Your first treatment typically lasts up to 60 minutes and includes a thorough initial intake and evaluation. Follow up treatments typically last 30-45 minutes. It is best if you do not come to your appointment on an empty stomach. You should have something to eat beforehand. It does not have to be a full meal, it can be something small such as a piece of fruit.
If possible, please wear loose fitting clothing. Most of the needles will be placed on the arm and legs so we will need those areas exposed. We do have shorts for you to change into if you do not have loose fitting clothing.
We will start by you telling me about your main health concern. I will ask you questions such as: How long have you had it for? How does it effect you? How does it effect your everyday life? Have you received treatment for it and how did that go?
We will also do a checkup on your overall health. I will ask you questions about your sleep, energy levels, digestion system, bowels and more.
After we will come to a diagnosis on why you are having your main health concern. I'll discuss the treatment options to you which will include acupuncture frequency. It may also include herbal medicine and diet modifications. In Traditional Chinese Medicine, herbs are an essential part of the treatment. I will also discuss with you the herbal options available to you.
After the initial interview, you will taken to a treatment room and asked to lie down on a table. About 5-10 specific acupuncture points will be chosen for you. I will wipe them with alcohol to sterilize them and insert hair-thin needles. Usually the patient feels little or no discomfort. Afterwards, the needles will be left in for 30-45 minutes. The needles need to stay in the acu-points to generate healing and balance the body. Most people find the treatment very relaxing and many fall asleep. If you feel any discomfort, be sure to tell me so that I can make any necessary adjustments.
At the end of the rest, the needles are removed and we see how you feel after the session. We also review your treatment plan together. You can also ask any remaining questions that you may have.
*All patients will have my email to receive support or ask any questions that may come up.