What to expect?
Initial acupuncture consultations involve a conversation about your condition, how it started and your overall health. Acupuncture is a holistic therapy, which means that we try to understand your condition as one aspect of your whole body.
We may also do a physical examination, including checking parts of your body, feeling your wrist pulse and looking at your tongue.
A diagnosis will be made according to traditional Chinese Medicine principles. Your acupuncture treatment will be discussed with you before we start.
A regular treatment consists of inserting fine needles into the skin all around the body including limbs, abdomen, back and (sometimes) head. Patients can feel a number of sensations usually described as tingling, numbness, heaviness, or warmth in the area being needled. Some patients feel no sensation at all.
Our practitioners work gently. If you feel any discomfort, we can make adjustments until you feel more comfortable.
Acupuncture is usually performed on patients when they are lying down. Patients tend to remain clothed while having treatment. The needles remain in approximately 20 minutes.
We may also speak with you about changes to make to your lifestyle – exercise, diet, emotional or behavioural. In some cases, we may recommend herbal supplements.
A combination of techniques may be used to address your specific needs including Needling (disposable, sterile, single use needles are used), Moxibustion and Cupping. In Acupuncture, the needle (almost hair thin) is tapped in through a guiding tube so you barely feel it going in. At their first treatment, most first timers are pleased to exclaim “that didn’t hurt at all”.
The initial consultation will last about 60 minutes. A follow up appointment will be similar, but with more focus on treatment. It will last about 45 minutes.
A course of treatments depends on the severity of the condition, and how long ago it started. We expect significant change in 4-6 weeks.