Best Acupuncture Chiropractor Cary, Apex, Raleigh Near Me

What is Acupuncture?


Acupuncture is a system of complementary medicine that involves placing needles on the body to alleviate pain and treat various conditions. Acupuncture treatment originated in ancient China roughly 3000 years ago and at times has been an important part of the healthcare system there and in other parts of the world.  Today, acupuncture is now widely practiced in the west and continues to be a more widely utilized treatment to address pain, injuries, and health conditions. Treatment is aimed at helping create balance in the body and aiding its ability to heal and recover on it's own.



What Conditions can be Treated with Acupuncture?


At AccessHealth we primarily focus on neuro-musculo-skeletal pain and injuries, and acupuncture is often an important part of our treatment strategy.  Treatment can be incredibly effective at reducing and eliminating pain as well as getting you back to doing the things you enjoy.  Acupuncture for back pain and acupuncture for sciatica are some of the most common treatments we perform at our chiropractic and acupuncture clinic, but we also use traditional acupuncture to address a number of other conditions.

Acupuncture side effects


Acupuncture is a relatively low risk option for addressing a variety of conditions.  Under the care of a well-trained provider, acupuncture side effects are typically extremely minimal or nonexistent. However, just like with any medical intervention, there are some precautions and risks to treatment.  See below for a list of acupuncture side effects:

Common acupuncture side effects (typically 1-10% of patients) - Pain or tenderness at the site of needle insertion, muscle soreness, fatigue, or bruising.

Uncommon acupuncture side effects (typically 0.1-1% of patients) - Aggravation of current symptoms, feeling faint or dizzy, a headache, or needles becoming stuck, bent or broken.

Rare acupuncture side effects (typically .1-.01% of patients) - Infection or pneumothorax (puncturing of the lining around the lungs)

Extremely rare acupuncture side effects (typically less than .01% of patients) - Vasovagal response, diarrhea, vomiting, or a needle being forgotten.

If you're nervous or don't do well with needles, you may be more likely to experience the common acupuncture side effects.  I always address these concerns with the patient and answer any questions the patient may have before we begin any acupuncture treatment.  It's also important to remember that every patient reacts uniquely to acupuncture treatment.

Acupuncture Needles and Does Acupuncture Hurt?


Patients are often surprised when I show them an acupuncture needles for the first time.  If you have needle phobia, or dislike needles when you're getting blood drawn, you'll be relieved when you see acupuncture needles.  Acupuncture needles are filiform needles, in other words, they don't have a hollow center like needles used to draw blood.  Needles for acupuncture treatment come in a variety of sizes and styles, but are generally much thinner than a hypodermic needle as well.



The next questions patients have about acupuncture treatment is "Does acupuncture hurt?" The good thing about using thin filiform needles is that it makes needling a lot less uncomfortable.  In fact, patients sometimes don't even feel when I insert the acupuncture needle, and can't tell whether the acupuncture needle is still in them or has been taken out because it's so thin.  Needle technique affects how much the patient feels the needle as well.  Using acupuncture needles in dry needling is a different experience. If you're interested in dry needling, check out our Cary NC dry needling page [insert link]

Acupuncture Cost at AccessHealth and How Much Does Acupuncture Cost without Insurance


We strive to offer quality and affordable acupuncture at our Cary NC acupuncture clinic, just as we do for chiropractic care.  If you're curious to see the cost of acupuncture take a look at our flat rate chiropractor prices.  It's important to remember that you will need an exam before we begin acupuncture treatment, to ensure we know exactly what's going on with your body and what we can do to help. Also, acupuncture is not a one-time fix.  It sometimes takes a few acupuncture appointments to achieve our goals and get you feeling better, although many patients notice a positive change after their first treatment. If you're looking to have acupuncture for back pain or a related condition it's worth looking at adding some chiropractic care as part of your treatment strategy.  This allows us to add chiropractic adjustments (joint manipulation), soft tissue work, and rehabilitation exercises to get you feeling better as soon as possible.  See our chiropractic adjustments page to learn more about chiropractic care.

How much does acupuncture cost without insurance? Usually, it's going to cost whatever the provider's fee is.  That's because insurance coverage for acupuncture isn't very good.  On a positive note, you can use your HSA or FLEX spending account to pay for acupuncture treatment. We also submit to your insurance for your acupuncture treatment or we can print off an itemized bill for you to send in to them yourself. In most cases this means that your insurance will apply the cost of acupuncture treatment towards your deductible, but you should check your specific plan to be sure. 

How Long Does Acupuncture Take?


Acupuncture is not a one-time fix for any issue, although I've had patients who have had a huge positive change in their symptoms after the first visit.  When a patient asks me "How long does acupuncture take" I typically tell them that everyone is different, but let's start with a trial of acupuncture treatment first.  This means the provider lays out a plan of visits, to see how the patient responds to care.  It's hard to tell how long acupuncture takes to work, but a good guide is that the longer the problem has bothered you the longer it may take to respond to care.