How can treatment work if you are not inserting needles?
Shakuju Therapy works by using the fascial (connective tissue) network of the skin to transmit information. As an embryo, the skin & brain are formed from the same layer of tissue and maintain this close connection throughout life.
The skin has various receptors that send information to the brain, which processes this and adjusts the body’s response. Because Shakuju Therapy works on the skin surface utilizing this signal system, it can affect the entire body. By contrast, deep needling goes through this therapeutic zone and can lose its systemic effect.
Think of it this way: when a small floating object is thrown into a pond, the fish will come to investigate it, but toss in a rock & all the fish will be scared away!
Is Shakuju Therapy acupressure?
Though a needle is typically not inserted in Shakuju Therapy, it is indeed a form of acupuncture, and must be performed by a state-certified Licensed Acupuncturist.
Our English word acupuncture is actually a poor translation of the traditional East Asian term meaning “needle therapy”, which encompasses various types of needles and many techniques for using them. The acupuncture most Americans are familiar with is just one of many styles of this tremendously diverse medicine.
How do I prepare for my first treatment?
Please arrive to your appointment a few minutes early so you have time to relax yourself. Avoid drinking coffee the day of your treatment, and eat some protein an hour or so before your arrival. Wear comfortable clothing, as we need access to your limbs, abdomen, and back to treat you properly.
What can I expect during treatment?
Your first appointment will begin with a thorough review of your health history and the symptoms you are experiencing. Please fill out your paperwork completely, as even minor details may be clinically significant.
Relaxation is important during your treatment as you will be asked to verify changes in any painful and/or tight areas that we find during your treatment. These “reference” points indicate the overall condition of your body and help evaluate the result of treatment. Sterile, disposable acupuncture needles and moxa, a topical warming herb, may be included.
What do I do after a treatment?
In addition to receiving acupuncture treatment, your lifestyle and routine are important to your healing process. After treatments:
- Keep hydrated with warm or room-temperature fluids. Refrain from cold drinks and alcohol. Do not eat too much.
- Avoid strenuous exercise, sexual activity, swimming or bathing (showers are OK) until the following day.
- Plan on going to bed reasonably early so your body can rest and absorb the treatment
Because Shakuju Therapy is resetting your body, you may experience uncomfortable sensations after your treatment. Though not everyone experiences them, they are part of the healing process, and generally settle down within 24 hours. Please note any observable changes you experience between treatments, whether subtle or obvious, and report them at your next visit.
How many treatments will I need?
This will differ for each individual, depending on their health issue and the overall condition of their body’s vitality. Generally speaking, the longer a condition has existed, the more treatment will be required. Imagine your body as a house after it’s caught fire. The more damage that has been done, the longer it will take to rebuild the house.
How often will I need treatment?
Like the previous question, this will vary from patient to patient. For most cases, once a week is sufficient, as your body needs time to absorb the treatment and reset itself. It is important to note any changes in your body following a treatment and how long they last, so we can discuss them at you next visit and determine appropriate visit frequency.
Will insurance cover the cost of treatment?
Today many insurance companies cover acupuncture costs, though coverage will vary depending on your specific plan and diagnosis. If you would like to explore insurance as an option, your benefits must be verified before your first appointment.
You can click on the link below to complete the online form. We will contact you as soon as benefits are established. Please allow us 2 business days to complete the verification process.
Medicare does not cover acupuncture at this time.