What to Expect

[ Before, During and After Your Visit ]

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::  preparing for treatment  ::

FORMS: Please download the following forms: Informed Consent.doc and Health History.doc and complete them before the first visit. The forms can be filled out and emailed back to miranda@myomnihealth.com

SPACE: The beauty of house calls is that you can receive acupunture in the comfort of you own home. I have a massage table that I can bring with me if needed. However, most of my clients choose to be treated on a couch or bed instead.

WHAT TO WEAR: Dress comfortably. I recommend wearing loose-fitting clothing that can be rolled up above the knees and elbows to allow access to acupuncture points.

 

::  during your visit  ::

WHAT TO EXPECT?: The initial acupuncture visit lasts 1.5 hours and follow up visits are approximately one hour. We will begin the session with an intake that will help me get a holistic picture and better customize your treatment. Then we will begin the acupuncture treatment during which the needles are gently inserted and you can rest for 20-30 minutes.

Depending on your individual needs, the first set of needles may be followed up with another treatment on the other side of the body, acupressure, massage, cupping, gua sha, or moxa. Many acupuncture treatments often include a combination of a few modalities.

 

::  after your visit  ::

TREATMENT PLAN: Most conditions require a series of treatments to fully address the issue. Because each person and condition is different, treatment plans and recommendations vary. In most cases, people begin with weekly treatments and taper down to treatment every other week or as needed.

Acupuncture is a very effective method of preventive health. Most clients work with me to maintain health on a regular basis instead of waiting to seek treatment after an issue arises. Scheduling standing appointments allows us to incorporate health into your regular routine.

SELF-MAINTENANCE: Clients are often provided with additional exercises and tips to continue between appointments. I have found that continued self-maintenance between appointments facilitates greater and longer-lasting results.

CONTACT MIRANDA

 

Billing & Forms

[ Rates and Insurance Information ]

 

SERVICES

Initial House Call Visit (1.5 Hours): $225
Follow-up Visit (1 hour): $170
(fees may vary depending on distance)

 

INSURANCE

A Superbill is provided with all the necessary information that can be submitted for insurance reimbursements.

 

FORMS

Please download the following forms and complete them before the first visit. The forms can be filled out and emailed back to miranda@myomnihealth.com

Informed Consent.doc

Health History.doc

lg_quoteMiranda is such an incredible listener and the best part is – she is intuitive to your symptoms and health issues. Think, psychic but along the lines of what may be bothering you or anticipating something that could happen like a cold based on a few questions or her skilled training. I highly recommend acupuncture to anyone who is willing to give it a try. I simply can’t live without it now!

– Lisa L.
San Francisco, CA

 

 

FAQs

[ Frequently Asked Questions ]

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Q: What is acupuncture?
A: Acupuncture is just one modality of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), all of which … (read more)

have minimal side effects. This holistic medicine dates back more than 2,000 years and also includes massage (Tui Na), cupping, moxabustion, Chinese herbs, and other healing modalities. Traditional Chinese Medicine is still a major form of healthcare used in modern day China, as well as in many other countries around the world.

Q: How does acupuncture work?
A: There is both an eastern and western explanation for how acupuncture works … (read more)

According to western medicine, there are many theories specifically explaining how acupuncture works in the body. Despite the various theories, research has found that acupuncture elevates endorphin and other opiod levels, the feel good hormones, increases blood circulation and decreases inflammation, & increase in white blood cell count. In the Eastern sense, acupuncture is thought to balance yin and yang and smooth the circulation of blood and energy throughout the body. There are pathways of energy throughout the body called meridians and specific acupuncture points are selected along the meridians to balance the body. The concept behind the medicine is that if the body is out of balance or things are stuck then it can cause many health concerns including pain.

Q: How are you accredited/licensed?
A: Practitioners of acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine in the U.S. are licensed … (read more)

and governed through the respective acupuncture board of the state in which they practice. The California Acupuncture Board requires that one must graduate from a state-approved program of at least 3,000 hours, in addition to passing the state board’s examination.

Q: Can acupuncture help my chronic pain?
A: Yes, acupuncture is an effective treatment for chronic pain. It is a time proven medicine … (read more)

that dates back over 2000 years. Over the centuries, acupuncture has been used to treat pain as well as many other conditions. According to the National Institute of Health, pain related complaints account for 7 of the top 10 conditions in which people seek acupuncture. The most common complaint is back pain followed by joint pain, neck pain, migraine, and recurring pain. In 2000, researcher reviewed 51 research studies on acupuncture and chronic pain and concluded that acupuncture is in fact an effective treatment for chronic pain.

Q: What does acupuncture feel like?
A: People are often surprised by how pleasant and relaxing an acupuncture treatment is … (read more)

Acupuncture needles are incredibly thin. As a matter of fact, nearly 40 of the thinnest acupuncture needles can fit into the hallow of a 18 gauge hypodermic needle. Because the needles are so thin often people don’t feel the needle go in or if anything feel a small pinching sensation. Once the needles are in, a variety of sensations can be felt ranging from tingling, achy, warm or even a heavy sensation. Throughout the session there is constant dialog and needles can be adjusted to control the needle sensation. The majority of people who receive acupuncture often fall asleep during their treatment.

Q: How long does it take for acupuncture to help my pain?
A: There are many factors that determine how long it takes for acupuncture to benefit pain … (read more)

Those factors include, how long the pain has been going on, how severe the pain is and how response the individual is to acupuncture. Usually the more severe and chronic the pain the longer it takes to resolve. I usually recommend my patients to start with a 4-6 series treatment and from there we can reevaluate. However, most people notice a difference after the first treatment. Acupuncture is a process that builds on itself. What I mean by that is that if a patient comes to see me with severe shoulder pain that is at a pain level from 1 to 10 at a 8. Often after the first treatment the pain drops down to a 5 or 6. However the pain may begin to return over the next week. The goal would be to get in for another acupuncture treatment before the pain returns to an 8 perhaps at a 7. Then with each consecutive treatment the pain will continue to diminish and the effects of acupuncture last longer and longer until there is no more pain. With chronic conditions this process can take longer because the condition is often more complicated and the bodies system needs time to be rebalanced.

Q: Is acupuncture safe?
A: Yes, acupuncture is safe. Acupuncturists are required to use single use, sterile, stainless … (read more)

steel needles. As a matter of fact, studied have been conducted to answer the question of acupuncture safety. One study found that the risk of a major complication occurring to have an incidence between 1:10,000 and 1:100,000, which is considered “very low.” Another study found that the risk of a serious adverse event occurring from acupuncture therapy is the same as taking penicillin, which is thought to be one of the safest medications out there (as long as you aren’t allergic to it). The National Institutes of Health Consensus Statement states, “One of the advantages of acupuncture is that the incidence of adverse effects is substantially lower than that of many drugs or other accepted procedures for the same conditions.” So not only is acupuncture effective but also it is a safe treatment with minimal side effects.

Q: Is there a certain age range that acupuncture is appropriate for?
A: People of all ages experience pain. Even some children have chronic pain. I have treated … (read more)

infants a few months old and my oldest patient is 101 years old. Most children respond well to acupuncture needles however there are many different treatments that we use that don’t even penetrate the child’s skin if they are squeamish about needles. As a matter of fact children respond very quickly to acupuncture treatments. On the other end of the spectrum, seniors often find that acupuncture is the only treatment that can provide relief to some aches and pains that they have been treating with medication for years. Often, people with chronic pain have adapted to their pain medications and they aren’t quite as effective as they once used to be. Those people, who can often be seniors seek acupuncture as a last resort and are pleased to find an effective treatment that their body doesn’t adapt to.

Q: Can my emotions be related to my pain?
A: Yes, it is quite possible that your emotions can be related to your pain. As I’ve already … (read more)

mentioned stress and anxiety can feed into neck pain and tension. However, according to Traditional Chinese Medicine there are twelve organ system systems and each organ correlates with an emotion. Therefore, an excess of one emotion can indicate an imbalance in a specific emotion. Because acupuncture is a component of a holistic medicine it is believed that the emotions and the physical body affect one another.

Q: Can acupuncture help my chronic headaches & migraines?
A: Yes, acupuncture is quite effective in treating headaches and migraines. A patient of mine … (read more)

had migraines nearly every day when he first came to see me. His migraines were so severe that he had to lay in bed in a dark room unable to do much of anything. And on days that he did not have migraines he would have a headache. With regular acupuncture treatments, he now only experiences around one migraine a month and a few headaches. He continues to take medication as needed to manage his migraines however, since he has fewer migraines and headaches he needs them less frequently.

Q: Can acupuncture be used along with other treatments?
A: Absolutely, acupuncturists are part of a person’s health team. Many physical therapists, … (read more)

surgeons, orthopedist, naturopaths, nutritionist, chiropractors, and massage therapist refer out and work together with acupuncturist to help manage an individual’s chronic pain. Sometimes the addition of acupuncture to the treatment plan can help individuals push past plateaus in their recovery. All of these treatment modalities build on each other and help facilitate more rapid recovery.