What is Acupuncture?
Acupuncture is the TCM – Traditional Chinese Medicine use of fine, sterile, one-time use filiform needles. The needles are used in key points of the body to stimulate healing, eliminate pain, stasis, and infection.
The R. Ac practitioner uses the essential principles of Traditional Chinese Medicine to assess patients, promote their health, prevent and treat common disease. A selection of acupuncture points and a treatment plan are mapped out and tailored for each individual patient’s condition.
Acupuncture may treat many conditions such as pain, headache, arthritis, infections, stress, and also treats or provides complementary medicine for chronic conditions such as hypertension, type 2 diabetes, aging, asthma, insomnia and depression.
What happens on the first visit?
The first time you visit Apollo, you will be asked to come a few minutes early to fill in some forms. This paperwork will consist of an enrollment, contact information and clinic policies form. After that, the practitioner will come and get you from the waiting area and you will head to the treatment area, which will be either a room or a cubicle.
The acupuncturist will perform a comprehensive assessment with you, including a health history and physical examination. This may take up to ½ hr. After the assessment and diagnosis, and your consent to treatment you will have an initial treatment which includes acupuncture and may or may not include laser therapy, auricular needling, electro-stimulation, heat treatment, and moxibustion (the burning of herbs above specific points on the body). Acupuncture treatments typically last ½ hr to 45 min. After the treatment, management of the condition at home and any needed follow up plans may be reviewed.