A standard acupuncture treatment consists of the following components:
- We’ll have a conversation about your main concern, as well as a brief discussion about how the rest of your body is functioning. If it’s your first appointment, this discussion will be more extensive than in follow-up appointments.
- I’ll look at your tongue and take your pulse at your wrist. Depending on your complaint, I might do orthopedic or other simple clinical tests.
- Based on our conversation and my observations, I will create a diagnosis and treatment plan for you.
- You’ll then get comfortable lying on the massage-type table, with minimal removal of clothing (depending on what we are working on), and I will gently insert about 5-20 needles into your body.
- You’ll rest with the needles in for about 30 minutes – during which time many patients fall asleep.
- Depending on your needs, I may perform additional therapeutic modalities during your treatment, such as cupping, moxa, light massage, or helping you perform an exercise / stretch.
- When I remove the needles, we’ll talk about your homework for the week (stretches, nutritional changes, exercise goals, etc.), and whether I want to prescribe herbal medicine for you.
While you probably won’t be all fixed on day one, most people get up from the table feeling significantly relaxed, and will often experience immediate improvement of any discomfort or mood issues.