What To Expect
Your first visit will consist of some quick paperwork to get us started followed by an in depth conversation to determine your overall health pattern. Don't be surprised if you are asked questions that seem unrelated to your main complaint. What makes Traditional Chinese Medicine so effective is that we rely on details about your overall health in addition to information about your primary complaint to determine your personalized treatment. Following our conversation we will take your pulse and examine your tongue, both of which are tools used uniquely in Chinese medicine to give a picture of your complete condition.
After our consultation, we will design a treatment protocol based on what is needed and appropriate for you and your particular situation. It is best to wear comfortable loose fitting clothing as treatment will require access to points in different locations around your body.
Most people's first question is "Does acupuncture hurt?" First let us mention that acupuncture needles are tiny! They are nothing like the hypodermic needles we are all so well acquainted with. Up to 10 acupuncture needles can fit inside the hole of a hypodermic needle. Not only are acupuncture needles much smaller than hypodermic needles, they are solid and have a rounded tip unlike the the sharp angled tip of a hypodermic needle.
What this all means is that the insertion of an acupuncture needle is virtually pain free. You may find that you get a heavy, deep, dull ache around the needles after they are inserted, this SHOULD NOT be a painful sensation, but can seem unusual to those who have never had acupuncture before. Most people actually find their acupuncture visits to be very relaxing and enjoyable.
In addition, we may, with your permission, utilize other treatment approaches including Tui Na, cupping, moxibustion, and Chinese herbal medicine.
After the Treatment
Many people have relief from symptoms immediately after treatment and most people leave their treatment visit feeling relaxed and refreshed. Most people want to know "How many treatments until I'm better?" Treatment duration and frequency will really depend on your individual condition. We will discuss this during your initial consultation and together make a plan for successful relief of your symptoms.
Follow-up visits involve a shorter conversation to check in with how you are doing followed by treatment. At each visit we will assess your progress together and adjust treatment appropriately.