SHOULD I SEE AN ACUPUNCTURIST?
I hear this all the time – “What do acupuncturist treat?”
Acupuncture can help with a long list of things that ail you – It can treat anything from:
- Allergic rhinitis (including hay fever)
- Depression and Anxiety
- Knee or ankle pain
- Low back pain
- Neck pain
- Rheumatoid arthritis
- Menstrual issues and PMS
…and this is just a fraction of them! How is this possible?
Acupuncturists get a ‘full picture’ on your first visit, asking all kinds of
questions that seem unrelated to what you’re experiencing like: your
menstrual cycle; what your bowel movements are like; how you sleep; if
you’re sensitive to hot or cold; and more. You’ll think it’s irrelevant. Oh, but
it’s not! In fact, we are like Columbo – the tiniest detail could help us solve
the puzzle of your case! It’s fascinating! First, I will ask about your health history and relevant questions. Then, examine your tongue’s shape, color, and coating, feel your pulse, and possibly perform some additional physical examinations depending on your individual health needs. Using these unique assessment tools, I will be able to recommend a proper treatment plan to address your particular condition.
How many treatments are appropriate for a person? Are 1 or 2 treatments
enough? Example: It could be chronic low back pain that a patient has
experienced for 20 years and just a few treatments within a month could help. If, on the other hand, it is a respiratory infection (something acute). That should clear should clear up sooner. The frequency and number of treatments differ from person to person. Some people experience dramatic relief in the first treatment. For complex or long-standing chronic conditions, one to two treatments per week for several months may be recommended. For acute problems, usually fewer visits are required, usually eight to ten visits in total. An individualized treatment plan that includes the expected number of treatments will be discussed during your initial visit and assessment.
Remember: “Healing from a longer term illness is a process.”
TALK TO YOUR ACUPUNCTURIST. It is ALL about communication! Sometimes it takes a few times to see or feel the results. Sometimes adjustments in the placement need to be made. Your communication is very important to me, so don’t hesitate to express your needs, frustrations, questions or concerns at any time. This enables me in my quest to be the best practitioner I can be and my clients are as happy as can be.