WHAT CAN ACUPUNCTURE BE USED TO TREAT?
Acupuncture is a part of the Traditional Chinese Medical system, dating back over 3,000 years. According to both ancient texts and the World Health Organization, acupuncture can be used to treat a wide-variety of health conditions, including, but not limited to musculoskeletal issues, infertility, nausea, headache, depression and anxiety.
IS ACUPUNCTURE PAINFUL?
Acupuncture does produce sensation upon insertion, but it DOES NOT have to be painful! In fact, many patients don’t feel the needles at all. Stimulation techniques can be varied depending on patient’s preference for more or less sensation.
As a practitioner licensed by the Minnesota Medical Board and with Clean Needle Technique certification, I use single use, sterile, and thin metal needles for insertion.
Patients feel a range of affects around the insertion sites of the needle, from tingling, warmth, muscular soreness, and occasionally minor discomfort. In any cases of minor discomfort the needle can be immediately removed.
WHAT SHOULD I EXPECT ON THE FIRST TREATMENT?
The first treatment is 90-minutes and follow-ups are 60-75 minutes, depending on the service selected. There will be a small amount of paperwork to email me before arriving for your first appointment.
The initial intake process is a collection of your health history, and a review of health systems based on both a Chinese and Western medical inquiry perspective. I will also look at your tongue and pulse as additional diagnosing tools. No need to brush your tongue before hand, in fact, it’s best if you do not! Let there be no tongue shame!
The treatment will take place after the intake process, and will include acupuncture and therapeutic techniques for relaxation. It’s ideal to come in comfortable, loose clothing, and to have had a light snack to satisfy your tummy. For patient’s who have never received acupuncture before or who are needle sensitive, we will take the process slowly until you are fully comfortable with the needles. It’s my job to help you relax and restore.
After the initial treatment, each patient will receive a report of findings with a Chinese Medicine diagnosis, aftercare, treatment plan and goals. We will continue to assess the progress of your treatment goals and outcomes at follow-ups.