WHAT IS ACUPUNCTURE?
The Rebel Med Northwest team in Ballard are Licensed East Asian Medical Practitioners trained in acupuncture and Traditional Chinese medicine in Washington State. After rigorous education and training, we can provide natural tools and a philosophical approach to care that applies thousands of years of Chinese medicine observation and pattern diagnosis to create a unique comprehensive medicine. By utilizing the art and mastery of acupuncture, Chinese herbs, Tui Na massage techniques, moxibustion, cupping, and Chinese nutritional therapy as an alternative modality, many common health conditions can be effectively treated by acupuncture and Chinese medicine alone or in combination with modern western methods.
How does acupuncture work?
Acupuncture therapy involves inserting fine needles along specific points on the body to regulate energy flow and physiological processes within the body for the purpose of decreasing pain, promoting circulation, and regulating the nervous system along with other regulatory systems of the body. In addition, electro stimulation may be applied to acupuncture needles when a stronger stimulation is necessary. In doing so, acupuncture is facilitating the natural healing processes that the body is already capable of and continually performing.
Meet with one of our acupuncture providers at our office in Ballard, Seattle, Washington and learn more about how acupuncture and Chinese Medicine can support you!
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Frequently Asked Questions
The initial appointment includes an interview, diagnosis, and treatment and lasts for about one hour. Follow-up appointments last about 45 minutes. The frequency and duration of treatment depend on the type of issue being addressed. In general, acute injuries require 1-2 treatments per week over the course of 2-3 weeks, while more chronic issues will require treatment on a weekly basis for an average of 8-10 weeks or more. During the initial intake, your practitioner will give you a prognosis for treatment of your specific condition and answer any questions you may have.
Clinically, we see that acute issues resolve very well. Chronic conditions take much longer to resolve, but we can generally see a positive trend within 4-6 treatments.
Acupuncture is generally a very pleasant experience. Most patients are able to achieve a relaxed state, and some patients even fall asleep. The insertion of the needles is minimally felt. Common sensations that the patient may feel include dull, achy, or a heavy sensation. If a patient is uncomfortable for any reason, the patient may communicate the feeling to the practitioner who can adjust the needles accordingly or take the needle out altogether. Treatments are focused on the patient being comfortable and relaxed.
Acupuncture treats a wide variety of conditions, the following is a list of some common conditions, but there are many more not listed. Because acupuncture reduces inflammation and improves circulation, most conditions will respond positively even if full remission is not achieved. However, for many people suffering from ill health, any relief can be the difference in their quality of life. Please contact us to learn more about how acupuncture can help you at our clinic in Ballard.
- Allergies & Asthma
- Headaches & Migraines
- Low Back Pain & Sciatica
- Neck & Shoulder Pain
- Chronic Joint Pain
- Fertility Support
- PMS & Menopause
- Stress Management
- Digestive Disorders
- & more
Call (206) 297-6013 for a free 15 minute consult if you want to know if Acupuncture is right for you.
Acupuncture is an excellent adjunct to any therapy. Used in conjunction with Physical Therapy or Occupational Therapy, it can help manage pain, tension and soreness that comes with the rehabilitation process. When used with massage therapy, acupuncture helps to promote relaxation and circulation to prime the person and the muscles so that you get more out of your massage experience. In conjunction with spinal manipulations or chiropractic care, acupuncture decreases the muscle tightness that is pulling you out of alignment in the first place, thereby facilitating both the ease of adjustment and the duration that the adjustment will last. Our office in Ballard offers an integrative approach to provide the best mix of care with your Rebel Med NW providers.
Did you know that Personal Injury Protection plans cover acupuncture? Acupuncture is a great tool to use after physical traumas such as a Motor Vehicular Accidents. Often times, after our body suffer these shocking incidences, it continues to stay in a state of shock as a protective mechanism. Acupuncture can help calm down the state of the nervous system on top of facilitating the healing process of the muscles and the body and resolving the pain that results from the injury.
Yes and no, it depends on your plan. Most insurances have different tiered plans that provide benefits for different services. However, most plans today do have some kind of acupuncture coverage. Please give our your insurance company a call or check your policy to see what kind of coverage you have. We can also verify your insurance coverage once you schedule a visit as a new patient whether you would be in-network or out of network with one of the Rebel Med Northwest providers.
Secondarily, not all acupuncturists are in-network with all insurance companies but plans often offer acceptable out-of-network benefits. It is important to verify if your acupuncturist is in-network with your company and if not, what the out-of-network coverage would be. We can provide a superbill or invoice of services that you can submit for your out of network benefits or health savings account.
Non-Covered Services: We make every attempt to have your acupuncture services covered, in addition to acupuncture our providers use either a manual therapy, infrared heat lamp, or laser as a part of the treatment, which may have mixed coverage. We do require patients sign a non-covered service waiver form in case your insurance plan does not cover this service.
Insurance Coverage for Acupuncture: Regence Blue Cross / Blue Shield, Premera Blue Cross, Aetna, United Healthcare, Coordinated Care / Ambetter.
Medicaid / WA Apple Health Plans: Non-covered Service. Sliding scale available in office, Please contact office, 206-297-6013.
Currently, acupuncture is not covered by Medicare or Medicaid. However, some supplemental insurance plans do have some acupuncture coverage. Please check with your supplemental insurance company to verify. Our Acupuncture providers to provide a sliding scale rate for medicaid or low income clients, please contact our office for more details.
Rebel Med Northwest acupuncture providers are located on the 2nd floor of the 5401 Leary Ave NW building. Our entrance is located across the street from the Olympic Athletic Club in old Ballard in Seattle Washington.
Rebel Med Northwest
5401 Leary Ave NW
Seattle, WA 98107
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- Focused interview and consultation
- Acupuncture treatment
- Application of TDP lamp
- If necessary, application of Tui Na, Cupping, or constitutional pattern assessment for Chinese herbs.
- As needed Dietary, Lifestyle, and Functional exercise advice.