Initial visits generally last from 30 to 60 minutes. Your acupuncturist will take a detailed health history, perform a physical exam, and provide you with your unique treatment plan.
During your first exam, your acupuncturist will spend time getting to know you and your health concerns. You may be asked a wide range of questions about your symptoms, eating, exercise, sleep habits, emotional states and anything that may offer insight into your health.
Your practitioner may employ diagnostic tools that are unique to acupuncture such as tongue and pulse diagnosis.
Your treatment plan
Once your acupuncturist has gathered enough information, he will explain your treatment plan and answer any questions you might have.
Getting the most out of treatment
For the best treatment results, keep a few things in mind:
- Please show up on time
- Wear loose, comfortable clothes
- Be sure to discuss any questions or concerns with your acupuncturist
- Refrain from overexertion for at least six hours after treatment
- Follow your treatment plan between visits
- Keep all of your appointments, as each visit builds upon the previous ones
During a treatment, very thin, solid, hairlike needles are inserted at specific points on the body. We call these acupuncture points, and the stimulation of these points affect both the central and peripheral nervous systems. It triggers the release of the body’s internal chemicals such as endorphins and enkephalins, which have pain-relieving properties. Your acupuncturist will concentrate on acupuncture points related to specific organs, based on your unique issues and symptoms.
Your role in the healing process
Your actions are a key component of your treatment plan. Focusing on your health and committing to a healthy lifestyle are the best steps you can take for your well-being.
Acupuncture is not an instant fix
True healing takes time and dedication. Depending on your current health and symptoms, you could feel better right away, or you may need several treatments to achieve the results you want. Your acupuncturist can give you an idea of what to expect.
Acupuncture offers a safe and effective holistic health care system. This natural approach can both resolve symptoms and enhance your overall health.
By taking the right steps and planting the seeds of health, you are on the road to a healthier you!