TRADITIONAL CHINESE MEDICINE and ACUPUNCTURE

INITIAL ASSESSMENT AND TREATMENT

 

WHAT TO EXPECT AT YOUR INITIAL ASSESSMENT

The initial assessment is where we get to know each other, and this is what you can expect:

  • We will ask you A LOT of Questions - this knowledge will help us assess your overall health

  • The questions will relate to your current symptoms, past treatments, patient and family medical history, diet, digestive system, sleeping patterns and emotional health

  • Your pulse will be taken on both wrists

  • We will look at your tongue

  • After this, all the data will be pulled together to come up with a treatment plan

  • We will discuss your treatment options, and chose the most appropriate treatment plan for you

  • You will receive your first treatment (i.e., acupuncture and/or cupping)

BEFORE YOUR INITIAL ASSESSMENT/TREATMENT

  • Write down and bring any questions you have, as we are here to help you

  • For a proper tongue diagnosis:

    • Avoid brushing your tongue before treatment

    • Try not to consume beverages that may stain your tongue, such as coffee and candies

  • Do not eat large meals just before or after your visit, however, a small snack is recommended

  • Be honest when answering questions, all answers are confidential and aide in your treatment

  • Our treatment sessions are minimally 30 minutes in length so please use the bathroom prior

  • Do not consume alcoholic beverages before or after treatment

AFTER YOUR INITIAL ASSESSMENT/TREATMENT

  • Slowly get up from the table as you could feel slightly light-headed and/or dizzy

  • DRINK PLENTY of WARM to HOT WATER to help eliminate toxins out of the body

  • Avoid using Ice and Cold packs as they will slow the progress made during the treatment

  • We recommend that you try to relax after so you can feel the whole benefit of each treatment

  • Pay attention to your Emotions – some people can feel a bit more emotional or more sensitive after so be kind to yourself and allow any emotions to come up so it can then be released

  • Between visits, take note of any changes that may have occurred, so you can report back to your acupuncturist at your next appointment

ACUPUNCTURE TREATMENT

 

WHAT IS ACUPUNCTURE?

Acupuncture works by stimulating your body’s natural energy flow, this flow nourishes the body and allows it to function smoothly and efficiently.  Any disruption or blockage of the flow of energy could result in an unbalance in the body (ie. decrease function or pain).  Acupuncture aims to correct this flow of energy, and thereby restore function and balance within the body. 

COMMON USES FOR ACUPUNCTURE

  • Mental-Emotional: Anxiety, Depression, Stress, Insomnia

  • Respiratory System: Acute Bronchitis, Asthma, Sinusitis, Common Cold, Allergies

  • Gastro-intestinal Disorders: Acid Reflux, Gastritis, Ulcer (pain relief), Constipation, Diarrhea

  • Neurological and Musculoskeletal Disorders: Headache and migraine, Trigeminal neuralgia (TMJ), Peripheral neuropathies, Bedwetting, “Frozen shoulder”, “Tennis elbow”, Sciatica, Low-back pain, Osteoarthritis

  • Gynecological Issues: Infertility, Sexual dysfunction (low libido, erectile dysfunction), Breech position in pregnancy, Induction of labour

  • Cancer Treatments: Adverse reactions to radiotherapy and chemotherapy

WHAT DOES ACUPUNCTURE FEEL LIKE?

Once the needles are inserted into the acupuncture point, it is common to experience a sensation of warmth, tingling or tightness in the area.  Other sensations include numbness, a mild electrical sensation that lasts for a few seconds, soreness, pulsation like waves.  These are all good sensations, and everyone can experience this differently.  However, if for some reason you feel a sharp, and/or uncomfortable pain, it is important to communicate with the practitioner right away so they can remove the needle and decide on the next step. Next steps could include, moving the needle location over just slightly or using a completely different point to help get the same desired results. 

 

Common physical reactions to an acupuncture treatment are feeling of light-headedness, slight disorientation and/or euphoria after the treatment.  Therefore, it is very important to get up slowly from the treatment. 

POSSIBLE SIDE EFFECTS AND RECOMMENDATIONS

Side effects are rare, however, the occasional patient may experience slight bruising at the point of needle insertion.  If a patient is extremely nervous about using needles, is exhausted or fatigued or is experiencing low blood sugar from not eating for a long time before the treatment, they might be more prone to faintness, chilliness and perhaps slight nausea.  We recommend talking about any of these situations with your practitioner before the treatment, to ensure to minimize these risks. 

 

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