Tips For Choosing a Boston Acupuncturist
Choosing a good Boston acupuncturist requires a little more research than deciding where to eat or get your hair cut. After all, acupuncture is usually not a “one and done” service; depending upon your health condition and symptoms it may require multiple sessions to treat your ailment. Your acupuncturist is someone you’ll develop a professional relationship with, and you need a qualified practitioner you can trust. Reading online reviews and asking people you know for acupuncturist recommendations are two good first steps in choosing a Boston-based acupuncturist, but there are some other tips that you should keep in mind.
Is The Acupuncturist Qualified
It goes without saying that in order to practice acupuncture in the state of Massachusetts, one has to be licensed. Your acupuncturist will be willing to show you their license and license number on record. But you may also want to keep a practitioner’s training and education in mind when choosing an acupuncturist. Most hold a master’s degree in Chinese medicine and many have trained both in the states and in Asia with plenty of hands-on experience as part of their education.
Boston acupuncturists aren’t required to carry malpractice insurance, because the occurrence of injuries by acupuncturists is extremely low. Yet, it may be a qualification that is important to you.
Their Office Is Clean
It seems like common sense, but just like a doctor’s office, an acupuncture clinic and treatment room should be spotless and devoid of any blood or bodily fluids. In the U.S., acupuncture needles arrive sterilized and are designed for one use only before being disposed of properly, so you want to make sure your acupuncturist abides by this important rule. Needles, cotton balls, rubbing alcohol, and other materials should be stored neatly in the treatment room. A good acupuncturist will ensure your comfort with these basics.
They Listen To You
In most cases an acupuncturist is someone you’ll be visiting for regular treatments, so you definitely want to choose one that you have a great rapport with. This means they take the time to listen to your concerns, answer any questions you have, and are willing to offer advice even before treatment begins. A good acupuncturist is honest as well; they may call you out in a respectful manner on any unhealthy habits you have if they think it can interfere with treatment. With that in mind…
They Treat the Whole Person
A good acupuncturist doesn’t just treat your symptoms; they will take your entire health into account before starting treatment. They will want to know your sleeping and eating patterns, if you exercise, and if you smoke and/or drink among other habits. The reason for this is so that they can gauge how your body will respond to treatment and so they can offer advice to help make you an overall healthier individual for the rest of your life.
Cost and Insurance
Some acupuncturists accept health insurance, but keep in mind that not all forms of treatment are covered. However, most acupuncturists can set up a payment plan. Check with your insurance company first to find out what’s covered, and ask your practitioner how many sessions they feel will be required to treat you before making a commitment.
Gracey Holistic Health
Boston, MA 02199