Initial Acupuncture Visit
Expected Time: About 60-90 minutes
The clinician will review all paperwork and discuss your current concerns and medical history. After the initial exam, the clinician will explain your diagnosis from both Western and Eastern perspectives, the procedures appropriate for your condition, and expected prognosis.
Typical Treatment Plan: You will receive acupuncture to address your primary concerns and additional modalities such as cupping and herbal remedies may be prescribed as needed.
- Acupuncture is the insertion of hair-thin needles into certain points in the body that activates neurochemical and immune responses in the body to support your body’s innate ability to heal.
- Cupping involves glass cups with negative pressure that are placed on the body, creating a suction to relax the muscles and soft tissues and increase circulation to the local area.
- Herbal Remedies are powerful, all-natural herbal formulas prescribed to support your body function specific to your current condition whether it’s increasing metabolism for energy, providing digestive enzymes for healthy GI function, or fighting off mild and/or recurrent infections.
Expected Time: About 30-60 minutes
Acupuncture and Eastern medicine works to naturally support your innate healing ability. It reconditions your body to perform optimally and requires follow-up visits to maintain progress.
Expected Number of Treatments: Typically acupuncture treatments are given once a week. If the condition is acute and painful, or is a long-standing illness, treatments may be given 2-3 times per week to manage it. Once significant progress has been made, treatment frequency can be tapered off to maintenance visits. The healing process is not always linear and may be affected by various factors including your condition, basic level of health, stress, etc. It is important to stay on course with the treatment plan recommended by your clinician to obtain long-term results.
While most people notice a marked improvement in their symptoms following acupuncture, some feel worse before they start feeling better. You may feel sore or achy in the areas you were treated lasting up to several days. Minor bruising is not uncommon. You may feel tired or fatigued after the treatment, this means your body is healing and is a good sign, allow yourself to rest.
- DO rest and allow yourself to relax afterwards
- DO hydrate and drink plenty of water
- AVOID strenuous exercises or sexual activity immediately following treatment