Frequently Asked Questions
First Visit & Treatment
Each session includes:
- A comprehensive history intake.
- Treatment including acupuncture, cupping, electrical stimulation, energy medicine and other modalities that are appropriate for each individual’s main complaint.
- Supplements to support the patient’s health goals. These may include whole food supplements, dietary suggestions, eastern and/or western herbs and homeopathic therapies.
- Teaching and review of suggested lifestyle modification to support the patient’s individual goals.
- Sessions will always include individual patient-centered care.
Please wear comfortable and loose clothing so that acupuncture points can be easily accessed. Sometimes you will be asked to remove an article of clothing to be able to get to the acupuncture points that are best for your treatment. This is always an just an option based on your comfort level. At all times your privacy is a priority and a cover or gown can be provided.
Please allow 60 minutes for each treatment, however, your time can vary based on your needs at that time. If you need less time, please let us know at the beginning of the appointment.
In the body there are energy channels called meridians that orginate with each organ. Life promoting substances such as Qi and blood circulate through these meridians to every cell, tissue and organ in the body, as well as the mind and spirit. Specific points are either stiumulated to encourage the circulation of Qi to areas of the body or are tonified to strengthen the Qi in areas that are depleted.
Stimulating these acupuncture points helps the energy flow more smoothly in the body and enables your body to function at its optimal potential. Often people find themselves to be more calm and centered after acupuncture. Western science has verified that acupuncture causes many documentable changes in the body. Acupuncture has been shown to trigger the release of pain-relieving endorphins in the body, mediate the inflammation process, regulate hormones, release muscle tension, and increase blood flow to specific areas of the body.
For musculoskeletal issues trigger points and motor points may also be used during treatment. Trigger points are tight ropy bands of muscle fibers that refer pain when pressure is applied to the area. Acupuncture needles can be used to release trigger points. Motor points are the areas of a muscle that contain the highest concentration of nerve endings and are the most electrically excitable part of the muscle. Applying acupuncture to the motor point can help to reset the muscle spindle in order to break the cycle of spasm and abnormal muscle shortening.
Generally, acupuncture is not painful. Most people find it to be very pleasant and say that insertion of the needle produces little or no sensation at all. When the body’s Qi is activated a sensation that has been described as tingling, achy, heavy or electric occurs at the insertion sight or along the meridian. This sensation usually dissipates quickly.
There are many people out there who have tried one or two acupuncture treatments and didn’t see desired results. That is because it is rare that just one or two treatments will alleviate your issues. Acupuncture works like most other therapies, in that each treatment builds upon the last treatment. This medicine is cumulative, gentle and sometimes subtle.
Rule of thumb is for every year a health issue has existed, it can take one month of several treatments. It can take some time to fully resolve issues, especially if they have been present for a long time. The closer and more often you can get the treatments, the faster you will see results.
Some estimates are as follows:
- Acute back pain – 3-4 treatments
- Chronic back pain – 8-10 treatments
- IBS/Digestion – 6-8
- Migraines – 8-10
- Headaches – 4-6
- Fatigue 8-10
- Insomnia 8-10
- Menstrual Issues – 8-10
- Anxiety/Depression – 8-10
- Chronic Injury or Pain – 10-12
- Acute Injury or Pain – 3-4
- Menopause – 8-10
- Fertility – 5 months
- Allergies – 6-8
There are many variables to take into consideration, however. This is just a rough estimate but should give you an idea of what it may take to fully resolve the problem.
Instead of just resolving symptoms, Traditional Chinese Medicine can provide whole body, mind and spirit balance which creates true wellness and health.
When performed by a qualified, Licensed Acupuncturist, acupuncture and related techniques have proven to be extremely safe. Needles are pre-sterilized and disposable to eliminate the risk of disease transmission, and Licensed Acupuncturists are certified in Clean Needle Technique protocols to ensure that needles are kept sterile.
After treatment, the skin around the rim of the cup may become irritated and bruised in a circular pattern. The bruises usually are not painful and can last from a couple days to couple weeks.