When you set up an appointment,
here's what to expect.
The first treatment is a 90 minute session including a detailed intake that assesses your chief complaint, its history, as well as your general constitution. Don't be surprised if some questions seem unrelated to your chief complaint. Chinese medicine uses information from your overall health to achieve a holistic perspective of your state of health. After this conversation, we will asses your pulse and tongue to further our understanding. These diagnostic techniques are key to Chinese medicine to understanding your condition. If necessary, we may conduct a physical exam. After this consult, we will design a treatment protocol based on what is needed for your particular situation.
This appointment will include a full treatment after the diagnosing. It is best to wear or bring loose clothing so the full treatment can be done easily and at your own comfort, as we will need access to points in various locations of the body.
Most people's first question is "Does acupuncture hurt?" First of all, acupuncture needles are tiny! They are nothing like the hypodermic needles that most people think of. Up to 5 acupuncture needles can fit inside the hole of a hypodermic needle. Not only are acupuncture needles much smaller than hypodermic needles, they are solid and have a rounded tip unlike the the sharp angled tip of a hypodermic needle. What this all means is that the insertion of an acupuncture needle is virtually pain free. You may find that you get a heavy, deep, dull ache around the needles after they are inserted, this SHOULD NOT be a painful sensation, but can seem unusual to those who have never had acupuncture before. Most people actually find their acupuncture visits to be very relaxing and enjoyable.
After your acupuncture portion of the treatment, we may utilize other treatment approaches including Tui Na, cupping, moxibustion, and Chinese herbal medicine. Following treatment, herbal medicine, exercises, or dietary recommendations may be prescribed for your home use. This enables the Chinese medicine treatment to continue to support the body until our next acupuncture visit.
Quite often people will have relief from symptoms immediately after treatment, and most people leave their treatment visit feeling relaxed, refreshed, and energized. Most people want to know "How many treatments until I'm better?" Treatment duration and frequency will really depend on your individual condition. We will discuss this during your initial consultation and together make a plan for successful relief of your symptoms.
Treatments following the initial consultation will be based on the course of treatment we select is appropriate for your situation. Appointments following the first treatment will take 60 minutes and include a brief intake, assessment of your progress, and a full treatment. We will adjust all further treatments based on your progress.