Acupuncture uses the ancient tradition of Chinese medicine and the belief that organ systems are connected through out the body in pathways called energy meridians. Acupuncturists work with fine needles to stimulate a healing response from your body. These energy pathways may be stagnated or blocked which give rise to pain, discomfort, disease, and emotional and spiritual instability. Specific points along the body, when stimulated by needle insertion can open up these meridians to allow for more blood flow and circulation to relieve pain and bring your body back into balance.
Your acupuncture treatments are personalized and can include a gentle or more a vigorous treatment.
Techniques used during your treatment can include acupuncture, cupping therapy, Gua Sha, Infra Red Moxibuxtion, Tuina Massage to achieve deeper relaxation and healing.
During the first acupuncture session, the acupuncturist will assess your general health. As each treatment is unique to the individual, this will facilitate the most effective treatment for each.
The investigative process will include questions relating to your current symptoms, past treatments, patient and family medical history, diet, digestive system, sleeping patterns and emotional health. Also, the pulse on both wrists will be taken to determine how energies are flowing in the body. As part of the diagnosis, the acupuncturist will assess the structure, color and coating of your tongue.
During this comprehensive evaluation, the practitioner will observe your emotions, voice and self-presentation. This will further aid in the diagnosis and development of a treatment that will assist in harmonizing your overall energy.
Specific acupuncture points will be chosen and the practitioner begins treatment. The first session may last up to two hours. Subsequent treatments will last approximately one hour. Dietary and other recommendations will be discussed at appropriate times throughout the treatment process.
Avoid brushing your teeth and tongue before treatment. Also, try not to consume beverages that may stain your tongue, such as coffee, gum and candies. A proper tongue diagnosis is very important as it leads to cues of possible imbalances.
Remove all jewelry. This will help the acupuncture in administering treatment.
Acupuncture usually lasts 20-30 minutes so it is important to use the bathroom prior to treatment.
Be honest with your acupuncturists when answering questions. All answers are confidential and aide in the diagnosis and treatment.
Do not consume alcoholic beverages before or after treatment
It is Important to use caution when your treatment is finished as treatments may cause you to become slightly dizzy.
After the treatment be sure to rest and relax for the remainder of the day. Do not participate in vigorous exercise and avoid direct exposure to wind and cold.
Be prepared to see some slight bruises from treatment
It is important to relax during your treatment. You will benefit most if you allow your mind and body to relax.