Please arrive for your appointment wearing loose-fitting, comfortable clothes. Be sure to eat something before you arrive, but avoid eating a large, heavy meal right before coming in. Also try to leave yourself some time after the treatment to continue to relax and drink plenty of water. A single treatment session may include any of the following techniques:
The sensation of needle insertion varies from person to person and can also vary depending on the area of the body being needled. At times you may feel a small pinch at the moment of insertion, but you may feel nothing at all. After insertion you might notice a feeling of heaviness, warmth, tingling or even an electric sensation.
Moxibustion is a form of heat therapy that involves the burning of the medicinal herb mugwort. Your acupuncturist will burn a small quantity of mugwort either on or near the skin in order to warm and move qi and blood. As a patient, you will experience a warming and relaxing sensation.
Cupping is a therapy used to stimulate acupuncture points by applying mild suction through the use of small glass cups. Cupping is often used for muscle tension, backaches, sprains, soft tissue injuries, fluid congestion in the lungs, and detoxification. This therapy will often leave a red mark on the body that will dissipate within a few days.
Pre and Post Acupuncture Treatment
Gua sha is a technique in which a smooth-edged instrument is used to apply short or long strokes on the skin, typically in the area of pain. This stroking motion creates raised redness. Gua sha has the ability to break up stagnation and to promote the smooth flow of blood in the area, thereby relieving pain.