Sonam Acupuncture

Robert Paul Johnson, L.Ac.

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As an integral part of your healthcare team, I work with you to help identify and reach your goals.  Whether you have chronic back pain, stress, hypertension, headaches, auto-immune or mood disorders, we can create short and long term plans to treat the symptoms and the underlying factors of disease.

All treatments and interviews are conducted in a Private Room in an elegant office conveniently located on Fifth Avenue

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Q: What are your fees?

A:  My fees are on par with other acupuncturists who are Out of Network Providers for Insurance.  If you need a discounted rate, I participate in the Acupuncture Health Network ("AHN"), which has negotiated discounted rates for its members.  If you are not currently an AHN member you can sign up here and pay their annual fee here.

Q: What does Sonam mean?

A: Sonam is a transliteration of the Tibetan word for "Merit," I use it because it is part of my Tibetan name.  The name I was born with is quite common in this country.  I needed a distinctive name that was "just me."  

Q: Does it hurt?

A: Most people find the experience pleasurable. There may be some brief pain upon insertion in some cases, but usually the relief granted is usually much more significant than the brief and minor pain of insertion.  It is important that you feel safe and comfortable during the treatment experience, you will be asked about your level of comfort, and we can adjust the treatment according to your needs.

Q: Is it Safe?

A: Yes. Acupuncture has been used for thousands of years to treat a myriad of ailments. Today’s needles are manufactured in sterile conditions and go through a stringent quality assurance process.  At this time, I only use SEIRIN needles and MAC needles in my practice.  They cost two to four times as much as other needles but I can perceive the difference and you probably can too.

Q: How long does it take to see results?

A: It depends. Some conditions will respond almost immediately while others may take many treatments. There are many variables involved, but as a general rule more chronic conditions take longer to see lasting results.

Q: What should I expect on my first visit?

A: The first visit entails a thorough examination and interview process. You will be asked questions about your physical and mental health, as well as about your goals for long term health.  Your tongue and pulse will be taken to determine a diagnosis according to time tested methods.  You will have multiple opportunities to ask questions and voice any concerns throughout the treatment session.  After the interview and initial exam, needles will be inserted and you will have a chance to relax in a private treatment room while listening to either soothing music, or silence.

Q: What should I wear to my first visit?

A: Some people like to bring shorts or a t-shirt.  I have gowns and towels available for draping, but for many treatments I can work around most articles of clothing.  My first priority is your comfort.  I can usually adapt a treatment plan to accommodate personal preferences. 

Q: Does it work?

A: Typically yes. Most people find it to be quite effective, though there is a small percentage of people who do not respond as well as others. Many studies are currently proving that it does work and are trying to understand how it works.

Q: Are the needles Sterile?

A: Yes. Sönam Acupuncture employs Clean Needle Technique and only uses individually packaged sterile needles, which are only used once before they are disposed of in a standard sharps containers.

Q: Are there any Side Effects?

A: There are few possible side effects. If you have very high or low blood pressure or diabetic neuropathies, you may not be a candidate for Acupuncture.

Q: What is Far Infrared Therapy ("FIR") and why do you use it with acupuncture?

A: During an acupuncture treatment your body temperature will decrease, so it is important to your health that your acupuncturist keeps you warm.  FIR is a great way to preserve your body temperature, or even enhance it, as FIR therapy can be used as a stand alone treatment, but in many cases it works great in conjunction with acupuncture.  I use a Biomat Professional or a Biomat Mini as needed to enhance the treatment.  For further reading you can search on my blog or go here where you can purchase your own.



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