What to Expect
Even though the practice of acupuncture has been around for over two thousand years, it is fairly new to us in the West. Many people often wonder what to expect during their first treatment, and many are often scared that acupuncture might hurt. At our clinic, we use very thin needles that are about as thin as a strand of thread or thinner than a sewing needle. The insertion is almost always pain-free, and if there is any discomfort, it is only a momentary pinching sensation that quickly dissipates. Once the needles are in, most patients can feel a variety of feelings ranging from: the movement of energy in their body, extreme relaxation, the dissipation of pain, etc.
Before Your First Acupuncture Treatment
Before you come in for your first Acupuncture treatment, please keep in mind the following:
*In Chinese Medicine we use the tongue as a diagnostic tool, so please refrain from scraping your tongue or eating foods that will stain the
coat of your tongue.
coat of your tongue.
*We often use points that are on the lower arms and legs, so wearing loose fitting clothes will help your practitioner to easily access points in these areas.
*Try not to come in on an empty stomach or just after a big meal.
*Please keep in mind that you will most likely see results after the first treatment, but further treatments will likely be necessary to further improve your condition.
Your First Consultation
During your first consultation, you will be asked many different questions ranging from "How are your energy levels?" to questions on your digestion and bowels. These questions will help your practitioner understand how your body and mind are functioning, which will help us to come up with a diagnosis and treatment plan.
Each treatment plan is individualized and unique for each patient, because just as every person is unique, every patient will have had a slightly different road to the same disease. So even if you were referred by someone with the same disease or diagnosis by a Western Doctor, results may be seen quicker or it may take longer in certain cases. This is all because we are trying to solve the root cause of disease instead of treating the symptoms of disease.
Your Individual Health Assesment
At your first visit and along your health care journey we will use a computer assesment. Acugraph is the premiere measurement tool of its type on the market today. It provides a fast and efficient exam, intelligent analysis, the most advanced treatment options, and allows your healthcare practitioner to easily track your progress. You will see your health care picture on the computer after the assesment and your healthcare practitioner will explain where your problem areas are and how we can address them with Oriental Medicine. We insist on providing the highest quality care, and this is the most important reason we have chose the Acugraph system.
Treatment Plan and Treatments
Once your practitioner has diagnosed you, they will also come up with a personalized treatment plan for you. These treatment plans will include: an estimated number of acupuncture treatments needed for your condition to improve, herbs, and diet and lifestyle modifications.
Besides acupuncture, treatments will often be supplemented with other modalities which can include:
*Cupping - a technique in which glass cups with a vacuum seal are placed on the skin to improve circulation, reduce muscle knots and tension in a local area
*Tuina - is a Chinese Medical Massage, and is used to relieve muscle tension, calm emotions and activate acupuncture points.
*Gua Sha - is a technique that involves the vigorous rubbing of the skin in a local area to improve circulation and function.
*Reiki - is a Japanese technique that involves energy. It is used to reduce stress, and promote healing and relaxation.
*Ear/Auricular Therapy - is a microsystem that is similar to the microsystems used in hand/foot reflexology
Each one of these extra modalities are added on at no extra cost.
After Your Treatment
After your first treatment, most people often feel relaxed, sleepy, and calm. Some patients may also feel a little disoriented because of the sometimes drastic, reduced levels of pain, stress, anxiety, etc. It is also advised that after your treatment, you refrain from drinking alcohol or engaging in vigorous exercise for at least a few hours.
Also, if you do receive Gua Sha or Cupping during your treatment, you will have some temporary red marks on your skin which will dissipate in a few days.