A typical acupuncture session begins with a Health Status Consultation that can take anywhere from 20 to 30 minutes. It usually includes a review of the patient's physical symptoms, an evaluation of the patient's physical appearance and demeanor, an assessment of diet and lifestyle, and observations of the pulse and tongue. This enables the acupuncturist to identify the imbalance that lies at the root of the disorder, and then to formulate an appropriate treatment plan.
A typical acupuncture treatment may last anywhere from 30 to 60 minutes. When receiving acupuncture, the patient generally lies on their back, front or side, depending on which part of the body is being treated. In some cases, it may be necessary to sit in a chair. Based on the diagnosis, the practitioner selects the appropriate acupuncture points where the needles will be inserted.
All practitioners use sterilized, disposable acupuncture needles. The needles are not much thicker than a human hair. After locating the appropriate acupuncture point on the body, the practitioner cleans the site with alcohol and gently inserts the needle.
Initially, the patient may feel a tingling, dull, heavy or achy feeling around the needle or energy pathway which normally subsides within a few minutes. It is essential for the patient to provide constant feedback to the practitioner so the treatment can be adjusted or modified to meet their individual needs. After a treatment the patient is normally calm and relaxed, and may experience a temporary feeling of fatigue or light headedness.
Treatment progress is discussed between the patient and practitioner on a regular basis to allow for changes in treatment strategies that reflect the patient's evolving condition. This open dialogue also allows the practitioner to provide emotional support to those patients that need it.
One of the most important aspects of acupuncture is an open and trusting relationship between the practitioner and the patient. Because treatment programs are developed in partnership with the patient, and usually consist of a series of treatments spread over several days or weeks, choosing a qualified practitioner that you trust and feel comfortable with is important.
As the condition improves, the frequency of visits is gradually reduced until the treatment program is concluded. The total number of treatments required, and the rate of progress, depends on the condition being treated and the individual patient.
*DISCLAIMER: Please note that the results of the Acupuncture, Massage Therapy, Qi Gong Energy Balancing and Medical Aesthetics services, ProDerm Skin Care products and Herbal Formulas available at the Fredericton Wellness Clinic may differ from person to person.*