How many appointments should I schedule?
“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.”
Alyssa Dazet, Dipl.OM, LA.c.