What to Expect During Your Treatment
During your first visit, a thorough, detailed evaluation will be completed, including your past medical and family history, general body systems, and lifestyle habits. We will work together to determine the nature of any symptoms you are experiencing, and a diagnosis will be made. We will discuss your individualized plan of care and course of treatment (including frequency and duration), and if you will receive your first treatment.
A combination of techniques and strategies will be utilized during your course of treatment. Your treatment plan will be highly individualized to your specific needs. Your treatment will include education in self care and may include a combination of the following:
- Acupuncture and non-needle acupuncture
- Orthopedic trigger point acupuncture
- Chinese herbal medicine prescription
- Chinese medical massage
- Conventional rehabilitation massage
- Therapeutic exercise and stretching
- Heat/ice, electrical stimulation, and cold laser therapy
- Pulsed Electromagnetic Frequency Therapy
- Tui-na, moxabustion, gua-sha and cupping
- Stress management and lifestyle counseling
- Breathing techniques and meditation
- Sleep hygiene education
- Dietary counseling
Your first visit will last approximately one hour and follow up visits last approximately 30 minutes. Treatment with acupuncture should be comfortable and most patients find it to be relaxing. Sterile, very fine, filiform (thread-like) needles will be gently and carefully inserted into the chosen acupuncture points. The needles used are always sterile and 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.