to the scheduled appointment time.