What to Expect
Your first visit will begin with an in-depth assessment of your condition and an initial treatment.
Treatments typically range from 40 to 50 minutes. During the assessment you may be asked about things that you might not think are connected to your chief complaint, such as your emotions, sleeping patterns, and eating habits. Chinese medicine considers the whole person, not just one isolated symptom. When put together, all of the symptoms and signs you are experiencing reveal patterns of disharmony. Although treatment will focus on your chief complaint, your whole being must be considered in order to develop the most appropriate course of treatment. Chinese medicine is unique in that it appreciates that illnesses may be identical, but the persons suffering from them are individuals.
During your treatment, I make sure to create and maintain a serene, comfortable and relaxed environment. Comfort in positioning, room temperature, and even music are very important. Treatment modalities include: acupuncture, auriculotherapy, herbology, moxibustion, cupping, nutritional, diet, and supplementation therapy. It is recommended that you wear loose comfortable clothing to your treatment.
After treatment your relief may be immediate, delayed for a few hours, or even develop after one to three days. The relief may last for a few hours on the first visit and then last longer with each successive treatment, or relief may last from the first treatment until your next visit. Individual response to treatment varies. Side effects are rare. On these occasions, one's original symptoms may briefly get worse, or "flare-up," after a treatment. A flare-up typically occurs later on the day of your treatment and should only last for a few hours. It is similar to a cold getting worse before it gets better. After a flare-up, your symptoms should begin to improve.
My patients' needs are of utmost importance and I am committed to meeting those needs. As a result, a high percentage of my business is from repeat customers and referrals. I welcome the opportunity to earn your trust and deliver a very comfortable and relaxing acupuncture experience.
Nanette L. Hale