Acute symptoms may require only two to four treatments
Following your initial Acupuncture treatment, your practitioner will prescribe a treatment plan and may give suggestions for home care. It is also typical to suggest supplemental Chinese herbs to enhance the achievement of energetic balance. Acute symptoms may require only two to four treatments; whereas for chronic cases, it is common to have as many as 12 or more treatments, usually over a course of eight to 10 weeks. Regular monthly visits may be suggested as preventive measures to decrease stress, improve energy or boost immunity.
Treatments consist of inserting hair-like sterile, single use needles into specific points.
Treatments consist of inserting hair-like sterile, single use needles into specific points. Upon insertion, one may feel a momentary sharp or stinging sensation; however, many report they don’t even feel the majority of the insertions. It is common to experience a deep ache for a short time in some of the points. The acupuncture needles may then be gently manipulated and some practitioners may use heat or even electricity with the needles. The depth to which the acupuncture needles are inserted varies according to the treatment and the practitioner; however, needles are never positioned deep enough to puncture organs (other than the skin). The needles are usually left in place for 5 to 20 minutes, usually no longer than 60 minutes, and then removed.
People usually find Acupuncture to be an incredibly relaxing experience, even for those who have some initial hesitation about needles.
People usually find Acupuncture to be an incredibly relaxing experience, even for those who have some initial hesitation about needles. In general your first treatment involves quite a bit of discussion, as the practitioner gathers as much information as possible to clearly understand and diagnose your issues from an oriental medicine viewpoint. The needling during the first treatment may be limited so you can become accustomed to the experience and the practitioner is able to assess your response. Acupuncture always aims to address the condition at hand while also addressing any underlying patterns your Acupuncturist may diagnose. Your initial treatment is usually 60 minutes to allow time for your acupuncturist to ask all the questions and provide treatment.
Follow up treatments are typically scheduled for 45 minutes. For acute and some chronic conditions treatments 2-3 times a week may be recommended initially.
An Asian technique designed to increase blood flow
Acupuncture is frequently used in conjunction with “cupping,” an Asian technique designed to increase blood flow to a particular area of concern by using heated glass cups to create suction and promote blood flow to the surface of the skin.
It can help relieve pain anywhere in the body, from chronic low back pain, dental pain, migraine headaches, fibromyalgia and symptoms of osteoarthritis.
Acupuncture can treat a many conditions. It can help relieve pain anywhere in the body, from chronic low back pain, dental pain, migraine headaches, fibromyalgia and symptoms of osteoarthritis. It has been shown to assist in the treatment of emotional pain syndromes such as post-traumatic stress disorder, insomnia, and anxiety, as well as controlling chemotherapy-induced nausea and vomiting. It has also demonstrated clinical success in achieving pregnancy when used in conjunction with in-vitro fertilization.
Contrary to popular Western belief, Acupuncture is not just a system for inserting very fine needles into specific body locations to alleviate pain.
Contrary to popular Western belief, Acupuncture is not just a system for inserting very fine needles into specific body locations to alleviate pain. So, what is Acupuncture, then? Acupuncture is a complete medical protocol focused on correcting imbalances of energy in the body. From its inception in China more than 2,500 years ago, Acupuncture has been used traditionally to prevent, diagnose and treat disease, as well as to improve general health. It is a safe and effective holistic medicine backed by more than two thousand years of practice and research. It is practiced worldwide both as a primary and adjunctive treatment for a wide range of conditions. Acupuncture can be used effectively with other bodywork therapies including Chiropractic manipulation, as well as nutrition intervention, and the use of herbs.
Chiropractic treatment is an individualized process. The number of treatments you require is dependent on many factors, including your individual history of injuries, surgeries, sports, genetics, occupation, exercise, weight and more.
The length of time that a particular condition (such as back or neck pain) has been developing also plays a role. But perhaps the most important question is “what are the patient’s goals?” If all a patient wants is to “feel better,” then two or perhaps three appointments may be all that is needed. But keep in mind that how things feel is not always a good indicator of how things really are. Your spine and nervous system has a built-in ability to adapt and compensate for dysfunction in an attempt to improve your symptoms. By the time the body has lost the ability to compensate any further, the patient visits a chiropractor and says “I’ve had this pain for three days.” Actually, the patient has likely had this dysfunction for much longer – their body simply finally gave in three days ago.
If the patient’s goal is resolution or long-term improved health, then physical pain or symptoms are only a small part of the care you can expect. Of course, the first goal is to minimize or eradicate the pain. After that, your chiropractor will work to find out what led to the dysfunction in the first place. With continuing care, you and your chiropractor will plan any rehabilitative care or lifestyle changes that may be recommended. This might include stretching and exercise at home, supplements, or ergonomic changes at work or in your home.
Think of chiropractic care like a visit to the dentist: if you go regularly and get regular examinations, you’ll prevent painful tooth decay and future painful and uncomfortable dental work. Seeing a chiropractor is much the same – preventative care is part of their practice, and regular visits could stop you from experiencing back pain or neck or shoulder pain again. Dr Caruso will work with you to establish a treatment plan best suited for your optimal health.
Doctors of Chiropractic care for patients of all ages, with a variety of health conditions.
DCs are especially well known for their expertise in caring for patients with back pain, neck pain and headaches, all of which are exacerbated by spending long hours at our desks each day. They also care for patients with a wide range of injuries and disorders of the musculoskeletal system, involving the muscles, ligaments and joints. These painful conditions often involve or impact the nervous system, which can cause referred pain and dysfunction distant to the region of injury. The benefits of chiropractic care extend to general health issues, as well, since our body structure affects our overall function. Chiropractors also counsel patients on diet, nutrition, exercise, healthy habits, and occupational and lifestyle modification.
Traditionally, Chiropractic adjustments and joint mobilizations are performed manually, though assistive devices are often used.
The various twists, turns, and stretches performed are chosen based on the complaint being treated and a preliminary examination of joint condition. Dr. Caruso adapts the procedures to each patient’s needs and current condition.
Chiropractic is a safe, non-invasive, drug-free treatment for neuromusculoskeletal disorders.
Chiropractic is a safe, non-invasive, drug-free treatment for neuromusculoskeletal disorders. There’s very little risk involved with Chiropractic treatment. Pain relief is often immediate for conditions suited to Chiropractic care. Occasionally, stiffness, soreness, and aches may follow a treatment, as though the patient has done some form of exercise. These effects typically dissipate within a day, and the treated condition sees improvement.
Some people are uncomfortable about the sound or feeling of the “cracking” associated with spinal manipulation. This noise, called joint cavitation, is sometimes a byproduct of spinal manipulation. Bubbles of nitrogen gas are released from spaces between joints, creating the sound. The cracking sound isn’t needed for an effective adjustment, and there are many treatment techniques that reduce the chance of joint cavitation occurring.
Chiropractic is a healthcare discipline concentrating on musculoskeletal and nervous system disorders and their effects on a patient’s overall health.
Chiropractic is a healthcare discipline concentrating on musculoskeletal and nervous system disorders and their effects on a patient’s overall health. It’s hands-on and drug-free approach that’s complementary to other forms of health care. Chiropractic doctors are skilled medical diagnosticians who readily refer patients to other health care providers when Chiropractic treatment isn’t the best option for a condition. Chiropractic care is conservative and non-invasive, focusing on the mechanics and mobility of the body, aiming to restore balance and encouraging its natural healing systems. More than simply spinal adjustments, Chiropractic care also uses therapeutic and rehabilitative exercise, massage, nutrition counseling, and a range of other treatments and therapies that support the natural healing philosophy.