At your first appointment, we will spend about 30-45 minutes collaborating about your healthcare needs. We will share your current condition, health history., medications, and other concerns.We will discuss information to help me understand your condition from a Chinese medicine perspective. I may do direct physical examination by feeling painful areas or looking at injury sites. Finally an examination of your pulses and tongue will complete the intake process and lead to a diagnosis and treatment plan.
Treatments generally involve the use of 10 to 20 needles, depending on the condition, and last 20 to 30 minutes. A heat treatment called moxabustion may be employed while the needles are in or after their removal. During the treatment you may fall asleep or just lie still in a quiet state.
Note- It is not absolutely necessary to use needles for treatment. I have a laser and an electrical stimulation device which can be used for children and adults alike. Both are very effective.
Total time for subsequent treatments is around 1 hour.
Healing is a very individual process. Many conditions like acute low-back spasms respond on the first treatment and may resolve after 3-4 treatments. Other acute conditions like colds and flu may require 1 or 2 treatments. Many chronic conditions heal at a slow, progressive rate over 10-12 treatments. I have however seen severe chronic illness resolve after 4 or 5 treatments. Healing is often an erratic process with periods of feeling better mixed with periods of seemingly no change or feeling worse. Acupuncture is not magic. Allowing 5-10 treatments to see if your condition will respond is a reasonable approach.
At each visit you will report any changes you experienced from the last treatment. I will modify the treatment plan accordingly and the needling will proceed as on the first visit. Based on your changes I will suggest how far apart to space your treatments. This time usually increases as you begin to heal. Our goal in the healing process is to get you well to the point where you then return 3-4 times a year for seasonal tune-ups that serve as health maintenance.
I also offer discounts on packages of treatments.