Each patient receives an individualized treatment that is precise to their needs and problem. An initial visit at Advanced Sports Medicine consists of a one-on-one, in-depth conversation in regards to the present state of your condition, injuries, and symptoms. Once a complete picture of the underlying symptoms is understood, a physical assessment will be performed. This will include a detailed eastern medicine diagnosis, muscle testing, referral patterns of trigger points, and the possible locations of needle insertions. Post-treatment guidelines include what activities are recommended and what to avoid after a treatment; with a focus on wellness, our staff supports patients’ needs for proper post treatment rest and recovery, conscious dietary planning and appropriate evxercises in order to maximize results.
What are acupuncture needles like?.
The needles used within acupuncture are both sterile and extremely thin. Most people are surprised to see how thin the needles actually are. They range in width from approximately .14 mm to .30 mm and in length from 15 mm (.5 inch) to 75 mm (3 inches). The most commonly used needle is a 25 mm (1 inch) .25 mm width needle. Generally, they are inserted about 1-3 mm into the body – deeper on fleshy areas such as the buttocks.
What Will I Feel?
The sensation you will feel when being needled is generally fairly minimal. In some styles you will feel almost nothing, while in others the needle will be rotated slightly until you feel a heavy, spreading or distended feeling. This sensation decreases within the first few minutes of insertion.
How Long Will The Treatment last?
After the needles are inserted you are usually left to rest for a period of 10 – 45 minutes. The acupuncturist will be present to insure that the treatment is comfortable. Within some styles the needles are inserted quickly and removed immediately and in others they are left in for a longer period of time. Most people feel fairly relaxed during this period and many simply fall asleep.
Prognosis and Treatment Plans?
The number of treatments needed will vary depending on your condition. After the first 2 to 3 treatments, an understanding of how many treatments you need will be recommended. While many people will feel some change in their condition immediately or within the first 2-3 treatments, others with more serious or chronic conditions may need many months of treatment before a significant change occurs. If you are not noticing any immediate changes it does not mean that acupuncture is not helping you. Many times the changes are slow and subtle as the entire body begins to rebalance from the underlying condition.