Acupuncture: What to Expect

This is where the fun and relaxation begins.  After your initial evaluation, you will be provided with a holisitic plan of care designed specifically for you.  Your treatment may include Acupuncture, Cupping, Tui Na (Oriental Massage), Infared heat and/or Moxibustion.  Kellie Osmon, MS, L.Ac. will determine which combination of therapies will benefit your specific health concerns and administer them in our comfortable, relaxing environment with dimmed lights and soothing music.  You are sure to leave your treatment feeling refreshed and ready to face the world.

Frequently Asked Questions about Acupuncture

How many treatments will I need?

The number of treatments will vary from person to person. Some people experience immediate relief; others may take weeks or months to see results. Generally speaking, chronic conditions usually take longer to resolve than acute ones. A course of treatment is considered 10-12 treatments within a 5-8 week period of time. You should begin to see results within the first 3 treatments unless it is a more complicated condition like allergies or chronic back pain. Many treatable conditions can be resolved within 15 treatments.

What should I do before and after my treatment?

– Wear loose, comfortable clothing for easy access to acupuncture points. Sweatpants or shorts and a loose fitting shirt are ideal.

– Rarely, lightheadedness may occur during your treatment. As a precaution, have a small snack before your visit. Stay well hydrated before and after treatment.

– Refrain from overexertion, working out, drugs or alcohol for at least 6 hours after your treatment. If you are being treated for pain be careful not to overuse the treated area even if it is feeling better.

– Between visits, take notes of any changes that may have occurred, such as alleviation of pain or symptoms, a change in the location of pain, or changes in frequency or intensity of symptoms.

Why would my acupuncturist recommend herbs or supplements?

Supplementation can be a powerful and sometimes necessary part of your acupuncture care. It can give your body access to the building blocks needed to facilitate faster healing. Acupuncture aims to stimulate your bodies natural healing processes, but if your body is lacking the tools it needs healing can be delayed or even halted.

How frequently should I schedule acupuncture sessions?

Acupuncture is a therapy used to gradually change the abnormal flow of energy (also seen as imbalanced nervous or hormonal processes). Progress occurs more slowly in the acute phases of your condition and eventually builds in efficacy as the treatments gain a cumulative effect. In acute phases treatment may be recommended as frequently as 2 to 3 times per week however depending on the condition you will be given a treatment schedule to best accommodate your needs.

Are acupuncture needles safe?

Acupuncture needles are completely safe. Our sterile needles are individually packaged and sealed for one time use. After the needles are inserted they are promptly removed and placed in a hazardous waste container for disposal. Our clinic always maintains the highest standards in safety and cleanliness for your comfort and peace of mind.

Are there different styles of acupuncture?

Yes there are many different styles of acupuncture. Treatments can vary extensively from one clinic to another and even within the same clinic. Often various needling styles and treatment locations are implemented with the goal of treating the same condition. The selection of treatment style used is based upon an acupuncturists training, the patient being treated and clinical expertise.