Acupuncture is a way that some seniors find relief from various aches and pains in the lower back and joints, especially those caused by arthritis. Some also find relief from headaches and general feelings of malaise from this natural procedure.
Finding a Reputable Acupuncturist
If you are looking for a reputable acupuncturist, you can search online, look through the local phone book or ask your home care agency if they have any suggestions. It is important to look at credentials and ask for referrals. Many states have licensing requirements in order to practice acupuncture as well. If your state has requirements, always ask to see the presence of licensing and certification before having any procedures completed.
At the Appointment
Before your first appointment, you can inquire about payments and determine if your insurance covers the procedures. Medicare and Medicaid do not often cover it, but some supplemental insurance policies might. A reputable center can work with you to determine the most affordable way to obtain acupuncture.
Once you are at your first appointment, ask the provider how many sessions he or she thinks it might take before you feel results. You or your caregiver should also inquire about how you will feel afterwards and if there are any necessary precautions to follow after the procedures are complete.