Thumbs Up to Relief
Many people go to an acupuncturist because they are in pain or have other acute issues that are affecting daily life. In this first phase of care, the main goal is to reduce symptoms. Sometimes, when the patient's schedule permits, relief will best be achieved through more frequent visits, perhaps twice a week for two to three weeks. More frequent visits help maintain momentum and prevent backslides between treatments. It is also important to note that the longer a condition has persisted, the more treatments a patient will likely require before finding more sustained relief. For instance, an acute muscle strain will usually respond to treatment more quickly than chronic back pain.
It is important to note that once symptoms have abated, additional care is important to ensure that the root cause of the symptom is addressed. If the underlying cause is not adequately addressed, the symptom will likely reappear. During the Relief Care phase, as symptoms improve, we can often start to address the root of the problem, but Phase 2 is where the real work takes place.
Phase I treatments might include: acupuncture, Chinese Herbal Therapy, Low Level Laser Treatments, myofascial work, cupping, guasha, electrical stimulation and very basic corrective exercises. Depending on the patient's specific condition, the acupuncturist will recommend what she thinks is the best course of treatment and will work with the patient to come up with a plan.