What is acupuncture?
Acupuncture involves the insertion of very thin needles through the patient's skin at specific points on the body. I use very thin, single-use, sterile, stainless steel needles. The needles are inserted to various depths depending on many factors, some of which include, anatomy, patient constitution and treatment principle. The needle is used by me as a tool to restore the energetic balance to a patient. Disease occurs when there is an imbalance of energy. Specific points along the energetic pathways called meridians are used alone or in combination to restore this balance.
The style of acupuncture I use is rooted in traditional Japanese or classical acupuncture. I rely on palpation (touch) as a significant diagnostic tool and believe touch is one of the biggest elements missing in most modern medicine. My needle technique is very gentle and well received, it is especially suited to sensitive individuals.
How often and how many treatments will you need?
Initially it is beneficial to be coming in about once per week, for a more acute or serious condition the frequency of visits is increased. It's always difficult to give an exact number of treatments required as each individual reacts differently. As an industry standard we generally say you should be noticing changes within 6 treatments.
I find many patients are quite happy to come for a monthly treatment to keep balanced. This is especially helpful during cold and flu season or allergy season to benefit the immune system.
If you find you are not achieving the results that you would like I am quite happy to work with you to find a treatment option that may be a better option for you.