Patient Frequently Asked Questions

What is Acupuncture?

Acupuncture is an ancient treatment method that has been used for over 3,000 years to improve health and help fight disease. It involves the insertion of tiny, sterile and disposable needles into specific points of the body to activate the body’s natural healing energy, called qi (pronounced “chee”). The smooth flow of energy throughout the body helps maintain proper functioning of all the body’s systems: including the digestive, respiratory, endocrine, immune, reproductive, musculoskeletal and nervous systems. Acupuncture is a safe and effective way to treat both chronic and acute disorders, as well as a powerful means for preventing disease before it begins.

Does Acupuncture hurt?

Although most people experience sensation during an acupuncture treatment, this sensation is very rarely painful. Sometime you may feel pressure, tingling, or a dull ache near the acupoint, but these sensations are usually mild and quite comfortable. Most people report a greater sense of relaxation and rejuvenation during and after an acupuncture session.

Is Acupuncture safe?

Acupuncture is extremely safe. It is an all-natural, drug-free therapy, that yields no side effects except feelings of relaxation. Because only sterile and disposable needles are used, there is very little risk of infection.

What should I expect during my first session?

You should expect to spend 1.5 to 2 hours at the office during your first session. You will need to fill out paperwork regarding your present medical condition as well as past medical history. Megan Joyce will discuss different aspects of physical and emotional health, will do diet and lifestyle consulting, as well as perform any necessary physical exams. After a thorough health evaluation is completed, you will receive an acupuncture session that lasts about 25- 30 minutes.

How many sessions will I need?

The number of treatments will vary from person to person. Once the initial evaluation has been completed, Megan Joyce will be able to make a recommendation for number of sessions necessary for you to reach your specific healthcare goals. Some people will experience immediate relief from one session, whereas others will require up to three sessions to see a significant improvement. Acupuncture is synergistic, meaning that the treatments will build on one another to produce greater results over time.

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PATIENT TESTIMONIALS

  • "I have been getting acupuncture for many years now and have found that it is very much an art form. Megan beautifully combines very powerful, effective treatments with a warm and caring approach that is such a rare combination in health care. She has significantly helped me with my digestive disorder and various aches and illnesses, allowing me to lead a much fuller and more active life. She has the gift of a true healer, paying attention to what each individual patient needs and having the knowledge and skill to provide it."- Daniel B.
  • "I started going to Megan for acupuncture a few months ago because I've had chronic knee pain going back several years. I'm not an expert on the ins and outs of acupuncture but the simple result is that the pain's largely subsided since I started treatment...I think the point of going to a specialist like Megan is, you want to feel like you're constantly moving in a good direction. I feel that way, and trust her, and feel very comfortable referring her to others."- Heath B.
  • "Megan Joyce is a great acupunturist! Not only is she professional, knowledgeable and dedicated to her field, she is very caring and authentic... Megan takes her time, asks thought-provoking questions and offers pertinent and appropriate advice. I had reservations of this therapy and was somewhat skeptical. But I'm feeling better and better. I highly recommend her."- Diane W.M
  • "I highly recommend Megan Joyce Acupuncture. I am new to acupuncture and started treatments for a handful of general health issues. Megan is extremely professional, detailed and passionate about the practice. She does not rush through your consultation. She listens and remembers too! I have been amazed by the improvements and effectiveness of acupuncture and herbs. I look forward to my sessions and I always leave feeling relaxed and with a great sense of well being!"- Diane C.
  • "Megan is simply the best and you should go out of your way to see her. She digs very deep into what your issues are before treating you because she genuinely cares about what you are trying to accomplish with your sessions. I have never felt rushed in any of our sessions because she always takes her time in explaining what she's doing.She is extremely professional and makes sure you are comfortable before whipping out the needles and getting the poke party started. I always look forward to my next visit!"- Henry P.
  • "I began seeing Megan two weeks into my first pregnancy until the birth of my daughter (and beyond). I've been treated by a number of acupuncturists over the last fourteen years and can honestly say that Megan has been one of the best. She is professional and thorough ... her warmth and genuine care for my health and well-being were unsurpassed. Megan helped ease any muscle pains and aches I had ... and I'm convinced that it was largely due to her treatments that my pregnancy and birth were as easy as they were. I cannot recommend her services enough to anyone who is interested in finding practitioner who is truly dedicated to this healing art..."- Jackie P.
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