Q - What can I expect during treatment?
At an acupuncture consultation your particular health issues will be addressed. Cindy will answer questions you might have and determine an initial treatment plan. Then at the first visit, you will have a more complete exam and evaluation in addition to the initial acupuncture treatment.
Visits are usually 45 – 60 minutes, with initial visits lasting slightly longer. Tailoring treatment to you personally, various styles of acupuncture, infrared heat therapy, Chinese medical massage, cupping, moxabustion, exercises and diet and lifestyle counseling may be used. Chinese herbal formulas are often prescribed appropriately as an adjunct to acupuncture.
Q - Where are the points used?
A- The acu-points chosen are based on Chinese medical diagnosis and where you are experiencing a problem. There is most often a mix of local points and points located some distance away from what you may perceive as the problem area. The symptoms are addressed as well as the underlying causes of your health issues.
Q – Is acupuncture painful?
A- Acupuncture filaments are fine and flexible, no bigger in diameter than a human hair or fine piece of thread. Deftly inserted into an acu-point by a skilled acupuncturist, the slender needle produces little or no sensation at all. When the Chi or energy comes to the point, most patients experience a slight tingling sensation. First-time patients are usually pleasantly surprised at how comfortable they are during treatment. The pre-sterilized, hair-thin filaments are usually retained for 10 to 25 minutes. Most people feel very relaxed or even fall asleep during treatment, and wake up feeling refreshed.
Q – How long do treatments take?
A- Depending on your specific condition and treatment plan, each visit averages 45-60 minutes.
Q – How many treatments will I need?
A- Because every person’s health problems and response to treatment are unique, the number and frequency of treatments vary. At your consultation visit, Cindy will be able to make a recommendation for you. Typically, once to three appointments a week will be suggested in the beginning.
Q – What are the most common reasons people seek acupuncture treatment?
A- Pain & stress and anxiety relief are probably the 2 most common reasons people first contact an acupuncturist. Many times people feel immediate relief from just a few sessions. Often they are able to greatly reduce or stop the medications they are taking for those problems. Others come in because they have a health problem that is just not responding to other medical care. As Cindy says: we always go for the “magic”…and many times we get it!