How often should I plan on being treated with acupuncture?
“Let me explain to you how acupuncture works. Acupuncture works in a series of treatments. You can never have acupuncture treatments too close together, but you can have them too far apart. It works cumulatively and we want to continue building on your progress.”
“If we treat you today, but then before your next appointment, a week later, your symptoms slowly start to creep back in... so by the time we treat you again we’re at square one, then we went too far between the first appointments. We’ll be stuck in this see-saw of your symptoms improving, then getting worse, then improving, and getting worse. We don’t want this, we want your symptoms to slowly improve, and improve, and improve.”
“In order to accomplish this, I’ll need to see you twice a week for the first 1-2 weeks. After that as long as your symptoms are improving and staying at that level of improvement between appointments, then we’ll back off to once per week. As long as your symptoms continue to stay stable between appointments we’ll keep treating you once per week, but if they start to creep back in during that week then I want you to contact me and we’ll get you in the office ASAP for an appointment so we don’t lose ground on all of our progress.”
“Once the symptoms are basically gone, then we’ll go into tune up mode where I have my patient come in every 2-3 weeks to check in and I have all of my patients come in at least once per month for their tune up treatment.”
How long is the first appointment?
The first appointment will be an hour. I will be checking the overall state of your health and investigate your main complaint. A treatment strategy will be devised and then, I will perform the treatment. Lastly, I will make recommendations on any further treatments you might need.
Who performs my treatment?
Todd Fluck will be performing your treatment. You can read more about him here.
How can I take care of myself in between acupuncture visits?
- Strive for 8 hours of sleep per night.
- Eat a well-balanced diet of whole foods, fruits, veges and as little processed food as possible.
- Avoid sugary drinks, alcoholic beverages, foods and cigarettes as much as possible. These harm the overall health and immunity of your body.
- Exercise everyday. Make sure you recover between activities if you exercise intensely.
- Monitor your “self-talk”. Make sure your thoughts are healthy and positive.
- Get plenty of fresh air and sunlight.
- Adopt a restorative practice like yoga, meditation, or mindfulness.