How long is a typical appointment?
Initial appointments will last 45 minutes to 1 hour and follow up visits are 30 minutes - 1 hour depending on your condition and modalities used.
What will happen on the first visit?
Depending on your needs and what you seek help for I often blend aspects of Eastern and Western approaches to your treatments. To determine the type of acupuncture treatments that will help you the most, I will ask you about your symptoms, behaviors and lifestyle. I will also closely examine:
How many treatments?
Different people heal at different rates and different problems also have different healing times. Generally, acute musculoskeletal disorders have a quicker healing time, ranging from 1 visits to 3. Other disorders, such as headaches, menstrual, emotional, digestive disorders, etc., require a longer treatment plan. A lot also depends on you: we work together, I can't fix you all by myself. If I tell you to change this or that and you don't - you recovery will take longer.
What to do before treatment?
Please make sure to eat a light meal 1 to 2 hours before your treatment.
What will happen during a treatment?
Treatments are done with you laying on the treatment table fully clothed unless I need to reach some hard to get points. In this case you will be offered a gown to wear. There are hundreds of acupuncture points I am trained in knowing exactly where they are and what they are used for. Points are chosen both function and location and based on the answers to the questions I asked earlier during the initial conversation. The needles do not hurt and are generally placed in the feet, lower legs, arms and near the injury where you feel pain.
How will you feel after acupuncture?
Patients normally feel relaxed and calm. You may feel tired or drowsy for a few hours if the treatment is particularly strong. It is not uncommon to experience a short-term flare-up of symptoms as your body resettles itself. It is recommended that heavy labor or workout is not done the same day as treatment nor using alcohol or recreational drugs.
Should you take acupuncture if you are not sick?
Acupuncture is an excellent way to maintain optimum health. The stress of modern life often goes undetected until manifested in physical illness. Regular acupuncture treatments work as a preventive measure in keeping you in balance and feeling more centered.