Acupuncture

Acupuncture is currently available at Kearny Mesa and Carmel Valley locations.

What is acupuncture? Are there different types?

There are many types of acupuncture both classical and modern. Japanese Meridian Therapy utilizes a lighter more superficial type of needling whereas Traditional Chinese Medicine utilizes a deeper and more intense type of needling.

Acupuncture and Physical Therapy:

Acupuncture may be used in conjunction with physical therapy to speed up the healing process by increasing circulation to the injured area as well as providing pain relief. It also helps with insomnia and stress that often accompanies pain and injury. By working together with your physical therapist, as a team we can provide you the best treatment plan to assist you in returning to your normal activities as soon as possible.

A Typical Acupuncture Session:

At the beginning of each treatment your acupuncturist will take your pulse and look at your tongue to use in tailoring your treatment session. Then needles are inserted. The needles commonly remain in place for 15-30 minutes and may be inserted both front and back. This may be following with cupping or Tui Na, depending on your condition. Cupping is a technique where the use of suction created in silicone cups is used to increase circulation when placed on the body. Sometimes the acupuncturist will slide the cups, which feels similar to a massage. Sliding cupping is great for tight muscles in the back, shoulders, calves and IT band. Tui Na is the traditional Chinese style of medicatl massage based on the Chinese Daoist and marial arts principles. Most patients find their experience relaxing and may often fall asleep. It is best to wear loose comfortable clothing and eat a small snack before your treatment.

Does Acupuncture Hurt?

No! Acupuncture needles are extremely thin. Some people may feel nothing at all while others may experience a dull ache or subtle tingling sensation upon insertion.

What conditions can acupuncture treat?

Most conditions can be treated successfully with acupuncture. The following is a brief list of conditions, but are not limited to:

  • Post-surgical pain and swelling
  • Tendonitis
  • Plantar fasciitis
  • Knee pain
  • Frozen shoulder/Adhesive Capsulitis
  • Muscle strains
  • Carpal tunnel
  • Back/Neck pain
  • IT Band Syndrome
  • Hip pain
  • Insomnia
  • Chronic fatigue
  • Headaches/Migraines
  • Allergies
  • Digestive issues

Can I use my insurance?

Currently Rehab United does not accept insurance directly, but your acupuncturist can provide a Superbill for your treatment for you to submit to your insurance company or flexible spending account for reimbursement.

Is acupuncture offered at all RU locations?

Currently acupuncture is offered only at the RU1 – Kearny Mesa and RU2 – Carmel Valley locations.

Acupuncture Pricing

30 minutes $50
60 minutes $80
4 Session Package $300
8 Session Package $560
For our massage and acupuncture services, you have the option to schedule online, in person or by calling any of our 4 locations. *When scheduling online or by phone, please note that acupuncture is currently only offered at our RU1 – Kearny Mesa and RU2 – Carmel Valley locations.