How is Acupuncture Treatment Unique?

Acupuncture helps people in part because of the unique nature of the treatment process.  Here are some of the highlights of that process.  Let’s assume you are looking for help with chronic headaches.

Acupuncture treatment is focused on you.

If a patient comes in and says they have a headache I don’t just write down “headache” in my notes and move on.  I want to know the specifics about what a headache means for you.  Where do you feel them?  How long do they last?  How severe is the pain?  How would you describe the pain? Sharp? Dull? Radiating?  Is there anything that makes them better?  And we go on from there.  My job is to understand your unique situation as thoroughly as I can.

Acupuncture is highly individualized.

Different patients who all present with headaches will NOT necessarily be given the same treatment. Why?  Because the root cause of their symptoms are likely to be different.  A woman with a headache could have a blood deficiency from excessive bleeding during childbirth. Another patient’s headaches could be due to chronic frustration at a stressful job.  My job is to figure out what the underlying issues are and address them in the treatment.

Acupuncture treatment is always comprehensive.       

I won’t just ask questions about your headaches.  In my intake interview I will ask questions about all of your body systems.  Why?  Because the functioning of your whole body is relevant to the treatment.  In Chinese Medicine many seemingly unrelated symptoms can stem from the same underlying cause.  My job is to keep the whole picture in mind as I work to alleviate current symptoms. 

Acupuncture is highly adaptable.            

I have patients for whom many needles in a given treatment work well.  I have patients who can only tolerate a few needles at a time.  Because acupuncture is adaptable, I can shape my treatments to accommodate each of these patients.  If someone is uncomfortable with a needle in one spot I can put a needle somewhere else and still achieve the desired affect.  My job is to shape the treatment to make the whole experience a positive one for you.  

Acupuncture is safe and time-tested.  

Acupuncture has been used successfully for thousands of years to treat all kinds of conditions in patients of all types.  It is totally natural and safe and harnesses your body’s inherent capacity to heal itself.

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