Frequently Asked Questions.
Here are some common questions about acupuncture.

How many treatments will I need?

Usually, a course of treatments are necessary to achieve results. Each case is treated individually. An initial consultation is required to determine your treatment plan. For acute conditions a course includes three treatments. For chronic conditions I recommend a course of five treatments. My goal is to help you resolve your condition in as few treatments as possible. Treatments are 1 hour long.

What are the goals of a treatment plan?

Depending on your condition we are generally looking for any and all of the following: Increased range of motion, decreased pain intensity and frequency, improved sense of well-being, improved sleep cycle, improved digestion and elimination, and decreased inflammation to name a few.

Do acupuncture needles hurt?

Most times the acupuncture needle will not be felt by the patient. Once inserted some patients may experience a mild tingling or sensation of fullness, along with increased feelings of relaxation. Occasionally, upon insertion there is a pinching sensation that immediately subsides.  Less frequently, an undesirable sharp pain may occur, this is not optimal and the needle is promptly removed.  Some people associate needles with their past experience with hypodermic needles. You can fit approximately 10 acupuncture needles inside the tip of one hypodermic needle. We use tiny, thin, flexible needles about the size of a thin animal whisker.

Are there any side effects to acupuncture?

Acupuncture is a natural medicine and the side effects are actually positive. You may notice a better ability to handle stress, improved sleep, improved digestion, and you may notice an improved outlook on life. While rare, risks involve bruising at the site of insertion, organ puncture, and nerve damage. For this reason, it is important to seek out a well-trained, professional, licensed and board certified acupuncturist.

How many needles do you use in a session?

Needle usage varies widely and depends on each patient’s constitution and condition.

Are the needles sterile?

Yes. We practice and are nationally certified in Clean Needle Technique. As per the state regulations of NC and TN sterile needles are disposed of after each use.

Do I have to believe in acupuncture for it to work?

No. Veterinary acupuncture works on animals successfully all the time, which as far as a we know, don’t hold a belief system about medicine. Of course, the placebo effect can positively influence the outcome. So, if you feel positive about your course of treatment, that will aide in your recovery process, just as fear may slow your process down. Please speak with me about any concerns you may have about acupuncture and Chinese Medicine. Read this recent study on placebo effect.

Is acupuncture safe?

Yes. It has been used for over 3000 years and has helped many people over time get well and stay healthy. All without drugs and surgery. The FDA approved acupuncture needles for use by licensed practitioners in 1996. The FDA requires that acupuncturists follow strict safety guidelines and use only sterile, nontoxic needles that are labeled for single use only. There are inherent risks when you treat people with needles, however acupuncture is widely considered a safe medicine.

Do you practice Chinese herbs?

I use external liniments, herbs, and plasters to help speed healing times for injuries.  If you require extensive internal herbs, I refer to my colleagues who specialize in this area. I focus on Acutherapy– an integrative combination of bodywork and acupuncture– as that is my area of expertise.

Should I consult with my physician regarding getting acupuncture treatments?

It is advisable to inform your physician about any treatment that you are seeking and it is also important to have a list of medications and supplements that you are taking available during your first consultation. We regularly refer with physicians in Asheville, NC and Knoxville,TN where I am licensed and a board certified Diplomate with NCCAOM.

Will my acupuncture treatment be covered through my insurance?

Some insurance companies cover acupuncture treatments and they stipulate that the practitioner be NCCAOM certified. I am a NCCAOM Diplomate.  In addition, a majority of flexible spending plans will cover acupuncture. It is recommended to call your insurance carrier to verify coverage. If you have reimbursement coverage we will provide you with a superbill so you may obtain reimbursement from your insurance carrier.

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Chad Johnson Acupuncture
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Kerry Dontchos
Kerry Dontchos
21:08 18 Apr 20
I went to see Chad for a bad ankle sprain but ended up getting more than just recovery from that injury. Not only do I... know that together Chad and I can resolve any potential residual weakness or susceptibility, I am also reminded how much my body craves healing other areas of tension and release. Chad has a very calm presence, focuses deeply on the areas of injury or concern and is comforting in sharing what he is doing and why. I felt confident in his work and supported in competent hands. I know if I ever want to feel better in my body, ease in my spirit and generally relaxed and refreshed, I can just go see Chad.read more
Myrick Rozier
Myrick Rozier
16:42 04 Dec 19
Chad was very down to Earth and treated my shoulder very directly. I was immediately out of long term pain and have... range of motion that I have not had for a long time in my shoulder. He also treated other muscles in my body that allow me to move with greater ease. I would definitely recommend him!read more
Denise Pesce
Denise Pesce
22:51 23 Nov 19
Chad has been a tremendous help to me during my recovery from my lung surgery. After every treatment I would feel... improvement in my breathing and overall well being. I have had accupuncture in the past but he is definitely by far the best I have experienced.read more
Jennifer Curtis
Jennifer Curtis
16:46 30 Sep 19
Chad has been instrumental in my healing journey. Having dealt with this injury for over 3 years, he has been precise... and effective in helping me pinpoint the problem. My range of motion is gradually returning. He is also very helpful with follow up tips on stretching to help with mobility. Highly recommend!read more
susan weidel
susan weidel
15:39 04 Sep 19
I was experiencing pain in my right hand and arm. After a few treatment sessions with Chad, I am feeling much better. ... I was also worried about an upcoming heart test, an echocardiogram, and I am happy to say that the results were positive, normal heart pumping!read more
laneywax .
laneywax .
18:53 30 Jul 19
Finding Chad and Nicolle Johnson was perhaps my luckiest day this year. I had hurt my back badly at the very same time... I began suffering with Plantar Fasciitis. Then my allergies kicked in as well as assorted aches and pains. I searched for an acupuncturist on line; intuitively my search led me to a kind and caring conversation with Nicolle who correctly convinced me that Chad was the one I needed to meet. I’ve been seeing Chad for over two months in his peaceful, Zen-like office. With natural kindness and patience, Chad listens intently until his extraordinary ‘chad radar’ turns on. Then, miraculously, he begins to connect pain with source, pain with source. How he does this is not only fascinating, it feels magical. He finds pain that I didn’t know existed and, most often, appears to be at the root of my physical issues. I happily offer my highest recommendation and know that if you come to Chad for healing, you are going to feel better and blessed.read more
Emily Rice
Emily Rice
01:24 04 Apr 18
Inital appointment 2 months post arthroscopic knee surgery. Could not walk down hill without pain. My goal, as a long... term runner, was to get back on the road. I am now training for a sprint Triathalon and while still slow, there is no pain and I look forward to continuing to improve. Chad knew just what to do, where to put needles and had lots of helpful advice. Grateful.read more
13:19 20 Mar 18
Chad is a valuable partner in any healing effort; his broad knowledge of Japanese acupuncture training, massage and... spirit are integrated into a powerful and skillful healing practice. He is sensitive, intuitive and responsive. I say 2017 was a year in which I healed. Chad was the primary practitioner in my healing, and I am forever grateful.read more
Christina Muth
Christina Muth
14:43 28 Aug 17
Chad Johnson is a skilled and caring practitioner. I have received great care and valuable information with each... session. I truly believe in his acupuncture practice for my neck and shoulder chronic pain relief.read more
Dru Shelby
Dru Shelby
17:55 26 Jun 17
I have suffered with nerve pain since 2006 and tried many acupuncturists and physical therapists over the years. After... my first visit with Chad I noticed some immediate results. After 3 visits most of my pain is gone! Chad has great skills and I am singing his praises all over town. He is a wonderful healer and I feel blessed to have found him.read more
W Hamm
W Hamm
15:59 14 Mar 17
Recently I suffered from near- constant severe headaches for four months straight. I saw six doctors, including a... neurologist, had multiple tests and scans, and was prescribed a plethora of prescription meds. Nothing seemed to help. The headaches were incapacitating and taking a toll on my mental and emotional health. Thankfully I made an appointment with Chad and after my first visit, my worst type of headache completely went away. After two more visits, my lesser (remaining) headaches had completely stopped as well. Chad has really helped restore my quality of life and I would highly recommend him for anyone suffering with chronic headaches.read more
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