All acupuncture sessions involve a discussion of your symptoms and therapy options with your practitioner.
In a traditional acupuncture session, multiple needles are inserted and the patient rests with the needles for approximately 15 minutes. Often, both the front and back sides of the body are treated in the same session. Traditional sessions may also include other treatment modalities like cupping, gua sha, moxibustion, and herbal and nutritional consultation. Sessions last 60 minutes with 90 minutes for the initial visit.
Motor point acupuncture (dry needling) sessions involve the rapid insertion and removal of a single needle which is stimulated with electricity. The current causes the muscle to twitch and eventually fatigue. The patient does not rest while retaining needles as in traditional sessions. Sessions last 15 minutes.
Acupuncture for balance and gait requires the patient to conduct a series of simple balance exercises with two needles placed in the scalp. Needles are manually stimulated during the exercises. Sessions last 15 minutes and are recommended 3 times per week for the first 4 weeks with weekly maintenance treatments in perpetuity.
PLEASE MAKE SURE YOU HAVE EATEN WITHIN 3 HOURS BEFORE HAVING ACUPUNCTURE OF ANY KIND. Although it is rare, the insertion of needles can sometimes create a hypoglycemic state known as "needle shock." Needle shock is not life threatening, but can make the patient feel faint, nauseated, and disoriented and requires that the treatment session end immediately. Eating before treatment will ensure that you will not experience needle shock.