Acupuncture is sometimes covered on most Florida Blue plans but not Capital Health Plan. You should contact your provider to determine your level of coverage. Some plans are unlimited, some cover a percentage of the cost of treatment and some have a maximum limit per year. You should also find out if you require a doctor’s referral to use your coverage.
We don’t do any direct billing for any insurance providers. You will be given a receipt for the cost of your treatment that can be submitted to your provider for reimbursement.
An initial consultation includes an in-depth health history review, taking the pulse on both arms and inspection of the tongue. Based on the results of this assessment, acupuncture treatment is highly individualized and treatment focus will vary depending on the patient’s treatment goals and expectations. Diet and lifestyle modifications may be discussed treatment, as well as an appropriate treatment plan.
Acupuncture is a 5000-year-old technique which involves the stimulation of very specific Acupuncture points on the body through a range of techniques. Usually hair-thin metallic disposable needles are inserted, but other techniques such as acupressure, massage or moxibustion are used as well. Acupuncture, along with Chinese herbal medicine, Tai Chi, Massage (Tui Na) and diet therapy are the practices which group together to make up what is known as Traditional Chinese Medicine.
Acupuncture is not a practice, which should be associated with pain. In most cases a treatment will be entirely painless. However, slight discomfort may be felt as the practitioner is inserting the needle, but in most cases patients won’t recall even feeling the insertion. Practitioners are trained to make it as painless as possible, yet sensation of a needle is not to be associated as negative. Having sensation (not pain) of the needle may be important for therapeutic effect. Such feelings may include a dull sensation, an electric current, heat/warmth, and relaxation. If discomfort is felt, the practitioner may remove that particular needle, or re-try the insertion of the needle for a better and smoother sensation.
Acupuncture is a very safe therapeutic procedure. Acupuncture practitioners in BC are extremely well trained to ensure that your well-being and safety are never compromised. During or after a treatment, you may experience slight bruising, electrical current sensations, faint feeling, temporary numbness in certain areas, but very rarely and most certainly nothing more than the above mentioned. Disposable, one-time use only needles are mandatory, and are therefore the only method of using acupuncture needles in Canada.
As an acupuncturist, we understand that most patients typically seek acupuncture as an adjunctive therapy to enhance the health care they are receiving, or because standard therapies, medications, and or other treatments have been ineffective. Others may see a more natural treatment form as a way to regain control of their health. Acupuncture is most beneficial when paired with other therapy.
And because Acupuncture is a fairly new concept to the west, it is understandable to have questions about whether it will work for you and your health concerns. Today more than ever, people seek help from acupuncture for many things including but not limited to: relieves pain, regulates and strengthens the activity of the internal organs, helps normalize functional disorders, boost the immune system, calms the mind, relieves anxiety and nervousness, is incredibly effective for stress, relaxes and strengthens the muscular skeletal system, reduces nicotine and general addictions
Interested in trying Acupuncture to relieve your pain?
Contact Elizabeth St Pierre-Charles (Formerly Rawls),
Acupuncturist Physician, Registered Nurse
AcupunctureInTallahassee@gmail.com | 850-536-5854