ACUPUNCTURE FAQ'S

WHAT CONDITIONS CAN ACUPUNCTURE HELP ALLEVIATE?

Whether it's pain, digestive issues, lowered immune system, insomnia, stress, weight loss, or general vitality, acupuncture is great at improving most conditions you would see your primary care physician for.  

 

The beauty of our medicine is that we focus on balancing ALL of the systems at work within your body to create a well-functioning, well-oiled machine.  Stress on one system (ex: nervous system) will begin to affect the other systems of your body... for example:  mental stress may affect your diet, causing digestive problems. Or... the opposite could happen; you experience bloating, gas, or IBS which then causes mental stress leading to chest tightness, anxiety, heart palpitations, neck tension, and so on.  One system eventually compensates for another.  

Contact me to see if I can assist you with your ailment.

 

WHAT IS A TYPICAL ACUPUNCTURE TREATMENT LIKE?

Upon arrival, we'll discuss your primary concerns and goals for your acupuncture treatments. If I think I can help you, I will give you my recommended treatment plan.  Each person has a different ailment and constitution so the treatment plan varies from one person to the next. For example, complex or chronic conditions will generally need a longer and more frequent treatment plan than someone who's only had their dis-'ease' for a week or two.

 

The actual needle insertion process takes only a minute or two and is relatively painless. Some areas such as the hands or feet can be more sensitive, however they also tend to be very energetically powerful.  If there are any intense sensations, they generally go away within a few seconds and you will feel a calming, relaxing feeling throughout your body.  

 

You will relax with the needles in for 20-30 minutes and leave in a state of post-acu bliss. 

 

Patients often feel very relaxed after acupuncture so it is advised not to plan any strenuous tasks, (mental or physical), for immediately after the treatment. 

DO'S AND DONT'S FOR ACUPUNCTURE TREATMENTS

DO

  • Fill out your New Patient Paperwork as soon as you receive it. Upon booking the appointment it is automatically emailed to you. It's important we have this information prior to your appointment to become familiar with your case and to check insurance benefits if necessary

  • Have a little something to eat before the treatment

  • Try to wear loose clothing if possible. If you can't or forget, no big deal, I can drape you with a towel or choose other points.

  • Arrive 5 min early and avoid rushing so you can ease into your treatment

  • Let me know if you have alcohol, tobacco or caffeine in your system (these affect your diagnostic signs and should be avoided immediately before your treatment)

  • Be honest with me about your condition, lifestyle, habits.....  it's harder to help when I'm not being told the whole truth.  As a team, we will start at whatever level you are at to find opportunities to improve  This is a space of healing and growth without judgement

  • Turn off your cell phone during the treatment, this is an hour to honor and benefit you, the world can wait, I promise. 

  • Give 24 hour cancellation to the best of your ability, I'm reserving this time for you and it limits availability for others, like you, in need of healing

  • Drink plenty of room temperature water before and after your treatment

  • Pay attention to your body, notice any changes and whether they improve, increase, or vary from the norm (pain, bowel movements, energy level, falling or staying asleep, stress level, appetite or food cravings, etc)

  • Follow herb, supplement or diet recommendations as prescribed.  Believe it or not, herbs and supps only work if you take them!  

 

DON'T

  • Move your body with needles in (unless I ask you to), this isn't just painful but can be very dangerous.

  • Overexert yourself mentally or physically (no working out, stressful work requirements) for 2 hours after the treatment.

  • Consume drugs or alcohol the day of your treatment.

  • Swim or bathe for an hour after your treatment.

If you've tried everything and other treatments:

A)  are not resolving the problem

B)  have significant side effects  

then acupuncture is worth a try.