FAQs & Blog
What is Acupuncture?
Acupuncture is one of the oldest forms of medicine used in the world today, dating back over 2,000 years (some even speculate over 4,000 years). It is a gentle, low risk practice that applies hair-thin needles to specific points in the body, stimulating the body’s own healing ability.
What is Dry Needling?
Dry Needling is an advanced needling skill or technique limited to the treatment of myofascial pain, using a single use, single insertion, sterile filiform needle (without the use of heat, cold, or any other added modality or medication), that is inserted into the skin or underlying tissues to stimulate trigger points. Dry needling does not include the stimulation of auricular points, utilization of distal points or non-local points, needle retention, application of retained electric stimulation leads, or the teaching or application of other acupuncture theory.
How many sessions will I need?
The number of sessions needed varies based on the individual. Many clients experience relief during their first session, and return at regular intervals for “maintenance” sessions. For some, sustained relief comes with frequent visits in the beginning, then stretching out the time between sessions once stability is achieved. Following a personal and confidential consultation, your acupuncturist will create a customized plan to assist in achieving your personal healthcare goals.
What does it treat?
Acupuncture is effective as a wellness and preventive medicine, and for both acute and chronic conditions. Individuals seek out acupuncture and Oriental medicine for many reasons. Current research shows evidence of acupuncture decreasing pain, reducing inflammation, calming nerves, aiding digestion, improving sleep, preventing nausea, strengthening the immune system and much more.
Does it hurt?
Acupuncture is effective as a wellness and preventive medicine, and for both acute and chronic conditions. Individuals seek out acupuncture and Oriental medicine for many reasons. Current research shows evidence of acupuncture decreasing pain, reducing inflammation, calming nerves, aiding digestion, improving sleep, preventing nausea, strengthening the immune system and much more..
Why Affinity Acupuncture?
It’s important to develop a good relationship with your acupuncturist. We pride ourselves in the personalized care we provide. William blends knowledge from Eastern and Western medicine, using elements from both to give you the best treatment possible. Also, Affinity Acupuncture offers more than acupuncture treatments. Some practitioners charge extra for cupping, Tui-Na, E-Stem, Gua-Sha, TDP Infrared Heat Therapy, and Nutritional Counseling, which we include in the cost of private acupuncture sessions.
Do you accept medical insurance?
We accept Blue Cross Blue Shield, United Healthcare, Cigna, and Optum. Individual plans vary, so it is best to discuss your insurance coverage before your appointment.
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“Been dealing with a bad back (all lumbar disks compressed) for nearly a month and after one visit my back is nearly pain free… a huge improvement from before the treatment. William was quick, professional, and kind. I’m looking forward to getting my neck and other problem areas resolved as well!”
– Mitch D
“I went in after I tore/strained a muscle in my shoulder and after only two visits I feel amazing! I went from being in excruciating pain and not being able to move at all to virtually pain free and using normal range of motion in only three days… The cupping treatment works wonders!”
– Sharon T
“I am a 36 year-old veteran that has spinal issues and coming here has always been rewarding. William is very professional, knowledgeable, and thorough with what he does! I’ve had spikes in pain that he treated and relieved almost instantly. I would highly recommend giving him a try!”
– Thomas K
“William is awesome! For the first time in 13 months, I have no hip discomfort from an old injury. He is a great guy, quite personable, and was all about making me feel better.”
– Andrea M
“Great people. William and Cassie are like friends. They are very accommodating. They have a really nice atmosphere and waiting rooms and they have done more for my back pain in the last 6 months than pain clinics have done in the last 3 years. ”
– Joe C
“William helped me through a very difficult time from pain due to a herniated disk in my neck. I was very skeptical at first but am so very glad that I tried and that he was my acupuncturist. His professionalism matches his compassion wholeheartedly. If you haven’t given acupuncture a try I highly recommend William Alexander at Affinity Acupuncture. Thank you for everything you do.”
– Jason W
“William strives for perfection and continues to learn the latest and greatest techniques in the field. William is very professional and personable, I will be a client for life. ”
– Michael B
“I have been a client at Affinity for almost two years and offer my highest recommendation. William is the best and has helped me with everything I have thrown at him. He listens to his clients and provides the best and most effective treatment options available to address their needs. Each time he introduces me to a new experience, I learn to respect him more. Acupuncture can be scary to a novice, but it is truly amazing medicine and has changed my life.” – Dena F
“As a Vet, it is hard to find relief for back pain and numbness in leg. Here I feel like attention is accurately focused on the location of YOUR pain. Furthermore, my face was slowly recovering after nearly 2 years due to Bell’s [Palsy], their method is pin point (no pun intended) to stimulate weakness. Well rounded service, thank you.”