Another great alternative form of care we provide at Price Performance Chiropractic is acupuncture. Dr. Abbie Mork completed her Chiropractic Acupuncture curriculum at Northwestern Health Sciences University shortly after graduating from Palmer College of Chiropractic in 2010.
It is one of the oldest forms of alternative medicine that is used to treat a broad range of condiitons and is a treatment method that encourages the body to heal itself. Its premise is based on the idea that the bodies functions are regulated by the proper flow of energy through the body, which is known as qi (chi). By inserting needles into specific acupuncture points throughout the body it promotes the proper flow of qi and in turn promotes health.
Dr. Abbie focuses primary on the use of acupuncture with needles instead of using moxa or herbal remedies. She uses very thin, sterile, disposable, stainless steel needles. Also, she uses electro-acupuncture, which sends electric impulse through to the needles to help promote energy flow.
Although acupuncture can be used for a wide array of conditions here is what is most commonly seen at our office:
- Back & Neck Pain
Anxiety & Stress
Joint Pain (i.e. shoulder, knee, hip, elbow)
- How long will it take? It is recommended that you give yourself a total of 45 minutes for the entire treatment. Once the needles are inserted you will relax for roughly 30 minutes before the needles are removed.
- What should I wear? Due to acupuncture points being all over the human body it is necessary to have access to as much skin as possible. This is why we recommend you wear loose, comfortable clothing so it can easy be moved if necessary. If you are coming directly from work or forgot a change of clothes we have gowns available.
- How many treatments will I need? I am sorry to tell you that this one is very difficult answer to predict since every person responds to treatment differently. Some people see results in as little as one session while others it takes a few.
- Will it hurt? When the needles are inserted often people do not feel any pain, but some feel a subtle pin prick sensation that goes away quickly after the needle is in. The more muscle and tissue the area has where the needle is inserted the less likely you will even feel anything.
- Will my insurance cover it? Most health insurance policies do not cover acupuncture, but you can use your flexible spending account or Health Savings account.