Reno acupuncture clinic

Frequently Asked Questions About Reno Acupuncture

Q. Does Reno acupuncture hurt?

A. Acupuncture needles are very different from thick, hollow hypodermic needles. These needles are slightly thicker than a human hair and their insertion is barely perceptible. Patients who visit our Reno acupuncture clinic are usually pleasantly surprised that the procedure is practically pain-free and even relaxing—many or our patients even fall asleep during their treatments.

Q. What happens during my first Reno acupuncture visit?

A. Your first visit will not consist solely of consultations. We want to get to work on your problems as soon as possible. Dr. McKenney will assess your health with traditional eastern medicine examinations of your pulse and tongue, and go over your health history in depth to determine what acupuncture points your condition requires. From here we will also be able to tell how many sessions will be needed at our Reno acupuncture clinic.

To speed up the process further, patients can arrive with their health history forms completed and ready for assessment. Also, patients can find the first visit forms on this website and have them completed prior to their appointment.

Q. How long will my Reno acupuncture appointment last?

A. The first visit, with full consultation and treatment, is approximately 1.5 hours. Follow-up visits usually last about 45 minutes to 1 hour. We understand that when you are receiving acupuncture, you want your appointment to be effective and time efficient.

Q. How long will I need treatments?

A. Some complex or long-standing conditions may require one or two treatments per week for several weeks or months, while other conditions can be treated with relatively few treatments. As a licensed acupuncturist in Reno, Dr. McKenney designs personalized treatment plans for every patient.

Q. Do I need to do anything special to prepare for my acupuncture treatment?

A. You should wear comfortable clothes and eat a light snack about an hour or two beforehand. You also should refrain from rigorous exercise for at least two hours before and after each acupuncture treatment. This will ensure that your experience at our Reno acupuncture clinic will be comfortable and healing.

Q. What is Herbology and does anyone practice herbology in Reno?

A. Herbology is the practice of using herbs to treat medical problems. As a licensed herbologist, Dr. McKenney frequently supplements her acupuncture practice with herbal medicine. The two work hand-in-hand to overcome issues much more quickly and effectively. Dr. McKenney is one the most knowledgeable practitioners of herbal medicine in Reno.

Q. What is Moxibustion and does anyone practice Moxibustion in Reno?

A. One of the most important and overlooked aspects of acupuncture is Moxibustion. It is the process of burning an herb called Moxawort at acupuncture points. Moxawort has been used for centuries in eastern medicine and is an integral part of the practice. Even though we are in Reno, eastern medicine is practiced according to tradition at our Path to Wellness office.

Q. Do I have to believe in acupuncture for it to work?

A. Not at all. Acupuncture has been scientifically proven to relax the nervous system and allow your body to release its own endorphins. So even if you do not believe, this practice is not only in your head. There are physiological changes occurring in your body. For more information about alternative medicine in Reno, Path to Wellness is here to answer your questions. We also post a weekly blog about the latest acupuncture research findings.

Q. Is acupuncture only effective in treating pain?

A. Even the World Health Organization confirms that acupuncture is effective in treating a variety of conditions. In our Reno acupuncture clinic we have a list several pages long of problems we have effectively treated with acupuncture.
By strategically placing acupuncture needles, Dr. McKenney is able to stimulate key energy points that regulate physical, mental and emotional balance. By facilitating balance, she aims to address, alter and correct the health condition you are experiencing.

Q. Does insurance cover acupuncture at all? Are there acupuncture clinics in Reno that accept insurance?

A. In fact, in many cases insurance does cover acupuncture. As a licensed acupuncturist in Reno, the Path to Wellness office accepts most insurance plans. In the best-case scenarios, you will only be responsible for your co pay, just as you are with other specialists.