What should I expect on my first visit?
The initial visit takes about an hour and a half to allow time for a full intake, diagnosis, and treatment. You will share why you're seeking treatment and any relevant medical history. I will listen to your pulse at the radial artery, check the tongue and hara (abdomen), palpate along the spine, and ask questions about your daily experience to verify any imbalances I find and get a clear picture of the root of any illnesses. I will share my findings and offer some practical daily self care techniques.
Depending on what you need and are open to, treatment may include:
The needles are hair thin but very powerful. They can loosen tight and painful muscles, boost organ function, remove blockages and stagnation, lift the spirit, improve circulation, digestion, absorption, hormone imbalances, neurological problems, and so much more. Acupuncture affects the nervous system and places it in a parasympathetic state where it can repair itself. See this study.
My acupuncture training was a mix of Kiiko Matsumoto style Japanese Acupuncture, Classical Chinese Medicine, and APM style (trigger point release). I use whatever is most appropriate for the receiver. These days, my treatments are more intuitive, led by the intelligence of my hands.
If patients are fearful or nervous about the needles, I will always be glad to adjust and accommodate to insure comfort.
Moxibustion is a technique of burning mugwort (artemisia vulgaris) over acu points. I use this technique when patients are depleted and need an energy boost, or when a certain acupuncture point could use warming or a boost.
Tui Na is Chinese medical bodywork, which I often mix with deep tissue or shiatsu (pressing the points).
Applying “suction-like” cups to the skin to draw out toxins, remove phlegm, or loosen tight muscles.
Applying therapeutic balms to the skin, usually for acute injuries.
Do I need to prepare anything in advance?
Please make sure you are fed and hydrated the day of your treatment.
What should I wear?
Please wear comfortable clothing that allows access to your knees, arms and abdomen.
Does it hurt?
Nancy will accommodate your sensitivity level and will check in with you often. However, people often remark, "I didn't expect needles to be so relaxing."
Do you take insurance?
Yes. Nancy is an in-network provider for Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield, but will accept any out of network plans that cover acupuncture.
To verify your benefits, you may email firstname.lastname@example.org and provide a pic of your card and your date of birth. If you are not the plan holder, then you may provide plan holder's first and last name and date of birth.
Where can I learn more about acupuncture?