What should I expect?
Your acupuncture treatment will start with a conversation about you and your concerns and goals for treatment. I will do my best to address those concerns and give you some idea of how long it will take to improve or resolve your issue. While it is typical for clients to feel better after a few sessions, I believe honesty is the best policy, and I will never ask you to pay for endless treatments that may only be marginally fruitful.
After we discuss your needs and objectives, I will formulate a “prescription” of acupuncture points on your body where the needles will be inserted. You will be asked to lay on a massage table for your treatment. Fine, hair-thin needles will be inserted at various points on your body. After all the needles are place, they are usually retained for 30 minutes.
How much time will the appointment take?
You should plan for 90 minutes for your first treatment and 60 minutes for follow-ups.
Does it hurt?
Usually, there is no pain, but you may feel a dull, heavy, or achy sensation at the needle site, and occasionally it will feel a bit pinchy, but that is the exception rather than the rule.
You will never be forced to complete a treatment, and if you feel the need to stop at any time because of discomfort, or any other reason, all you have to do is ask, and we will end the treatment.
Are you going to lecture me about lifestyle?
I believe in treating all people fairly and without judgement about what they can or cannot achieve as that pertains to diet, exercise or other treatments being used, including conventional medicine. While I believe everyone should do their best to eat well, get regular exercise and sleep, and avoid unhealthy habits or overly strong medicine, I do not believe it is appropriate to expect everyone to attain unrealistic health perfection. Everybody is different, and everyone has unique and often challenging life situations, and those differences will be respected. I will, however, broach difficult subjects with you, such as weight loss or addiction recovery, if I think it is in your best interest.
What Conditions Can Acupuncture Treat?
Following is a short list of conditions I feel confident treating. Fee free to contact me to ask if I can help you with something else.
- Addiction/recovery support
- Arthritis, osteo or rheumatoid
- Bell’s Palsy
- Carpal tunnel syndrome and other repetitive strain injuries
- Chronic illnesses such as asthma, MS
- Chronic pain
- Digestive conditions: inflammatory bowel disease, Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis, irritable bowel syndrome, etc.
- Low back pain
- Menopause symptoms
- Musculoskeletal issues, post-surgery healing and rehab
- Neck pain
- Neuromuscular conditions
- Smoking cessation
- Stress related conditions