Frequently Asked Questions

What is acupuncture?

It is one of the branches of Oriental Medicine that enables your body to regain the ability to heal itself and function as best as it can. This is done by determining the root of the imbalance that causes the pathological condition presented and stimulating various “points” in the energy channels of the body with very thin, sterile needles.

Does acupuncture hurt?

Patients who have received medical injections are sometimes fearful that acupuncture will be painful. However, this is not the case! Acupuncture needles are fine and flexible, no bigger than a human hair or piece of thread. Most first-time patients are usually amazed at how comfortable they are during treatment.

How long do treatments take?

Depending on the patient’s condition and treatment plan, treatments should take 35- 45 minutes. The initial session is longer because Dr. McManus takes time to get acquainted with and document the patient's medical issues, in addition to the treatment.

How many treatments and how often?

Because each patient’s health problems and conditions, as well as response to treatment, are unique, the number and frequency of treatments vary. As a rule, the recommendation is two treatments per week for the initial 8 to 10 weeks. Some patients respond very favorably to only a few treatments while others may not start responding until the 8th or 9th visit. Keep in mind that this is a very individualized treatment plan. In general, acute conditions require less treatment than chronic ailments.

Are acupuncture needles sterile and safe?

Yes. The U.S. government requires licensed, certified acupuncturists to follow strict safety procedures regarding needles. Sterilized, single-use needles are manufactured, packaged, and shipped in strict compliance with the law. Used needles are disposed of in specially designated “sharp containers” which are appropriately disposed.