Where an Acupressure Mat is Better Than Acupuncture
Receiving acupuncture treatment from a licensed acupuncture specialist is far more expensive and far less accessible than using an acupressure mat. Though an acupressure mat is not a true 100% replacement for a professional acupuncture specialist, for most people looking to ease back pain or neck pain from the comfort of their own homes, an acupressure mat will provide relief for a small percentage of what professional acupuncturists charge.
Acupressure Mats Are Cheaper, More Portable Options
According to licensed acupuncturist Diane Joswick, the average acupuncture treatment cost $60-120 per session. Most treatments — depending on your ailment — require a number of sessions, resulting in several hundred, if not thousands of dollars in bills. And acupressure is not typically covered by insurance, so whatever it costs, you’ll probably be paying out of pocket.
Most premium acupressure mats — including the Kenko Mat — can be purchased for the cost of one acupressure treatment. You also don’t need to make an appointment to use an acupressure mat: It’s available at any time, and you can bring it with you to work or on travel.
Acupuncture Isn’t Always Safe
Most states (but not all) require practitioner licensing from the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine to perform acupuncture on a client. There are a few states that don’t require acupuncture certification:
- South Dakota