What is Integrative Medicine?
Integrative medicine blends the best of modern conventional medicine techniques (also called allopathic or Western medicine) with time-tested traditional medicine practices to develop a diagnostic and therapeutic program. We offer a systems-based approach of integrative medical care that is centered on the patient’s needs and treats the whole person (as opposed to a condition, symptom, or diagnosis). Integrative medicine incorporates holistic medicine, which makes use of the mind, body and spirit connection to promote wellness. It values healing as much as curing, and it affirms the importance of relationship, collaboration and choice in medicine.
What to Expect During Your Treatment
During your first visit, we will work together to determine the underlying cause of the symptoms which brought you in to see me. I will complete a thorough, detailed evaluation including past medical and family history, vital signs, general body systems and lifestyle habits. A diagnosis will be made, we will discuss your individualized plan of care (including frequency and duration), and you will receive your first treatment if it is indicated. Your initial consultation will last approximately 1-1.5 hours and follow up visits last approximately 30-45 minutes.
Your treatment plan will be highly individualized to your specific needs, and it will require your active participation for an optimal outcome. Your care may include a combination of the following:
- Acupuncture and non-needle acupuncture
- Orthopedic trigger point acupuncture
- Herbal medicine prescription
- Conventional soft tissue rehabilitation massage
- Therapeutic exercise and stretching
- Heat or ice
- Electrical stimulation
- Laser acupuncture
- Low level laser laser therapy
- Pulsed Electromagnetic Frequency Therapy
- East Asian adjunctive treatment therapies
- Self care education
- Stress management education
- Lifestyle counseling
- Breathing techniques
- Meditation and Relaxation techniques
- Sleep hygiene education
- Dietary counseling
What should you expect with acupuncture?
Treatment with traditional needle acupuncture should be comfortable, and many patients find it to be relaxing. Fine, sterile needles will be carefully inserted into the chosen acupuncture points during your treatment. The needles used are sterile surgical stainless-steel, disposable, very thin and have a rounded tip that is designed to gently part the skin, unlike the sharp cutting end of conventional medical hypodermic needles. Acupuncture needles differ from hypodermic needles in that they are solid and are ultra thin, similar in diameter to microfilaments or fiber optics. Acupuncture needles are far less likely to cause tissue damage, pain or bruising upon insertion.
As a general guideline, we will know if acupuncture is going to help you within the first several treatments. Many patients experience positive results after their first session. The length and course of your treatment will vary depending on your diagnosis and how long you have had the problem. A common misconception is that you must “believe” in acupuncture in order for it to work. As with Western medicine, acupuncture will work equally with those who believe and those who do not. It is interesting to note that acupuncture is widely and effectively used in veterinary medicine, and animals are not able to judge or assess the efficacy of treatment.