The 5 Most Essential Things Your Acupuncturist Wants You to Know

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The world of acupuncture isn’t defined by patient numbers or prescription pills. Acupuncture is a form of treatment, yes, but more frequently, it’s part of a holistic, all-encompassing shift in how you live. Your acupuncturist will be happy to explain anything you wish to know, but before you arrive for your first appointment, there are some core aspects of acupuncture that every new patient should know.

The Number of Treatments Isn’t For Certain

When a new patient arrives, they often want to know how many acupuncture sessions it will take before they can be back on their way, or see the results they want. The truth is: we don’t know yet.

Everyone is different. They come from different backgrounds, different lifestyles, and have different wellness goals. Acupuncture is an incredible tool for healing, but each individual responds to it differently. If you’ve been dealing with pain for years, you might require more treatments to address it than, say, someone whose back just began aching yesterday. After a couple of acupuncture treatments, your acupuncturist will be able to assess how your body is responding and provide you with a better timeline estimate.

TCM is a Team Effort

Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) is based on a system of holistic care, which means addressing your symptoms as well as your lifestyle to make sure you’re giving yourself the best possible chance for healing. If your diet isn’t what your body needs, or if you’re overwhelmed by stress, then acupuncture can only be part of the equation. Your acupuncturist will work with you to create new, healthy habits, which you must then follow in order to see the results you want and prevent previous issues from returning. 

Weight Loss Won’t Happen Immediately

As a society, we’re used to immediacy – pizzas delivered in thirty minutes or less, web pages loading in less than two seconds, and instant relief from the latest fad pill. When a client arrives with weight loss as one of their chief goals, they may be under the impression that, after a single acupuncture appointment, they’ll see results. 

As the saying goes, good things take time. Acupuncture is a terrific resource and can help you relieve stress, improve digestion, and reduce cravings for food, but it’s not a fad pill. To be successful, you must also stick with the routine and diet changes your acupuncturist recommends. It will still be up to you to make the necessary changes, but acupuncture can make the process much easier

We Offer Many Different Services

Your acupuncturist is skilled in their practice, but they’re not a one-trick pony. At All Points Acupuncture and Wellness Center, for example, we also offer:

  • Cupping
  • Massage Therapy
  • Gua Sha
  • Acupressure Therapy
  • Auricular Acupuncture

When used in conjunction with acupuncture, these services can help you better achieve the goals you have in mind. If you’re not sure what your acupuncturist offers, just ask! You’ll usually be pleasantly surprised by the range of services available to you.

Questions Are Always Welcome

Your acupuncturist is there to make sure you’re comfortable, relaxed, and knowledgeable about your acupuncture treatment and at-home care plan. If you have any questions at all, ask away. Good communication is the foundation of any successful partnership, and the same holds true for you and your acupuncturist. 

When you arrive for your first acupuncture appointment, your acupuncturist will conduct a one-on-one consultation and preliminary exam to determine the best approach for your treatment. Be sure to let them know if you have a specific goal in mind – to lose weight, to stop smoking, or to be less fatigued, for example – and they’ll fine-tune your treatment accordingly. From there, all you have to do is relax and enjoy your first acupuncture session. Before long, you’ll be well on your way to achieving the health and lifestyle you’ve been dreaming of.

For more information about acupuncture or to get in touch with our acupuncturist, Marissa Liza, give us a call at (201) 843-3633. If you’d like, you can also send us a message online.

June 24, 2020