What to Expect at AIMA

During your first visit, we will work together to determine the underlying root cause of the concern which brought you in to see me. If you are well and seeking to stay healthy, we will determine the underlying factors that may aid or hinder you in that goal. We’ll start with a comprehensive and very detailed evaluation including your past medical and family history, vital signs, a review of general body systems, and your lifestyle habits.

A diagnosis will be made, and we will decide if you would be best served as an acupuncture and integrative medicine patient, as a functional medicine patient, or both. Acupuncture and integrative medicine visits will be separate from functional medicine visits. We will discuss your individualized plan of care (including frequency and duration). The length and course of your treatment will vary depending on your diagnosis and how long you have had your concern.

After your evaluation is complete, we may move from the consultation room to an exam or treatment room where 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.

Services

Your treatment plan will be highly individualized to your specific needs. It will require your active participation for an optimal outcome, and you will be asked to complete a pre visit Check-In before each appointment that guides your treatment on the day of service and serves as a health screening. Your care may include a combination of the following:

Functional Medicine Visit

    • Systems biology-based modern approach, which considers how all body systems work as a whole
    • Evidence based demonstrated improvement in health related quality of life reported by patients
    • Highly patient-specific and investigative medicine
    • Considers biochemical markers, genetics, environmental, social, and lifestyle factors
    • Identifies and addresses root cause of illness
    • Addresses underlying functional imbalances, not just symptoms
    • Often utilized to address chronic health concerns
    • Often utilized by well patients for prevention and healthy longevity
    • Functional medicine may include:
      • Specialized functional diagnostic laboratory testing
      • Prescription of nutraceuticals, customized herbal medicine formulations, supplements, topical medicinals
      • Development and instruction in a self-care home program
      • Stress management education
      • Lifestyle counseling
      • Dietary and nutritional counseling
      • Sleep hygiene education
      • Instruction in breathing techniques
      • Instruction in meditation and relaxation techniques

Acupuncture and Integrative Medicine Visit

    • Laser Acupuncture (also known as low level laser therapy, LLLT, cold laser, or photobiomodulation; this is a non-needle and non-insertive painless and highly effective modern acupuncture method)
    • Non-needle (non-insertive treatment of acupoints utilizing laser, electrical stimulation, pressure, or tapping)
    • Insertive-needle (insertion of sterile, fine, surgical stainless steel filiform acupuncture needles; this is traditional acupuncture)
    • Orthopedic trigger point acupuncture (licensed acupuncturist expertise for release of trigger points; gentle, comfortable, and effective)
    • Neuro-acupuncture (modern acupuncture technique with traditional Chinese needling; also known as scalp acupuncture and is informed by the conventional medicine concept of neurological function in treating neurological disorders).
    • Acupuncture and integrative medicine adjunctive techniques, both modern and traditional, including:
      • Chinese medical massage (tui na) and conventional massage, instruction in yoga and tai chi exercise or conventional therapeutic exercise and stretching for injury rehabilitation, wellness, and maintenance care; application of heat, ice, electrical stimulation, pulsed electromagnetic frequency therapy, and low level laser therapy (cold laser therapy)

     What to Expect with Acupuncture

You may choose to receive non-needle acupuncture or traditional needle acupuncture. Treatment with traditional needle acupuncture should be comfortable, and many patients find it to be relaxing.

Fine, surgical stainless steel sterile needles will be carefully inserted into the chosen acupuncture points during your treatment. The needles used are not reused on different parts of the body, are disposable, and the skin is swabbed with alcohol prior to insertion. The needles are very thin and have a rounded tip that is designed to comfortably and gently part the skin, unlike the sharp cutting end of hypodermic needles.

Acupuncture needles are far less likely to cause tissue damage, infection, pain, or bruising upon insertion than hypodermic needles. They differ from hypodermic needles in that they are solid and are ultra thin, similar in diameter to microfilaments or fiber optics.

Many patients experience positive results after their first session, but each individual patient responds in their own way. And of course, as with all therapies, results cannot be guaranteed. As a general guideline, we will know if acupuncture is going to help you within the first several treatments.

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.

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