Treatments

ACUPUNCTURE
 

Most styles of acupuncture involve the insertion of very fine needles into specific acupuncture points located around the body or on the ear. There are many different lengths and gauges of needles used. They are all sterilized, disposable, one-time-use needles. These are standard procedures designed to maximize the cleanliness and hygiene of the acupuncture treatment.

 

The insertion of acupuncture needles can range from being completely painless to eliciting some momentary sharp sensations, which usually disappear as soon as the needle has penetrated the skin. Subsequent needle stimulation by the practitioner can elicit a range of sensations from a dull ache to tingling sensations around the needle.  Since acupuncture points lie on meridians, it is not unusual for the patient to feel the propagation of sensations to other parts of the body.

 

It is most common for the patient, once the needles have been inserted, to feel deeply relaxed. Should any feelings of discomfort develop or persist, alert your practitioner. They may be able to lessen the discomfort. Occasionally, the removal of an acupuncture needle can produce a hematoma or bruise under the skin. These are temporary and usually disappear within a few days.

Adjunctive Treatments

 

Cupping

Cupping techniques involve the application of suction to areas of the body to relieve what is referred to in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) as stagnation. This promotes the circulation of Qi in the area treated. Glass or plastic cups are applied to the designated area and suction is created within the cups.

 

If the cups are not moved, this is referred to as stationary cupping. If a lubricant is applied to the body and the cup is slowly moved over an area, this is referred to as the moving cup method. Cupping techniques may produce a red or purple color on the body area treated. This may remain for 1-5 days following treatment.  

 

Testimonials

How Acupuncture Can Help:

 

"I like having a practitioner who can understand all aspects of my health.  I wanted someone who would take the time to listen to me and treat me as a person and not a "symptom" or "case."  I also wanted someone who would address my problems in a natural way without having to resort to medication.  Laurie has been able to do all of that and in an understanding, compassionate way that makes me feel comfortable and not judged.  I am learning to take responsibility for my health and well-being and getting better each day.  The recommendations that Laurie gives to me are helping me to do that." 

 

Female, 45, Worcester, MA

Gua Sha

Gua Sha involves scraping the skin (to which a lubricant such as massage oil has been applied) using the edge of a porcelain spoon in a repeated fashion. This procedure is used to remove what in TCM is referred to as stagnation. It is usaully used in areas of muscle tightness or pain.  It may produce redness, dark red or even purple area on the skin that can remain for 1-5 days following the treatment. A slight bruising and tenderness may persist after the treatment.

Electrical Stimulation

Electrical stimulation of inserted acupuncture needles may be used. This typically produces a vibrating or tapping sensation on the needles, which is slightly felt by the patient. The attending practitioner typically increases the current gradually until the patient first feels a sensation. At this point, the current is held steady for a period of time.  It can be used for muscle pain, tightness, paralysis, numbness and tinglilng.  It helps to move Qi and Blood and eliminate stagnation.

 

 

How Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Can Help:

 

"I have battled depression and anxiety almost all of my adult life and I have worked with several therapists. Laurie is the first therapist with whom I really feel I improved to where I didn't need therapy anymore. In a pretty short time, Laurie was able to help me see things from a different perspective in a very meaningful way. I was very much at ease from our very first visit. She is a great listener who really made an effort to understand how things were going within the context of MY life. However, I particularly like how Laurie’s form of therapy is more conversational. Her advice and guidance have been invaluable to me."

 

Male, 53, Shrewsbury, MA

Acupuncture Services

Initial Consultation includes the following:

  •     Health History Review

  •     Tongue Evaluation

  •     Pulse Diagnostics

  •     Acupuncture treatment

  •     Nutional and/or Supplement Recommendations as appropriate

  •     Adjunctive techniques as needed (i.e. heat lamp, cupping, gua           sha, press balls etc).

 

 

Follow-Up Consultations includes the following:

  •     Tongue Evaluation

  •     Pulse Diagnostics

  •     Acupuncture treatment

  •     Nutional and/or Supplement Recommendations as appropriate

  •     Adjunctive techniques as needed (i.e. heat lamp, cupping, gua           sha, press balls etc).

 

Services are payable in full by cash/check ONLY on the day of your visit.   Some health insurances will be accepted for acupuncture.  Insurance reimbursement is dependent upon your individual plan and corresponding co-pay or percentage that is your responsibility.  Rates of reimbursement will vary depending upon your policy and insurance plan.  You have to call member services to find out if you have acupuncture benefits under your plan.  Benefits aren't always listed on the web site of  your insurance plan.  Insurance companies require that each service provided during an acupuncture treatment be separated out by time and billed separately.  

 

In networks plans accepted at this time for acupuncture are:  Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Cigna, Harvard Pilgrim, and United Health Care.

 

Check with your health insurer to determine if acupuncture is a covered benefit under your plan and if you must meet your deductible in order to utilize your acupuncture benefits.  If it is not a covered benefit or if your insurance company denies a claim, you are responsible for the full fees for the service.  Receipts to submit for insurance or flex plan reimbursement can be made available upon request. 

 

APPOINTMENTS THAT ARE NOT KEPT OR NOT CANCELED AT LEAST 24 HOURS IN ADVANCE ARE SUBJECT TO A "NO SHOW" FEE WHICH IS THE COST OF THE APPOINTMENT.  "NO SHOWS" ARE NOT COVERED BY INSURANCE.

 

 
 
PSYCHOTHERAPY
 

Psychotherapy is a general term for treating mental health problems by talking with a mental health provider such as a psychologist, psychiatrist or licensed counselor or therapist.  During psychotherapy, you learn about your condition and your moods, feelings, thoughts and behaviors. Psychotherapy helps you learn how to take control of your life and respond to challenging situations with healthy coping skills.

 
 
PSYCHOTHERAPY FEES
 
Most insurance plans have a co-payment that is payable on the day of your visit.  Please check your insurance plan to know if you have a deductible, what is your co-pay and how many visits are allowed per year prior to making an appointment.  Prior to calling to schedule an appointment, please call the number on the back of your insurance card to confirm I am on your insurance panel (be sure to check under behavioral health or mental health when checking providers).  You are responsible to know what is and is NOT covered by your health plan.  If your insurance does not cover the cost of the visit or denies coverage, you are responsible to pay out of pocket for the visits.
 
APPOINTMENTS THAT ARE NOT KEPT OR NOT CANCELED AT LEAST 24 HOURS IN ADVANCE ARE SUBJECT TO A NO SHOW FEE WHICH IS THE COST OF THE VISIT.  "NO SHOWS" ARE NOT COVERED BY INSURANCE.
 
I am currently accepting Blue Cross/Blue Shield; Tufts; Harvard Pilgrim; United Behavioral Health.
 
If you do not have health insurance or do not want to use your mental health benefit under your insurance plan, the cash fee per session will be discussed.
 
 
WE ARE A FRAGRANCE FREE OFFICE
 

Laurie Ghiz, LMHC, Dipl. Ac, (NCCAOM), LicAc

Back in Balance Acupuncture and Psychotherapy Center

354 West Boylston Street

Suite 224

West Boylston, MA  01583

508-769-0039  Fax: 888-350-9915

backinbalanceacutherapy@gmail.com

 

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