Frequently asked questions
What to expect from a treatment
An acupuncture treatment will generally last 40-60 minutes, with the exception of our first meeting which may take a little longer as we get to know each other and get a clear sense of our goals in working together. A treatment will generally begin with checking in for a few minutes, followed by an exam in which the practitioner will feel the pulse, examine the tongue, and assess pain and mobility. This will help decide the course of treatment for the day. Once the acupuncture needles are in and you are comfortable, you will rest for about 30 minutes. At this point most people often find themselves feeling very relaxed and will take a nap. If appropriate, the session may finish with some massage work and/or movement therapy. We may also discuss herbs, rehabilitation exercises, as well as dietary and lifestyle advice for you to work with at home.
How long does it take to see results?
This depends on what we’re treating and how long the condition has been present.
- Minor acute injuries can usually be resolved in just a few treatments
- Major or chronic injuries can take closer to 10-12 treatments to see results
- For severe long-term issues we may expect it to take up to 20 sessions to see lasting resolution of symptoms.
During our first session together we will have a discussion about your treatment plan. This plan acts as an understanding between patient and practitioner and is an important part of our work together. A clear treatment plan draws out a roadmap towards success and outlines a clear goal of what we are trying to achieve. Moving forward, it will help us work together as we assess how you are feeling and if we are making progress towards that goal.
What does acupuncture feel like?
People report a variety of sensations upon insertion of needles, including: dull ache, heaviness, soreness, tingling, and warmth. Occasionally you may feel a quick pinch when the needle is first inserted. Overall, once the needles are inserted people often feel a deep sense of relaxation, and many even fall asleep during the treatment. It is always encouraged that you communicate if there is any strong discomfort. I will always listen and work to make your treatment as comfortable an experience, as possible.
Do you do dry needling?
Yes, we do. Dry needling, often referred to as trigger point therapy, can be an effective therapy for restoring proper function and strength to inhibited muscles. This can help with pain and weakness in the body, as well as play an important role in injury recovery. when appropriate dry needling will be utilized in conjunction with acupuncture and other manual therapies, such as tui na, cupping and gua sha.
How should I prepare for my treatment?
You do not need to do much to prepare for a treatment. It is asked that you eat a light meal before coming in and to wear loose comfortable clothing.