Acupuncture works best 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 your next appointment is a week later, and in the meantime your symptoms slowly start to creep back in, then we went too long between appointments, and you’re back at square one. 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 keep improving and maintaining those gains between appointments, 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 you’ll come in every 2-3 weeks to check in. I have all of my patients come in at least once per month for their tune-up treatment.
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.
Todd Fluck will be performing your treatment. You can read more about him here.
Strive for 8 hours of sleep per night.
Eat a well-balanced diet of whole foods, fruits, and veggies, and as little processed food as possible.
Avoid sugary drinks, alcoholic beverages, processed foods, and cigarettes as much as possible. These harm the overall health and immunity of your body.
Exercise every day. Make sure you recover between activities if you exercise intensely.
Monitor your “self-talk,” making sure your thoughts are healthy and positive.
Get plenty of fresh air and sunlight.
Adopt a restorative practice like yoga, meditation, or mindfulness.
Many of the most important acupuncture points are below the elbows and knees. Clear access to the spine, abdomen, and upper back and shoulders is important, too. Wear loose, comfortable clothing. If the removal of clothing is necessary, massage-style draping with sheets is possible.
As a rule, no, acupuncture does not hurt. Occasionally, there may be transient sensations of discomfort. Most discomfort passes in a matter of seconds. If there is any discomfort that does not pass quickly, tell the acupuncturist and they will adjust or remove the needles as necessary.
The initial visit will be a solid hour. Follow-up visits range from 40-50 minutes depending on how long you wish to relax with the acupuncture treatment. Typically it takes about 10-20 minutes to perform the treatment and then most people relax for 20-30 minutes afterwards. Often, some additional therapies like myofascial therapy, cupping, or guasha will be performed afterwards.
Visiting the acupuncturist on a regular, monthly basis will not only help keep your physical health intact, it will also help keep your mind and emotions healthy.
Acupuncture care is important because it:
Supports wellness, enhances mood, and serves as preventative medicine for the mind and body.
Helps to regulate and support normal body rhythms, cycles, and functions.
Strengthens the immune system, which means less down time with colds and the flu.
Decreases chronic pain by normalizing pain signals and reducing inflammation.
Enhances sleep quality, which is the most important aspect of health and wellness.
Improves digestion, reduces reflux, and regulates elimination.
For maintenance and prevention reasons, the answer is yes. The body is always fighting to stay in equilibrium. Acupuncture helps the body to maintain this state of balance. It’s easier and more comfortable to maintain health than to try to rehabilitate injury and sickness. Monthly or bimonthly wellness visits are recommended for maintaining optimum health. This is especially important if you are stressed, not sleeping well, aren’t eating right, or don’t exercise adequately.