First Visit (Acupuncture)
“A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.”
Initial Acupuncture visits generally last from 30 to 90 minutes. Dr, House will take a detailed health history, perform a physical exam, and provide you with your unique individual treatment plan. During your first exam, Dr. House will spend time getting to know you and your health concerns. You may be asked a wide range of questions about your symptoms, eating, exercise, sleep habits, emotional states and anything that may offer insight into your health. Dr. House will also employ diagnostic tools that are unique to Acupuncture and TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine) such as tongue and pulse diagnosis. Following treatments usually take around 30 minutes, so please plan accordingly. The normal treatment plan is 8 treatments and then we re-evaluate, to see if any more are needed. Typically patients will come twice a week for 4 weeks, during their treatment protocol.
Your Treatment Plan
Once Dr. House has gathered enough information, you’ll receive a comprehensive diagnosis and a treatment plan that will explain:
- Your underlying imbalances
- Your timeline of care
- What types of treatment you will receive
Getting The Most Out Of Treatment
For the best treatment results, keep a few things in mind:
- Please show up on time
- Don’t eat a large meal before your visit
- Wear loose, comfortable clothes
- Be sure to discuss any questions or concerns with Dr. House
- Refrain from overexertion, drugs or alcohol for at least six hours after treatment
- Follow your treatment plan between visits
- Keep all of your appointments, as each visit builds upon the previous ones
How Treatment Works
To treat any Qi(energy) imbalances, fine, sterile needles will be inserted at specific acupuncture points along the meridian pathways. Dr. House will concentrate on acupuncture points related to specific organs, based on your unique issues and symptoms. Dr. House may include other related therapies in your treatment plans, such as Biopuncture, Massage Therapy, Prolopuncture, and Nutritional Counseling. Herbal remedies & Homeopathy are other important aspects of Holistic healthcare and it is important to understand and follow Dr. House’s directions in order to get the most benefit from your treatments.
Your Role In The Healing Process
Your actions are a key component of your treatment plan. Focusing on your health and committing to a healthy lifestyle are the best steps you can take for your well-being. Together, you and Dr. House can heal your imbalances and help you achieve harmony and balance. Even after your symptoms are resolved, acupuncture can assist you in maintaining your health, and possibly prevent future imbalances. The more you incorporate Holistic healthcare into your life, the more you’ll learn to nurture your body, mind, and spirit.
Acupuncture is not an instant fix.
True healing takes time and dedication. Depending on your current health and symptoms, you could feel better right away, or you may need treatments for weeks, months or years to achieve the results you want. Your acupuncturist can give you an idea of what to expect. With a little patience and an open mind, you’ll be on your way to health and vitality.
Acupuncture and TCM offer a safe and effective holistic health care system. This natural approach can both resolve symptoms and enhance your overall health.
By taking the right steps and planting the seeds of health, you are on the road to a healthier you!