What to Expect

 

 

 

 

Initial Visit & Assessment

Your first visit will begin with an in-depth assessment of your condition and an initial treatment. The intake and treatment may take up to an hour. Typical follow-up treatments last approximately 40-50 minutes.

During the assessment, you may be asked about things that you might not think are connected to your chief complaint, such as your sleeping patterns, digestion, lifestyle and eating habits. When put together, the myriad of symptoms and signs you are experiencing reveal patterns of disharmony that point to the root cause of the various symptoms. Chinese medicine considers the whole person, not just one isolated symptom, and treats the root cause.

 

Preparing for Your Treatment

The following suggestions are provided to help you have a safe and relaxing experience with acupuncture. Please read this section carefully. If you have any questions, please feel free to call and ask me prior to your first visit.

 

Treatment

Needles are typically retained for about 20-30 minutes. In addition to acupuncture, treatments may also include heat therapy, manual therapy such as cupping, herbal prescriptions, nutritional supplements, and diet and lifestyle recommendations.

 

What to Expect After Treatment

Your relief may be immediate, delayed for a few hours, or even develop after one to three days. The relief may last for a few hours on the first visit and then last longer with each successive treatment, or relief may last from the first treatment until your next visit. Individual response to treatment varies.

 

Side Effects

Side effects are rare, but may include the following: feeling lightheaded, dizziness, sleepiness, euphoria, nausea, slight bruising, residual muscle aches. Any of these side effects should only last a short time. Staying hydrated after your treatment will help minimize these side effects, as will resting after your treatment. Any side effects should be reported at your next visit.

 

Flare-up

On rare occasions, one's original symptoms may briefly get worse, or "flare-up," after a treatment. A flare-up typically occurs later on the day of your treatment and should only last for a few hours. After a flare-up, your symptoms should begin to improve. In the long run, acupuncture does not make symptoms worse.

In some conditions, the body must fully expel a pathogen in order for healing to occur. For example, if you have a cold, acupuncture will not get rid of the cold, but it can help accelerate the cold cycle so your body recovers faster. If you are fatigued and beginning to get a cold, acupuncture can help your body fight it off.

In cases of chronic pain, your original pain may improve and then unmask less obvious pain in the surrounding areas.

 

Course of Treatment

As part of your first visit, you will receive a customized treatment plan detailing an appropriate course of treatment for your specific condition. In general, acute conditions of recent onset may only require two or three treatments. Chronic conditions usually require more treatments to achieve sustained results.

The ideal approach to illness is to begin treatment as soon as possible. The sooner you seek help, the easier it is to treat and reverse the progression. For longstanding illnesses, weekly or more frequent treatments may be required for several months in order to have a curative effect.

Once you initiate a healing process, it is important to follow through on treatments. The more consistent you are, the better the likelihood of results.

Your body is most vulnerable following recovery from illness because it has expended much of its energy and internal resources in order to get better. It is therefore important to have a few treatments in order to prevent repeated or new illness. In general, when an illness recurs it is often more difficult to treat.

The effects of acupuncture tend to be cumulative. After you are feeling better, a few additional treatments may be recommended. In Chinese medicine, this is referred to as "solidifying the constitution." The goal is to further strengthen your body to prevent recurrence of the illness.

 

Cancellation Policy

I will do my best to accommodate your schedule should you need to postpone or reschedule your appointment. Please notify me at least 24 hours prior to your appointment to avoid a cancellation fee.