Weren't you called Adam?
Yes! For personal reasons, I changed my name to Theodore Scott. More details available here.
How Much Does It Cost?
Treatments cost $90 each. I have a concession rate of $80 for students, children and pensioners. Rates for patients who I have seen in Mitchell will remain the same for now.
Rebates are available for members of most major private health insurance funds. The size of the rebate depends on your insurance cover, and can range between 10% and 100%.
HCF Members - HCF has now enabled HICAPS claiming for acupuncture.
How Long Does It Take?
Currently, every appointment is scheduled for 55 minutes. Depending on the situation, some treatments may take less time.
How Many Treatments Will I Need?
This is not easy to answer. As a general rule of thumb, the amount of treatment required to get a notable improvement depends on two things:
- How bad is the problem?
- How long have you had the problem?
Generally, problems that are more severe, or have been around longer, will require more treatment. Also, certain problems have their own special timelines, improving faster or slower than others.
The more accurate measure for "how many treatments" is: How well does the problem respond to a couple of treatments?
For some people, a single treatment will do the job. For others, twice-weekly treatments over a number of months are what it takes to get a result. It's highly individual.
I don't like wasting people's time or money. If I don't think I can help you, I'll let you know as soon as possible. If I think another practitioner is better equipped to help you, I'll tell you. If I recommend a lot of treatment, it's because I genuinely believe it is going to be the most effective approach.
Does It Work?
Short answer: Yes.
Longer, more nuanced answer: Like all legitimate therapeutic disciplines, acupuncture is effective most of the time, to varying degrees, for most people, for the problems that are within its jurisdiction.
No effective treatment method, be it surgery, antibiotics, acupuncture or anything else, is guaranteed to work 100% of the time. However, they can generally be relied upon to work most times in the right circumstances.
I wish there was a good short answer for this question, but there just isn't. I've had to settle for writing a good long answer instead.
If you really want to know how it works, please take a few minutes and read the following articles in order.