What can I expect during my Initial Treatment?
Initial Treatments are approximately 60 min in length. The focus on the initial visit is to document patient history, chronic patterns and/or review of the acute injury/issue followed by a 30-40 minute session.
Follow-up treatments will be approx 45-55 minutes.
Does it hurt?
Acupuncture needles are a different shape then hypodermic needles (used for blood tests/vaccinations). Quick insertions lead to less discomfort. Often times patients do not feel the insertion. What can be felt is a warming sensation, a muscle twitch, or a spreading sensation as the muscle releases or the point is stimulated.
How many treatments will it take?
This is situational and is different case to case. The general rule is acute injuries/issues can take 1-3 sessions. Chronic patterns may take 5-7 sessions to resolve the underlying pattern. At Vive Wellness we believe in a multi-disciplinary approach and encourage our patients to use other avenues in conjunction with acupuncture to treat the issue. This is something that will be discussed during treatment.
How does acupuncture work?
Acupuncture stimulates the parasympathetic and sympathetic nervous system sending feedback to the brain. For Sports Acupuncture, trigger points and proprioceptors are stimulated to relax the muscles that are aggravated and shortened or activate muscles that are non-functioning.
What can Acupuncture be used for?
Traditional Chinese Medicine should be viewed as a whole system. Acupuncture can be used for a wide variety of issues.
Some examples are:
pain management (MVA, Post-surgery, nerve impingement, disc bulge, scoliosis)
fertility (male and female)
PMS , irregular cycle