First Visit: What To Expect
Initial visits generally last from 60 to 90 minutes. Your acupuncturist may take a health history and provide you with your unique treatment plan.
During your first visit, your acupuncturist will spend time getting to know you and your health concerns. You may be asked a wide range of questions about your symptoms, eating, exercise, sleep habits, emotional states and anything that may offer insight into your health.
You may click here to download and print the First Visit form. Having this completed when you arrive will save time on your initial visit.
What happens on my first visit?
An extensive intake form and questionnaire will be given to you, the answers to which will reveal any potentially beneficial treatments required, as well as your main area of concern. Dr. Sourang will review your form, and then use diagnostic techniques including questioning, observation, and using visual and sensory clues, to come up with a treatment plan personalized for you. You will also receive your first treatment at this visit.
How long does each treatment last?
Treatment times can vary depending on the condition being treated, but in general, Dr. Sourang’s treatment sessions are 45 minutes to 1 hour in length.
How many treatments do I need?
Again, this will vary depending on what type of condition (or conditions) you are seeking treatment for. Generally speaking, a positive response and improvement can be noted as early as the first treatment, with maximum benefits feltby the sixth treatment or even earlier. Initially, treatments are ideally scheduled one to two times a week for maximum benefit, and then tapered off from there.
The first few acupuncture treatments are used mainly to relieve acute symptoms, and after that is achieved, treatment focus switches to harmonizing and balancing the body. From that point, many patients find that a maintenance visit a few times a year can keep them in optimal health.
Please note these are not strict timeframes, as each patient will have an individualized plan based on their condition, and not everyone responds to treatment in exactly the same way. Age and general overall health can affect treatment time and effectiveness. As well, a chronic condition may take longer to heal than an acute injury.
What types of treatments can I get?
Dr. Sourang’s treatment sessions may include a combination of acupuncture, auricular acupuncture, Tui Na, GuiSha, Maxabustion, Cupping, and Herbal Medicine.
What is the cost?
Cost is dependent on the type (or types) of treatment you are receiving. Each session can range from $85 to $120, with any Chinese Medicinal Herbs prescribed being charged at a separate cost.
What are the needles like? Does it hurt?
The needles used by Dr. Sourang are very small, fine needles, nothing like the ones you have likely encountered at the doctors office or laboratory for drawing blood. They vary in width from 0.2mm to 0.4mm, depending on the area of the body, and thickness of the skin in the area to be treated. The needles are all sterile, individually packaged, and are NEVER re-used. There is sometimes a fleeting “pinching” sensation as the needle is inserted, but usually acupuncture is painless and safe. A dull and achy sensation may be experienced after insertion and throughout the treatment, but it will not be painful.If you feel any discomfort, please communicate this to Dr. Sourang, and she can modify your treatment.
Is acupuncture safe?
Acupuncture is a widely recognized and accredited drug-free alternative to traditional North American medicine. In addition, it is usually painless and relaxing, and very safe. Any side effects felt are usually beneficial, as the changes made to qi (life energy flow) can benefit many areas of the body, not just the main issue you are having treated. Some people experience a feeling of light-headedness immediately after treatment. Of course, it is very important to make sure your practitioner is certified, licenced and registered.
After many controlled, clinicial trials, The World Health Organization (WHO) recommended and endorsed acupuncture as an effective treatment of respiratory and bronchopulmonary diseases, and many orthopedic, gastrointestinal and neurological disorders as well. It also acknowledges the therapeutic benefits of acupuncture on more than 60 other diseases, symptoms and conditions.
What kinds of conditions, illnesses and diseases can be treated?
Acupuncture is an effective treatment of respiratory and bronchopulmonary diseases, and many orthopedic, gastrointestinal and neurological disorders as well., the most common being pain relief. There are also therapeutic benefits of acupuncture on more than 60 other diseases, symptoms and conditions. The following is a list of common disorders and conditions that Dr. Sourang treats:
- Bell Palsy
- Carpal tunnel syndrome
- Common Cold
- Facial rejuvenation
- Golf Elbow
- Hair Loss
- Irregular Menstruation
- Lower Back pain
- Muscle pain
- Neck Pain
- Plantar fasciitis
- Seasonal Allergy
- Tennis Elbow
This is by no means a complete list. If you have an issue that is not listed above, schedule a consultation with Dr. Sourang so she can evaluate you and suggest a treatment plan.
Can anyone have acupuncture?
The answer is yes, with a few exceptions.
If you have complicating factors such as a hemophilic condition, or severe psychosis, or are under the influence of drugs or alcohol, you should not be treated with acupuncture.
During pregnancy, there may be some acupuncture points that should be avoided, but with so many other complementary therapies, including acupressure, Tui Na, GuiSha, and cupping, for example, you can still receive many benefits from acutherapy treatment.
People of all ages may be treated with acupuncture.
Are there any side effects?
Any side effects felt are usually beneficial, as the changes made to qi (life energy flow) can benefit many areas of the body, not just the main symptom you are having treated. Some people experience a feeling of light-headedness immediately after treatment. Slight bruising may also occur, especially with cupping or GuiSha. The most commonly reported sensation after acupuncture treatment is a sense of relaxation, or exhilaration.
If you would like to make an appointment or have any questions, please contact Oakridge Chiropractic at (403)281-2333.