Shaheed K. Abdullah, L.Ac. DNBAO is a Diplomate National Board Certified Orthopedic Acupuncturist that comes highly recommended by San Diego’s Top Physicians.
Acupuncture is one of the oldest, most commonly used medical procedures in the world. Originating in China more than 2,000 years ago. The term acupuncture describes a family of procedures involving stimulation of anatomical points on the body by a variety of techniques. The acupuncture technique that has been most studied scientifically involves penetrating the skin with solid, extremely fine, stainless steel filiform needles.
How Does Acupuncture Work?
Tiny hair thin needles inserted in specific points on the body stimulate muscles fibers that engage the peripheral nervous system to increase production of stress hormones and pain killing endorphins. There have been many studies on acupuncture’s potential usefulness and results have emerged showing efficacy of acupuncture for many more conditions then just pain.
Acupuncture and Herbal Medicine treatments have shown effective benefits related to:
- Cold & Flu
- Neck Pain
- Thoracic & Trapezius
- Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
- Frozen Shoulder
- Migraine Headaches
- Tension Headaches
- Low-Back Pain
- Myofascial Pain
- Hip & Knee Pain
- Plantar Fasciitis
- Postoperative & Chemotherapy Nausea
- Stroke Rehabilitation
- Tennis Elbow
Does It Hurt?
The biggest question we get with regard to acupuncture is the famous ‘Does it hurt?’ The short answer is, no, not as much as you probably think.
What do we mean by that? Well, when the majority of people hear the word ‘needle’ they immediately make an association with a hypodermic needle and getting a ‘shot’ at a doctor visit.
The problem with that is two fold 1) hypodermic needles are a heavier gauge (thickness) than acupuncture needles 2) the real pain involved with getting a shot is not from the needle penetrating the skin but from the actual injection of the liquid into the body.
The discomfort you might feel when an acupuncture is tapped into position is not nearly as bad as a single hair being pulled out. In fact, the majority of the time the you won’t even feel the needle penetrate at all.
Does My Health Insurance Cover Acupuncture?
We accept all insurance plans that cover acupuncture, give us a call at 858-467-9893 or simply take a picture of the front and back of your insurance card and email it to us along with your date of birth to email@example.com to verify coverage and co pays for treatment. Check out Provider page for Self Pay Discounted Treatment Rates.
We will call to verify your insurance coverage and contact you within 24 hours in most cases. So go ahead and click on the “Book Now” to see our online schedule in real time for availability or to book your first appointment.
Here are just a few of the insurance companies we are currently contracted with that cover acupuncture benefits:
Does Workers Compensation Cover Acupuncture?
California Labor Code Section 4600 specifically mandates that employers must provide injured workers with appropriate treatment including acupuncture, if needed, according to ACOEM guidelines.
Let us do the work for you, we are on most MPN’s and will be happy to contact your primary treating physician or workers compensation insurance adjuster for pre-authorization to start acupuncture treatment ASAP.
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Make an appointment! As the saying goes ‘you won’t know unless you try’. If you are looking for a New Acupuncturist or trying Acupuncture in San Diego for the first time you will be happy you chose Healing Arts Health Center.
We look forward to being apart of your healing process!!
Reviews from around the Web
Shaheed has helped eliminate the pain from my carpal tunnel syndrome in both hands, due to pregnancy and overuse of hands. My chiropractor referred me here after my neurologist said physical therapy, acupuncture, and massage would not help. I, too, was skeptical that needles in my legs would cure the pain in my hands. I started out with two visits in a week, then once a week, then once every two weeks. It is fascinating to see that he will put the needles on different spots–on my hands, legs, ears–to see which points are the most receptive. I feel better a LOT better –it doesn’t hurt to open a jar or turn the door knob or use the mouse on my computer; and the treatment has lasted between visits!
He is very knowledgeable, easy going, answers my questions, friendly, professional, and just a nice guy. He is really likeable and has a pleasant bedside manner.
I recommend wearing pants that can roll up and comfortable clothing since you are resting for a good 45-60 minutes with the needles and drinking water afterwards. He even agreed to treat me for tightness in my traps at no extra charge! I am very pleased to have him provide me treatment.
Sandra C. 6/24/2015
If in doubt, just try it out. Can change your life!
“Ok, so if you have never tried acupuncture before and you have pain that will not go away, this is the place for you. The Healing Arts Center is ran in a professional manner with the utmost respect and care for their patients. I had paid relief the vey first time I received treatment. Nearly any ailment you have, Shaheed has a way to help you, come in and see him; you wont regret it!”
Jody K. 10/26/2015