Treatment Plan & Schedule
By far, the most common question we get from clients is 'how many treatments will I need?' It's a fair question with a not so straight forward answer.
Everyone will respond differently to treatment. Some see changes quickly while others need a bit more time. One of the most important factors in determining the number of treatments needed is knowing how long have you had the health issue? The more chronic a condition, the longer it may take to see results.
Keep in mind that Chinese medicine is a natural way to bring the body, mind & spirit back to vibrant health by stimulating your own internal healing mechanisms. Some times, the body just needs a few more nudges in the right direction.
There are many factors that can affect how fast you heal:
1. Is the health concern acute or chronic?
2. Age and general health of the client.
3. Are there other health care providers in the circle of care?
4. Self care routine
5. Compliance with post treatment recommendations
6. Are there coexisting medical issues?
Acupuncture is traditional medicine with a cumulative effect.
So let's talk about the right dose.
For many new clients, getting in a series of treatments, within a short time frame, allows for you & your acupuncturist to see how you respond to treatment. The reason being is that acupuncture has a cumulative effect in the body. The more treatments we can get in, the more the benefits compound.
At first, the changes may be subtle. But these small changes indicate that the body wants to heal. Generally, 3-4 treatments in a 3 week window is enough time to see some positive changes. At that point, we would reassess & either continue on a weekly treatment plan or start to spread treatments out further apart.
For our cupping clients, many experience benefits the day of treatment or up to 2 days post treatment. Follow up treatments can be done at the client's discretion but most of the cupping marks need to be gone before we can treat the area again.