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Frequently asked questions

What does acupuncture treat?


Acupuncture treats a wide variety of health concerns: -body pain (from common ailments like back and neck pain to more rare pain conditions) -surgical or injury recovery -digestive disorders -headaches/migraines -sleep issues (insomnia, night terrors) -women's health (menstrual cycles, fertility, menopause, PMS) -men's health (prostate pain, ED, fertility) -fatigue and low energy -poor immunity -mental health (depression, anxiety, etc) -side effects from prescription drugs and chemotherapy -and much more! Visit our 'Conditions Treated' page for detailed information and research on the use of acupuncture for many different health issues. View our ' Acupuncture Fact Sheets' page for Evidence-based data on the use of acupuncture for a handful of specific conditions. The WHO and NCCIH have endorsed acupuncture as an effective, affordable, and safe method of treating a number of diseases and ailments after reviewing a large collection of data and research. If you don't see your specific health issue listed above or on our website, please feel free to call us at 385-242-0649 or email at info@flowacupuncture.org to discuss your health concerns to determine how acupuncture can help improve your health!




How often should I get acupuncture?


For severe and nagging health concerns, we recommend one to three sessions of acupuncture per week for 4-6 weeks. For less intense or bothersome conditions, your practitioner may recommend starting at one session per week. After 4-6 sessions, you should be seeing changes or improvements, and at that time your acupuncturist will discuss the best treatment plan moving forward. What is typical is transitioning to a few sessions every-other-week, and then finally once per month to ensure your health concerns are resolved, or if you have a chronic condition, to ensure your symptoms are alleviated. Some patients enjoy acupuncture so much (the relaxation benefits, boosted energy, better sleep) that they make acupuncture a regular part of their self-care routine and visit us at regular intervals throughout the year. You and your acupuncturist can help determine a plan that works best for your health needs, your schedule, and your budget.




How long will the effects from acupuncture last?


Everyone's body is different - and the current state of your ailments or illness is unique to you. Therefore, results of course, will vary between each patient. However, a study published in the UK on low back pain found that participants experienced benefits from regular acupuncture treatments that lasted up to two years after their original series of treatments! This study was groundbreaking for the acupuncture field and helped the British healthcare system to recognize how cost-effective and beneficial acupuncture truly is for it's citizens.




Does acupuncture hurt?


Everyone has a different tolerance for pain. However, the sensations felt during an acupuncture treatment can vary from 'dull ache' to 'quick pinch' to 'I didn't feel anything!' Different parts of the body are more sensitive than others, and different (smaller) needles can be used during your first sessions to get you used to the sensations. If you are feeling nervous about the pain, do not drink a lot of caffiene during the day of your appointment (this can heighten your body's pain response) and please let your acupuncturist know if you are menstruating (women tend to feel pain more intensely during menses.) Interestingly enough, MRI scans of the brain during acupuncture show a DECREASE of activity in pain-related areas of the brain, regardless of the fact that sticking a small needle into your skin should increase your pain response! This video shows your brain activity on acupuncture!




What if I'm afraid of needles?


The good news is that acupuncture needles are NOTHING like hypodermic needles. Medical syringes are hollow, sharp, and very thick in diameter. Acupuncture needles are NOT hollow, and are very thin and fine, often just a bit thicker than a strand of hair. Here is an informative article on getting acupuncture, even if you're a bit nervous about needles. If you're feeling anxious about needles, there are other options such as massage, tuning forks, and acupressure that can help alleviate your symptoms until you are comfortable with the acupuncture needles.




Do you accept insurance? Does my insurance cover acupuncture?


We accept HSA cards/plans for acupuncture services. At this time, Flow Acupuncture does not accept payment from insurance companies. You may call your insurance company and ask if they will reimburse you for acupuncture treatments, and we can provide you will the necessary paperwork and reciepts for your insurance company to reimburse you.




Do you do 'Dry Needling'?


Short answer: YES! Long answer: ‘Dry Needling’ is actually one style of acupuncture needling. Often called ‘trigger point needling’, acupuncturists have been doing ‘dry needling’ for thousands of years under the Chinese name: “Ashi” point needling. This technique can be great for releasing muscle tension and coaxing a tense or tight muscle to release by telling its trigger point (the point where a nerve innervates a muscle and tells it to contract) to release and relax. This can be great for sports injuries and sore muscles, but it works BEST when combined with other types of acupuncture to encourage blood flow, tissue recovery, and pain relief. In training to become an acupuncturist (1300+ hours of needling training) we learn a wide variety of techniques (such as distal point, balance method, Tan style, Zhu scalp, Japanese, Korean, 5-element, facial beauty acupuncture & more!) and I will COMBINE all of these amazing techniques to create the BEST treatment for your body! In the state of Utah, Physical Therapists are legally able to do ‘dry needling’ for musculoskeletal issues ONLY. If you choose a PT for your dry needling, please ensure they have adequate training (more than just a weekend workshop - over 100 hours of needling training at minimum for safety!) and if they offer to treat anything that is NOT musculoskeletal (such as migraines, sinus congestion/allergies, etc!) please inform them that is illegal and unethical.




How much does it cost?


Please refer to our PRICING page for details on cost of acupuncture sessions.




How does acupuncture work?


Acupuncture works by activating a number of different physiological functions that your body already uses to maintain health and homeostasis (balance.) Acupuncture has been shown to increase blood flow, increase circulation of white blood cells (for tissue repair,) decrease inflammation, and induce the parasympathetic response (the opposite of 'fight or flight.') More detailed information on HOW acupuncture works can be found on our ABOUT ACUPUNCTURE page.