Does acupuncture hurt? What you'll experience at our office is that acupuncture is extremely relaxing. Yes, that might seem crazy if you've never done acupuncture before. But one of the ways acupuncture works is by putting your body into "parasympathetic"/ calm mode and balancing you. Your body loves to be in balance and when that happens it triggers healing on the deepest level.
Do you recommend that I see you instead of my Western MD? We never recommend that our patients stop seeing any of their Western MDs . We work very well with your Western MD and we believe that both approaches are needed for your best health and healing. Dr. Anne loves to work with your MD to help you feel your best.
Needles sound scary. That's a completely normal response. However, the needles Dr. Anne uses are tiny, the size of a hair. When people hear the word needle, they get nervous because their experience with needles is getting shots/injections - and those DO hurt.
Our needles are 1/20th the size of those. We get that it sounds counterintuitive to insert needles for healing and relaxation, but it's true! Come in and see for yourself. Our patients look very forward to their appointments.
How long before I see results? Some of our patients see results after the first treatment, with others it can take 3-5 treatments before things start to improve. Dr. Anne says if you don't see any improvement after 5 treatments, she might not be able to help you. Results are very important to her and your quickest, best path to healing is her priority.
What should I wear for my appointment? We recommend that you wear clothing that can be pushed above your knees and elbows. You will be fully clothed for your visits.
Is there anything I should do or not do before my Acupuncture treatment? It's best to eat before your Acupuncture treatment. Also be sure not to drink caffeine within 2 hours of your treatment time. Studies have shown that caffeine can impair the acupuncture from working as well.
Why is your acupuncture different than a Chiropractor or Naturopathic Doctor, MD or even my Physical Therapist? Dr. Anne spent six years getting a Doctorate in Traditional Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture; she learned unique and effective methods and Acupuncture techniques that those practitioners don't learn. Read this blog post for more detail
Other Practitioners only get hours of acupuncture training, not six years. She learned unique and special ways to eliminate symptoms and balance your system. Dr. Anne looks at and treats the root or actual cause of your symptoms. She knows how to heal your body on the deepest level with Acupuncture and Herbal Prescriptions.
How are you different from Modern Acupuncture or Community Acupuncture? At both Modern Acupuncture and community acupuncture all patients are in the same room in chairs next to each other. We feel that this isn't as beneficial for your healing process. We have our patients in individual private rooms so they can relax more deeply. Our bodies can only heal when our nervous system is completely calm. The body needs to be in the calm or "Parasympathetic nervous system mode" in order to heal itself. Acupuncture, when done correctly, will put the body into that Parasympathetic - the rest, digest and heal - nervous system mode. Just another reason our Acupuncture is so relaxing!