During the appointment, we will work towards your own personal goals by focusing on your chief complaint. We can work on improving range of motion, alleviating pain and muscular tension, or improving your digestion, sleep, lower abdomen cramps, stress, and other internal organ functions as well.
Even if you are not currently experiencing any symptoms, we can help you rebalance your mind-body connection and improve your posture so you feel much more relaxed, clear-headed and focused. When you have a clear and focused mind, you can tackle your everyday tasks with much greater ease and enjoyment.
You may go ahead and book an appointment if you feel any of the following:
- Low back pain that is triggered whenever you are seated, standing, walking upstairs, lifting an object, or when you get up after being seated or sleeping for a long period of time.
- “Stiff” and sore muscles during intense physical activities like sports or low-intensity activities like yoga or aerobics.
- A persistent radiating or throbbing pain in your leg which might be a sign of sciatica, a pinched nerve, bulging disc or slipped disc.
- Chronic headaches whether they be frontal, migraines, sinus-related or tension.
- A stiff neck after sleeping in an unnatural position.
- Pain and “stiffness” that improve after vacation or long bouts of rest.
- Pain between your shoulder blades that doesn’t ever seem to go away.
- You are constantly straining or spraining your shoulders, ankles and wrists which may be a sign of carpal tunnel syndrome, frozen shoulder, and more.
- Persistent breathing issues or respiratory infections which may include asthma, COPD, common cold and flu.
- Pain and discomfort related to your menstrual cycle
- You recently fell, experienced whiplash or slipped and you are still experiencing pain
- You had a sports-related injury such as a sprained wrist, sprained ankle, a shoulder injury, tennis elbow, shin splints, Achilles tendon tears, or any other sports injury.
- A list of all medications, supplements and vitamins you are currently taking.
- Results of any tests you may have taken including but not limited to MRI, X-Ray, CT Scan, Blood Work, and more.
- Wear comfortable and appropriate clothing you can move freely in.
We will start the consultation with an open discussion about your areas of concern, your lifestyle, diet, and medical history. This is so that I can create the most effective and optimal treatment plan to address your complaint.
Beyond these “typical” questions, I will also ask seemingly non-related questions which will help me gain a better understanding of your body and how your complaint might be connected to something else that you may not have considered. This is called a “pattern of disharmony” and it is used in Traditional Chinese Medicine.
Step 2: Assessment
To identify the best treatment for your case, these are the three main methods I may use to assess your body:
I will ask you to stick your tongue out to observe its color, shape, topology and level of moisture. Although this may seem unusual to some, in Traditional Chinese Medicine, the tongue can be used to understand the state of the body and the health of internal organs.
I will gently place my fingers on your inner wrist to feel your pulse. There are a number of attributes to a pulse that reveal the state of someone’s health.
A channel reveals either the excess or deficiency of blood circulation through internal organs. An imbalance in “flow” can cause symptoms like rashes, discoloration, knots, tightness and tenderness.
When Channel Palpation is used in conjunction with the assessment of the pulse or the tongue, the practitioner is better able to identify the source of disharmony with greater accuracy and precision.
Range of Motion
I will ask you to do a series of various movements in order to assess your range of motion and mobility. I may also gently assess the body tissues related to your complaint.
The entire session will last 60-75 minutes.
- Acupuncture on an empty stomach may make you feel dizzy or nauseous. So be sure to eat a light meal least 60 minutes or a snack 30 minutes prior to treatment.
- Caffeine is a stimulant that heightens the sensitivity of your nervous system and speeds up your heart rate. For your own comfort, avoid caffeine both before and after your treatment.
- Avoid alcohol before and after treatment so that you can maintain your regular blood flow and natural biochemistry to avoid unpleasant reactions and for effective treatment to take place.
- Avoid physical or sexual activity prior to treatment to keep your body’s energy in its normal state.
- Remove makeup before treatment if possible.
- Be sure to answer all questions as accurately as possible.
- Speak up if you feel any pain or discomfort at any point during treatment.
- Ask for further details or clarifications if you are confused about your treatment plan or any instructions during treatment.
- Come prepared to cover your treatment fees and any other costs related to your treatment.
Acupuncture needles will be gently inserted about half inch to one inch into specific points of your body called “acupoints”. These insertions are fast and generally painless. Some patients report feeling slight sensations that can best be described as a muscle “jump”, warmth or a feeling at an area away from the facilitated acupoint.
Afraid of needles? Don’t fear! Acupuncture needles are not like the needles you see in the doctor’s office. They are very fine and flexible. In fact, 5-10 acupuncture needles can fit into just one needle you would typically see at your doctor’s office.
All acupuncture needles are sterile and single-use which means they are immediately disposed after your treatment.
The needles will remain inserted for about 15-45 minutes.
During this time, you can relax and enjoy the peaceful music playing in the background. Some patients briefly fall asleep during this period.
Whether the pain is acute or chronic, your overall health, your lifestyle and diet all contribute to your speed of results.
$40 fees apply to all appointments that are canceled with less than 24-hour notice, no notice or late arrivals of over 15 minutes after the scheduled appointment time.
Please keep in mind that late, cancelled and “no-show” appointments prevent others from seeking treatment and getting the care they deserve.