Your first appointment includes a full consultation followed by acupuncture treatment, sometimes an additional modality may be included to enhance the effects of treatment. Each person differs in their response to treatment and depending on the symptoms some may require more treatment than others. As a general rule, it is recommended to prepare for a course of 4/5 weekly sessions at which point we can review your progress and discuss reducing the frequency of treatments.
At your first appointment, we will discuss your main complaint and medical history followed by an overview of your entire health and well-being. After the consultation, I will perform a couple of short diagnostic tests to form a Chinese Medical diagnosis and treatment plan tailored to your needs.
Acupuncture consists of the insertion of fine needles into a selection of acupuncture points chosen specifically for your Chinese Medical diagnosis. The needles are about as thick as two human hairs, and there is usually only a very slight sensation as it enters the skin. Sometimes patients feel a dull ache at the acupuncture point but this only lasts for a few seconds and is generally not considered to be uncomfortable.
Moxibustion is a form of heat therapy in which dried plant materials called “moxa” are burned on or very near the surface of the skin. The intention is to warm and invigorate the flow of Qi in the body and dispel certain pathogenic influences. Moxa comes in a variety of forms from loose to compressed into sticks. The sticks are commonly used to aid in turning a breech baby.
Cupping involves the placement of plastic or glass cups onto the skin, using suction to decompress the area of discomfort. Cupping increases blood circulation to the area which helps relieve muscle tension and can improve overall blood flow to the injured area.
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