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Acupuncture FAQs

Acupuncture FAQs

What conditions can you treat using acupuncture?
Below is a brief list of conditions which may benefit from acupuncture treatment​. If you do not see your specific condition, please call our office to speak with one of our healthcare providers to see if acupuncture is right for you.

  • Neck & Low Back Pain
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Joint pain & Stiffness
  • Muscle Inflammation
  • Tendonitis
  • Bursitis
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Headaches 
  • Cancer Related Pain
  • Vertigo
  • Smoking Cessation 
  • Chronic Fatigue
  • Insomnia
  • Hypertension
  • Obesity (appetite suppression)
  • Allergies
  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)
  • Acid Reflux
  • Reproductive Issues
  • Menopausal Hot Flashes
  • and More...

How much does acupuncture  at The Matlock Center cost?                                                   Unfortunately there are a few facets to this question. Cost will be based on a few factors including: insurance coverage, deductibles, Co-Insurance percentages or Co-Pay amounts, whether you are receiving community or private sessions, and the amount of time needed to treat your specific condition. In a nutshell, it will essentially depend on you.  Please understand that while we would simply like to list basic pricing...the actual cost will vary depending on your individual situation. Out of pocket expenses can only be determined after we have all of the necessary information from each patient. Please stop by or call our office in advance to discuss out of pocket expenses in more detail. (908)859-0300

How does acupuncture work?
Generally speaking, Oriental Medicine defines good health as the harmonious flow of the body's subtle energies--termed Qi (chee) in Chinese. Thus, “disharmony”, diseases and symptoms, develops when this Qi circulation becomes chronically stagnant. A common instance of chronic energetic stagnation is stress-induced muscle tension leading to nerve irritation--what you may experience as a headache or low back pain.

From the traditional perspective, we look at acupuncture as a therapeutic modality (along with herbal medicine, remedial exercise, dietetics, and therapeutic bodywork) to help restore harmony to the mind and body by releasing energetic blockages.  ​

Acupuncture treatments can also:

  • Release muscle spasm
  • Reduce inflammation
  • Enhance circulation through areas of tension
  • Support  a healthier nervous and immune system by reducing the stress response
  • Enhance well-being by promoting the release of endorphins-(our body's natural painkillers)

I'm scared of needles! Does this treatment hurt?
When we think of any treatment involving needles, most of us think about injections at the doctor's office or getting blood drawn. Acupuncture is a very different experience from either of these scenarios. The stainless-steel needles used are nearly hair-thin, so discomfort is generally minimal and in many cases...painless. In fact, most patients find treatments so relaxing that they wind up taking a peaceful nap while on the treatment table!

Is there any medication on the needles?
No! The therapeutic effect of acupuncture comes from the interaction between the clinician's precision needling skill and the patient's body. Additionally, all needles come pre-sterilized and are immediately disposed of after each treatment.

How many treatments will I need?
Although it will differ for each patient, we have seen that an average of eight treatments over the course of three to four weeks is ideal to determine whether acupuncture is best suited to help you. Please keep in mind this is only a rule of thumb. Other factors that may contribute to the necessary number of treatments are: Duration of condition (Chronic or Acute), age, overall constitution, and willingness to change lifestyle habits (patient compliance).

What can I expect on the First Visit and from follow-up acupuncture treatments?
Your initial visit will consist of intake forms, review of systems, and a physical examination similar in many ways to a visit to a conventional physician's office. Treatment, in addition to acupuncture needling, may include:

  • electric stimulation: used to stimulate circulation in areas of muscle pain
  • therapeutic bodywork: a.k.a. Chinese medical massage
  • heat therapy: Infrared lamp, traditional moxibustion techniques or moist hot packs
  • gua-sha: method of reducing pain and breaking up soft tissue restrictions  using a special instrument to perform transverse friction at specific treatment areas
  • cupping: the use of specially designed cups to reduce pain and draw out stagnant circulation via vacuum action
  • medicinal herbs: either as a liquid decoction, powdered granules or pressed pill form
  • dietary/lifestyle counseling: to address potential primary &/or secondary causes of illness

If you have any further questions about Acupuncture treatments or our facility, please call us directly at (908)859-0300. Serving Phillipsburg NJ, Easton PA, Stewartsville NJ, Washington NJ and surrounding areas.