Acupuncture is the insertion of very fine, sterile, single-use needles into specific points on the body to stimulate its natural healing capabilities and to regulate imbalances that cause malaise and disease.
Acupuncture needles are small, thin, and flexible, like a cat’s whisker. Our practitioners are trained to insert needles quickly, smoothly, and with a gentle technique to facilitate patient comfort. Once a needle is inserted, it is common to feel some unique sensations such as a warm, spreading, or heavy sensation, which many patients find to be pleasant. Your practitioner will stay in communication with you to ensure that you have a comfortable and relaxing experience. You will typically have 20-30 minutes to lie still and rest.
During your first appointment, we take focused time to do an in-depth consultation regarding the details of your health. This helps us to formulate an individualized treatment surrounding your personal health pattern.
At return visits, your practitioner will continue to modify and customize your treatment plan based on how you responded to your previous treatment, and any new changes that has arisen. A typical course of care consists of 6-8 treatments. Appointments last for 60 minutes.
Any number of various adjunctive therapies (described below) may be included in your acupuncture treatment at no additional cost! Adjunctive therapies include: Cupping, Gua Sha, Tui Na, Moxibustion, Dietary Therapy, and Qi Gong. Your practitioner will discern which therapies will best combine to promote your healing.
Patients are advised to wear loose, comfortable clothing to their appointments, and should plan to eat something an hour or so before their appointment so the stomach is not too empty or too full.
CuppingGlass cups are used on the skin to create suction which brings and moves blood in an area, and relieves muscle tension. Over specific acupuncture points, cupping can improve digestive and respiratory discomfort. Sometimes, Slide Cupping will be employed, which involves moving the cup while suction is maintained in order to relieve muscle tension.
Gua ShaGua Sha is a style of Chinese instrument assisted soft tissue work using a porcelain spoon. It is used, along with an emollient, to break up adhesions in the body and relieve pain. Adhesions consist of fascia and connective tissue that become stuck, which can cause pain and impairment of free movement.
Tui NaTui Na is a type of massage/bodywork that applies pressure to different areas of the body using specific techniques that help assist your acupuncture treatment and to relieve pain.
MoxibustionMoxibustion is the burning of a non-toxic Chinese herb commonly known as mugwort. It is performed over specific acupuncture points or areas of pain to provide a warming input. It regulates the digestive system, boosts the immune system, alleviates pain, and calms the mind.
Dietary TherapyOur team will first address your diet by having you fill out a diet log that represents about 1 week of typical eating habits. This therapy is applicable whether you are trying to discover a particular food sensitivity, lose weight, improve digestion, or simply feel better after meals. We will analyze your diet and make individualized suggestions based on a synthesis of our training in both biomedical nutrition and TCM dietary theory. Our advice may range from small suggestions to creating an entire meal plan, depending on your goals and needs.
Qi GongQi gong is a meditative movement practice that acts to improve blood flow, mental function, emotional stability, immunity, and more. It is a way for you to engage with your acupuncture and sinew channels outside of the office. Your practitioner may recommend one or two medical qi gong movements for you to do at home. You will be taught the postures and/or movements in office, typically at the end of your appointment.