Frequently Asked Questions
How does acupuncture work? Simply put, acupuncture changes blood flow, nerve conduction and hormone balance in the body. Acupuncture needles may stimulate a nerve or muscle directly or have a systemic response. The systemic response will affect the immune system and interfere with the body's pain response, essentially blocking it. If you'd like more in-depth information, just let me know! And if you are a true alternative medicine/chinese medicine geek, we can talk those theories, too.
I use a variety of techniques including acupuncture, electro-acupuncture and PENS, chinese scalp acupuncture, ear acupuncture, gua sha, and cupping. I combine my knowledge of anatomy and physiologic function with Chinese medicine to provide a unique acupuncture experience. Each treatment is tailored to what you need at that time. No two treatment courses are the same because no two people are the same.
Will it help my (blank)? Probably. Most of my patients are seeking treatment for pain, sports injury, stress, or anxiety. However, the World Health Organization has compiled a list of conditions and symptoms improved with acupuncture which is quite extensive. If I don't feel I can help you, I will direct you to someone that I think can.
Most acute conditions can be treated in 1-4 treatments. Chronic conditions may take longer or only partially improve. A rule of thumb is that the longer a person has suffered from symptoms, the longer it will take their body to reverse the pattern. Acupuncture effects are cumulative and additional treatments will help to continue the healing process. We will gain a better understanding of how many treatments will be necessary after the first few visits. Some people will benefit from maintenance treatments on a monthly, quarterly, or annual basis.
Do you treat kids? What about pregnant ladies? I currently treat adolescents (think high school age) and non-pregnant adults. If you want to discuss a special case with me, just email!
What should I expect at my visit? At the initial visit, the first 20-30 minutes will consist of us chatting about your symptoms and any relevant exam that is needed. The treatment itself may include any combination of acupuncture, cupping, gua sha, and counseling regarding lifestyle-dietary or sleep habits or exercise and stretching plans. Follow up visits typically last about an hour or less. Afterward, plan to take it easy the rest of the day with no vigorous exercise, alcohol or spicy food consumption. If you plan to exercise that day, please do it before your appointment. Most people find the treatment itself to be relaxing and report restful sleep that night.
Wear loose comfortable clothing if possible. If we are treating a lower extremity problem like knee pain, bring a pair of shorts. If we are treating something like your shoulder, a tank top will work just fine. I also have gowns you can change into if needed.
What does it cost? Does insurance pay for it? Initial visit (90 mins) $155, Follow up visit (60 mins) $95. 10 visit bundle (follow up visit) $800. Dr. Moore offers free 15 minute consultations.
Payment is due at the time of service. Payment is accepted as check, credit card, Flex Savings Account (FSA), and Health Savings Account (HSA).
Some insurance companies will pay for acupuncture services. If yours does, I will provide an itemized bill for you to submit to your insurance company. At this time, I am not billing insurance directly.
What is the difference in a medical acupuncturist and a licensed acupuncturist (LAc)? Licensed acupuncturists attend school 3-4 years for acupuncture and are usually practitioners of traditional Chinese medicine, prescribing herbs, etc. Medical acupuncturists are physicians licensed to practice acupuncture. It is important to understand that a physician must complete more than an "acupuncture weekend course" to become certified. I completed 4 years of college, 4 years of medical school, and 3 years of internal medicine training, before then taking an accredited acupuncture course to specialize in medical acupuncture. To become board certified as a physician acupuncturist in the US, a doctor must complete a minimum of 300 hours of instruction, complete 2 years of post-course practice, and then pass a board certification exam.
I practice a style of acupuncture based on French Energetics and a lot of what I do is based on current biomechanical theory. Because my medical knowledge is based on traditional Western medicine, I can discuss the utility of alternative and complementary medicines along with conventional medicine if you have specific questions.
Can Dr. Moore be my primary care physician? No. I'm currently not practicing internal medicine. You will need to continue seeing your current doctor and consider me a specialist. I will communicate with your medical team and can refer to others as needed.
I see you are certified for plant based nutrition. What is that all about? I strongly believe that the standard American diet has contributed negatively to our health as a society. Whether you just want to discuss ways to eat healthier and read food labels, want to transition to a whole food plant based diet, or want to embark in a plan such as the Esselstyn Diet to reverse heart disease, I want to help. Follow me on social media, join my closed Facebook group, or subscribe to my newsletter for more info.