Acupuncture is the insertion of hair-like thin needles into the skin at designated acupuncture points. Acupuncture needles promote self-healing by restoring essential functions and balance to the body and mind.
Acupuncturists enroll in a vigorous 2-3-year education and treatment program. A Master of Acupuncture completes 2,300 contact hours. A Master of Oriental Medicine completes 3,000 contact hours and includes a study of Chinese Herbal Medicine. Tessa Olson completed an intensive 3-year program in earning her a Master's of Oriental Medicine.
Most people do not feel the needles at all because of their hair-like thinness. Some people feel a painless heavy sensation while others describe a sensation of immediate relaxation and calmness.
Yes. Acupuncture needles are single-use, sterile, and disposable.
For both treatment types, the first session takes about an hour and a half. All follow-up sessions take one hour.
Please wear comfortable and loose fitting clothing. Most treatments only require that pants be rolled up to the knees and sleeves rolled up to the elbows.
For some acute conditions, like a cold or a minor injury, only two sessions may be needed. Although for some chronic conditions, such as low back pain, insomnia, chronic fatigue or depression, multiple treatments may be necessary. For chronic conditions, Tessa typically suggests one treatment per week for eight weeks. Because all conditions and clients are different, Tessa works with the client to determine the best treatment plan.
Renewal Acupuncture does not bill through insurance. A receipt is provided that can be submitted to the insurance company for insurance reimbursement.
Cash, checks, American Express, Discover, MasterCard, and Visa are accepted.
Acupressure is gentle to moderate finger pressure at designated acupuncture points.
Tui na is Chinese medical massage in which the patient remains clothed. This technique is used to alleviate tight and sore muscles, stimulate the body to self-heal, and create balance within the body.
Chinese herbal medicine is the use of single herbs or combinations of multiple herbs (called herbal formulas) to strengthen, support, and balance the body and mind. Herbal tea pills are one of the most common forms of herbal formulas in the U.S.
Cupping is the use of glass cups that are placed onto the body via suction. This therapy is usually used for colds, coughs, and tight and sore muscles.
Moxibustion is a Chinese herb used to warm designated acupuncture points. This therapy is typically used to alleviate pain, remove cold, and strengthen the body.
Chinese food therapy is the prescription of certain foods (according to their properties in Traditional Chinese Medicine) to support, maintain, and harmonize the body and mind.
Electric stimulation is the use of very low levels of electric current that is passed through inserted acupuncture needles. This therapy is frequently used for paralysis, muscle atrophy, and brain and spinal cord injury recovery.