How to Choose an Acupuncturist
With all of the great Acupuncturists in the Nashville and Arvada area, it can be quite difficult to decide which acupuncturist to go with. Many people find themselves staring at the computer screen saying to themselves, ‘which acupuncturist do I choose?’
This is an important decision as this person will be a trusting advisor and practitioner for your health needs. This is the person that you want on your team, to help you through the hurdles and get you functioning and optimizing as best as you possibly can.
The recommendations for choosing the best acupuncturist are as follows:
1. Choose someone that represents health. This person should look happy, vibrant, fit and as if he/she is taking care of themselves as they will tell you to do. If a practitioner is not taking care of their own health and putting healthy food into their body, whilst exercising and following their own words, how can you trust this person? You are going to see someone for health advise. Choose a healthy acupuncturist!
2. Choose a person who specializes in what you are wishing to be treated. If not a specialist in this field, ask questions about their particular experience with the specific condition or ailment. You want to see someone who has experience, who can treat you quickly and proficiently. You are looking to get your issue addressed, without the practitioner having to play a guessing game about the root cause. Don’t be afraid to call the acupuncturist and ask questions!
3. Make sure that the acupuncturist that you choose has credentials. The NCCAOM is the governing body for acupuncturists. This is who administers the board exam, while DORA is the licensing agency in Colorado. You will want to make sure that your Acupuncturist has both of these credentials. It should be listed on their biography on their website.
4. Do make sure you are getting acupuncture from a real acupuncturist who attended acupuncture school. There are other people doing acupuncture such as physical therapists and chiropractors. This is called Dry Needling, but this is not legitimate acupuncture. It is taken in a weekend course. It has harmed people, leading to lawsuits. I don’t know about you but if I have someone poking me with needles, I want them to be highly experienced. Acupuncturists are trying to ban this practice as Acupuncturists have 3000 hours of training. Acupuncture is no joke! It requires a lot of schooling. An Olympic snowboarder got his lung punctured from a physical therapist practicing dry needling. Please make sure that you choose an acupuncturist who has real credentials.
5. Talk to the acupuncturist. When you visit their website, and look at the picture and biography, don’t be afraid to pick up the phone and ask about what they treat. Get to know the acupuncturist on the phone. You want someone who is personable and willing to answer your questions.
6. Find an acupuncturist who has a good needling technique. Not all acupuncturists are created equal. Some acupuncturists insert needles and it hurts. This means that they either did not study the technique or are not doing it correctly. Unfortunately, sometimes you do not know their technique until you have a session, but you can check out online reviews to see what other people have said.
Amy is a Board Certified Acupuncturist by NCCAOM, the governing body in the United States and Licensed in Colorado. She received her Master’s Degree in Acupuncture & Chinese Medicine at Five Branches University in Santa Cruz, California and is a graduate of University of Colorado at Boulder.
Amy specializes in Women’s Health, Fertility, Pain Management and Chronic Illness. She has been trained in Traditional Chinese Medicine, Classical Chinese Medicine and 5 Element Emotional Balancing and Acupuncture. She has a long history in Western Medicine so she has the ability to integrate an Eastern and Western approach.
Amy is passionate about her work and enjoys seeing results in her patients. As an Acupuncturist and resident of Nashville, she is dedicated to helping individuals achieve their health goals. She has taken on some of the most difficult cases, and treated patients who have seen multiple doctors who had not previously had relief from their ailments.