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About Acupuncture

What is an acupuncturist’s training?
Are there different kinds of acupuncture?

Does acupuncture hurt?

How many needles do you use? And where do you put them?

Is it safe? Are they sterilized needles?

Who receives acupuncture?

How many treatments will I need?

What should I do while receiving acupuncture and after my session?

Are there Any Side Effects of Acupuncture?

What to Expect from the Experience

What do I wear for my first visit?
How do I prepare for my treatment?

What should I expect during a session?

How long is a session?

Why aren’t my treatments in a private room?

Why are my treatments in a recliner chair?

What should I expect after a treatment?

Office Policies

How do I schedule appointments?
What if I need to cancel an appointment?

What age groups do you treat?

What do you expect from me as a patient?

Will insurance pay for my treatments?

What payment methods do you accept?

Acupuncture-related questions

What is an acupuncturist’s training?
At Acupuncture-Advantage all of our acupuncturists are licensed by the State of Florida Department of Health and are Nationally Board Certified by the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine. The requirements to become a licensed acupuncturist in the state of Florida are extensive. This includes a minimum of 3 years post-graduate studies in Acupuncture at a school that is recognized by the Accreditation Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine. In addition, Licensed Acupuncturists have over 1,000 hours of clinical experience including hundreds of hours of hands-on clinical training.

Are there different kinds of acupuncture?
Yes, there are. Acupuncture originated in China but has spread to Japan, Korea, Vietnam, Europe, the British Isles, and America. In different countries and in various clinics throughout the United States many different styles are used based on differing interpretations of the classic Chinese medical theory. Some experienced practitioners have also developed their own unique forms of practice. No matter what style is used, the mission is the same: providing better health via a minimally-invasive, safe, and virtually pain-free method. Patients are encouraged to talk to their acupuncturists about the process of the treatment and learn as much as possible.

Does acupuncture hurt?
Many patients report that they do not feel the needle insertion or some may feel a sensation similar to a mosquito bite. Occasionally, you may experience a dull sensation at or around the needle while the needle is retained. This is your “Qi” or Vital Energy and is an indication of enhanced energy flow.

Acupuncture needles are solid, hair-thin and do not cause pain. Depending on the practitioner’s preference, either a non-insertive needle technique or extremely superficial needle insertions can be used during a treatment. Most people find acupuncture very relaxing. In fact, you may even fall asleep during your treatment!

How Many Needles do you use? And where do you put them?
The beauty and complexity of acupuncture is that there is more than one way to approach a treatment. At Acupuncture Advantage treatments will range from as few as 2 needles to as many as 12+. Typical treatments use about 8-10 needles.

Needles are typically placed in areas from the elbows to the fingers, knees to toes, and head and scalp. There are times that needles will be placed in other locations, including the abdomen, back or neck area. Patient discretion is never compromised and treatments can be modified to meet your needs. The beauty of acupuncture is that it can be flexible; there are many points and approaches to choose from.

Is it safe? Do you use sterilized needles?
Yes, all of our needles are sterile, used only once, and properly disposed – we never reuse needles. Acupuncture Advantage uses FDA-approved, single-use needles that have been sterilized by the manufacturer prior to packaging. After your treatment, the needles are disposed of in a “Sharps” medical waste disposal container. All of our acupuncturists are nationally certified in Clean Needle Technique by the CCAOM (Council of Colleges of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine).

Who receives acupuncture?
Acupuncture has touched the lives of many people, from friends and neighbors, to the rich and famous, Pro athletes, Olympic athletes, and weekend warriors. Every age group and every walk of life – thanks to the broad support by celebrities like Oprah Winfrey and Dr. Oz. During the Olympic Games in China there were stories on how the Olympians receive acupuncture and herbal medicine on a regular basis.

How many treatments do I need?
To achieve the greatest benefits it is important to follow a consistent treatment plan that your acupuncturist will develop specifically for you and with you. The treatment plan will be outlined at your first visit and refined as your acupuncturist observes your response to care. The treatment plan will encompass your presenting symptoms along with both your short term and long term goals.

Rest assured, the positive effects of acupuncture typically begin right away at your first visit. However, it is a process and consistent treatments allow for your healing to progress more quickly. Generally speaking the treatments are designed such that you are treated more frequently at the beginning and then once your health goals are achieved, you are encouraged to participate in a maintenance program. The maintenance program is unique to each patient and discussed with your Acupuncturists.

How soon your symptoms will improve depends on a number of factors including how long you’ve had your condition, life style, medical history, and age. The frequency of treatments also affects your outcome. Based on these factors, your Acupuncturist will determine how many treatments are necessary for your specific case. Some people notice a difference immediately; others will notice changes within 6-12 treatments.

At Acupuncture Advantage, our practitioners will check your progress throughout the course of your treatments and will communicate clearly what you may expect in terms of results and time-frames. We will strive to provide you with an accurate prognosis and refer you to another healthcare practitioner, if we are unable to meet your needs.

What should I do while receiving and after acupuncture?
Relax. Ask your practitioner ANY questions you have along the way. Try to not change your position dramatically or move suddenly when the needles are in. If you begin to feel uncomfortable in one position let your acupuncturists know so they can help you adjust.

We suggest making sure you drink enough water, preferably room temperature, following the treatment. It is also important to be aware of any changes you experience, better or worse, in regard to how you are feeling. This is important as you want to report any changes to your acupuncturist at your next visit.

Are there any Side Effects of Acupuncture?
Acupuncture is safe and effective, and rarely are there any “side-effects”. At most a small bruise could develop. This may occasionally occur and if you have any concerns, please talk to your practitioner.


What to Expect from the Experience:

What do I wear for my first visit?
You will not need to undress for your treatment, simply wear or bring something comfortable to change into (i.e. sweatpants, yoga pants, a comfortable shirt, skirt, shorts etc.)

How do I prepare for my treatment?
Try to arrive on time or a little early to be sure your entire experience is soothing. It is best not to be treated on a totally empty stomach so have a small snack.

What should I expect during a session?
The first visit is typically an hour and one half long; follow-up visits are approximately one hour. During the initial visit you will meet with your acupuncturist privately in a consultation room, to review your medical history and the main reason for coming. After your intake, you will proceed into the treatment room, remove your shoes & socks, and get comfortable on a reclining chair or treatment table. The acupuncturist will come in shortly after.

To begin a treatment, your practitioner will decide where to place the needles. This decision will be based on your constitution and your main complaint. Each treatment is highly customized for you and your specific health concern. Most points selected are from the elbows to the fingers, knees to toes, and head and scalp, although the back and abdomen can also be used.

Each time you receive a treatment the points may or may not vary. We use many approaches to balance treating you’re overall “Constitution” along with your current main complaint. The treatment, based on your specific constitution is called a root treatment. The treatment, which addresses your main concerns, is called a local treatment. Both root treatment and local treatments are done on each visit following the initial consultation.

How long is a session?
Acupuncture treatments typically last from 45 minutes to 1 hour. First time patients should allow an hour and a half for sufficient time to complete their initial consultation. If you have not completed your paperwork in advance we ask that you please arrive at least 15 minutes early to complete the intake form and to foster a relaxing experience.

One of the nicest parts of your experience at Acupuncture Advantage is that we allow you to modify the length of your treatment. Most people relax with their needles for 30-60 minutes, but you may stay as long as you like as long as we have room. We will check in on you periodically, leaving you alone if you are relaxed or sleeping, and checking to see if you are ready to have your needles removed when eye contact is made or if you call upon your practitioner.

Why is my treatment not in a private room?
Your consultation is conducted in a private room and your treatment is done in a group setting. We have specifically designed our clinic to comfortably treat patients in this way for several reasons.

First, it allows us to treat more patients thereby keeping prices low.

Second, patients are often more comfortable and feel less isolated in a group setting; many patients come in with friends and family members.

Third, the group energy that is created helps to foster a stronger healing environment.

Group acupuncture originated from the way acupuncture was historically practiced in China. Patients receive acupuncture in groups and receive treatments until their health conditions are fully resolved or greatly improved. At Acupuncture Advantage, the practitioners have studied extensively special acupuncture styles which allow for very effectively treatments without requiring you to undress – most points are from the elbows to the fingers, knees to toes, and head and scalp.

Why is my treatment in a recliner chair?
We utilize multiple methods to provide you with the best outcomes. We rarely place needles in the area that is affected or hurts. For this reason we can treat a host of conditions while you rest comfortably in a reclining chair. Yes, even back pain can be treated without placing needles in your back. In fact we find patients with back pain are much more comfortable being treated in a recliner vs. on our massage tables.

Office Policies

How do I schedule Acupuncture and Herbal appointments?
Click here to access our online scheduling for acupuncture and herbal appointments or call us at 561-338-1771. It is best to schedule several visits in advance to hold your favorite appointment times. For Homeopathy, facial rejuvenation or massage treatments please call.

How Do I cancel an appointment?
If you need to cancel appointments we ask that you give at least 24 hour notice so that we may give that time to other patients. Be sure to reschedule promptly to ensure that you’re achieving your health goals. Please note there is a $20 late cancellation/no-show fee.

What age groups do you treat?
Everyone can benefit from acupuncture, and at Acupuncture Advantage we offer our services to folks of all ages. Children under a certain age cannot be treated in the group setting, so please call to discuss the individual needs of your child.

What we expect from you as a patient:
Please arrive on time to allow yourself an opportunity to relax, or perhaps arrive early and enjoy a cup of tea or glass of water.
We ask that you avoid wearing colognes or perfumes as many of our patients have sensitivities to odors. When you are in the treatment area we ask that you speak in a quiet voice to ensure that everyone is enjoying their experience.
Remember to dress in loose fitting clothing – or bring along a pair of shorts to ensure that you are comfortable for your treatment.

We also would like your feedback! Let your acupuncturist know how you are feeling and let all of us know what your experience is like at Acupuncture Advantage. Okay, and tell your friends and family too!

We ask that if you need to cancel or reschedule that you give us 24 hours notice (see cancellation policy) or if you’re running late to give us a call.

Does insurance pay for my treatments?
Some insurance companies are now covering acupuncture sessions. It is important to check with your policy on your specific coverage. Because we offer a sliding scale, we are unable to bill insurance. If you have insurance that covers acupuncture, we will be happy to give you a payment receipt to submit to your insurance company for reimbursement.

For information on our sliding scale and rates, please see our Affordable Fee page.

What types of payment are accepted?
We accept all major forms of credit cards, cash, or check.  Payment is expected at the time of the visit. There is a $30 fee for returned checks.

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