Frequently Asked Questions.
How does Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine work?
We begin by looking at the body as a whole. When imbalance in the body arises many signs and symptoms start to surface. These signs and symptoms are like little pieces to a puzzle. We groups these pieces together to form a pattern. These patterns form the basis for our diagnosis. We then formulate a strategy and treatment plan utilizing acupuncture and herbal medicine to restore balance within your body.
Does Acupuncture hurt?
Acupuncture treatments generally speaking do not hurt. At most you may feel a slight pick when the needle pierces the skin and in most cases you will not feel anything at all. Once the needles are inserted the location may feel sore and achy or have a dull pressure. These are all normal sensations and in most cases it is a sign that your body is beginning to respond to the treatment.
What clothes should I wear to my treatment?
For your treatment it is best to wear loose fitting clothes. Easy access to arms, shoulders, legs and knees are a must. However in some situations we will require to get to other areas of the body such as upper and lower back, the gluteus and the stomach, in which case we will provide you with a paper gown and towel.
What will my first visit be like?
You initial visit begins with a one hour detailed consultation. We will discuss your current health concerns, review your health history, perform a physical exam and orthopedic tests as related to your case, we will use Chinese pulse and tongue diagnosis to complete the exam. In most cases your acupuncture treatment will follow your consultation the same day.
How many treatments will I need?
It really depends on the reason for your visit. Something like tennis elbow may respond well to 2 or 3 acupuncture treatments. A more chronic condition will require a longer course of treatment. This will all be discussed with you during your initial visit. However, most pain patients do begin to see a reduction in pain and improved range of motion with in 1 to 3 treatments.
Can Acupuncture treat anything besides pain?
Everyone knows that acupuncture can treat pain but, did you know that second to treating pain acupuncture is great at reducing stress and anxiety. Insomnia, depression, digestion gastrointestinal issues and menstrual irregularities are just a few of the other areas acupuncture and herbal medicine can help improve your health.