Common Questions

Does It Hurt


Most patients notice a tiny amount of pressure when a needle is inserted.  It may feel like a pin prick or a little zip of energy.  The sensation typically dissipates quickly and many patients forget the needles are inserted. Some patients even fall asleep during the session.  Occasionally, a needle might be inserted into the "sweet spot" and clients might notice an intense burst of energy releasing -- this is good!

I'm Afraid of Needles - Can I Receive Acupuncture

Acupuncture needles are significantly smaller then the smallest needle your doctor might administer a shot or vaccine with therefore even the most needle-phobic patients have very little trouble with acupuncture needles.  The needles are small, light and inserted with a small plastic guide tube into the very surface level of the skin.  Most clients simply lie down, close their eyes, and relax while the treatment is occurring. 

Is it Safe

Yes, very safe!  Each needle is single use, sterile and made from hypoallergenic, stainless steel.  Acupuncture is a favorite treatment of patients with allergies to traditional medicines and treatment protocols, often citing "they feel so relaxed knowing their body will not have an inflammatory or allergic reaction to this subtle, yet powerful treatment."

What is Cupping

Cupping is another Traditional Chinese Medicine method that rids rids the body of toxins and helps it heal.  A match is lit and placed inside of a small glass cup (bulb) and then removed before being placed against the skin.  As the air in the cup is heated, it burns the oxygen, causing a vacuum that helps the cup stick to the back.  The suctioned cup is used to gently massage the area and release muscle tension and toxins.  Cupping may leave a small bruise, which will dissipate within a few days.  

What is Gua Sha


Gua Sha is another tool of Traditional Chinese Medicine that utilized a smooth implement such as jade, animal tusks or horns, or smooth stone to abade (rub or scrape) skin that has been lightly massaged with oil to draw out toxins and release tension.  Gua Sha will create red spots and then light bruising at the skin's surface level indicating the treatment has effectively released the toxins.  The red spots and bruising will heal in 3 to 7 days.  Gua Sha is especially effective for treating deep neck and shoulder tension and for drawing out upper respiratory stagnation and illness.  

How Many Sessions Will I Require

Every patient and situation are unique.  For some, one treatment may provide significant and lasting relief, and for other patients, a series of appointments will help to fully address their medical concern, illness or injury.

At What Age is Acupuncture or Acupressure An Appropriate Treatment

Traditional Chinese Medicine has been used for centuries to treat patients ranging from infants to the elderly and dying, providing comfort and pain relief.  With infants and toddlers, a typical treatment might involve light acupressure to relieve constipation or address chronic ear infections.  Acupuncture and acupressure can be used with elderly patients to address digestive issues, provide relief to arthritis and chronic pain.  Each session is tailored to the patient.

Can Acupuncture Help Fight The Signs of Aging

While Traditional Chinese Medicine may not be a fountain of youth, acupuncture and cupping can be a natural and effective way to help to reduce the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, redness and inflammation in the skin.  So if you're looking for a healthy,  non-chemical and non-surgical approach to holding off or reversing Father Time, a few sessions with Hope might be just the golden ticket.  Additionally, cupping and acupuncture can be used to effectively minimize and eliminate scarring, wrinkles and cellulite pockets.