What to expect?
Acupuncture needles are fine filiform needles (solid, not hollow like a hypodermic needle) about the width of a strand of hair. Needles are inserted into the skin at various acupoints at a depth of .25-1.5 inches depending on the area of the body. The sensation of a needle can vary from person to person and is generally a gentle feeling, but it can be accompanied by sensations of pinching, heaviness, aching, or light throbbing. These sensations generally fade as the treatment progresses. Most needles are left in for about 30 minutes or more as the acupuncture session finds a harmonious conclusion. An acupuncture session may be accompanied by other techniques used in traditional Asian medicine such as:
Moxibustion: the burning of Ai Ye (mugwort herb) directly on the skin or above the skin for warming or for acupoint stimulation
Cupping: the application of small globe shaped cups to the skin applied with suction to providerelief for areas of muscular tension and other conditions.
Gua sha: Repetitive gliding of a small rounded edge tool on the skin used to release excess conditions of the fascia and tissue as well as certain internal conditions.
Tuina: Chinese body work technique involving the pressing, pushing, and stretching of muscleand soft tissue for relief of orthopedic issues performed with the patient fully clothed.
Acupuncture is most effective when performed in a series of treatments. Depending on the nature of the individual and severity of the condition being treated, this may be anywhere from 1-3 treatments per week for an initial period of 1-6 months, followed by a maintenance period of weekly, biweekly or monthly treatments. Discussion of the appropriate frequency of treatment for your condition is discussed in the first appointment and is an ongoing evaluation depending on the individual’s response to treatment.
New patient appointment
The initial appointment is 1 ½ hours in length. About 30-45 minutes is spent in assessing health history and personal constitution and thorough assessment of what brings you in. The remainder of the first visit is spent on the initial treatment.
A typical session lasts 50 min. The intake is much shorter as a comprehensive history has been taken in the initial session and most of the time is occupied by the treatment itself.
Please wear loose, comfortable clothing that can be rolled up giving access to points on the arms and legs. Skirts, gym shorts, sleeveless shirts is attire that can help have the most ease of access to a greater number of points on the body. Make sure that you have eaten in the last 4 hours and are well hydrated for your appointment.
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