What to expect
We are committed to providing you with top quality primary care. Our staff and practitioners will know not only your name, but those of your family. Quality care involves listening to you & spending more than 10 minutes with you. This is health insurance that feels like its on your side & not about making big money. We also create a schedule where you can easily make an appointment & get in quickly. Or better yet, have a phone conversation with your practitioner.
Acupuncture or Herbal Consult
Your treatment plan
Once your practitioner has gathered enough information, you’ll receive a comprehensive diagnosis and a treatment plan that will explain:
- Your underlying imbalances
- Your time line of care
- What types of treatment you will receive
Getting the most out of your acupuncture treatment
For the best treatment results, keep a few things in mind:
- Please show up on time
- Don’t eat a large meal before your visit but don’t skip the meal prior to your treatment either
- Wear loose, comfortable clothes
- Be sure to discuss any questions or concerns with your practitioner
- Refrain from overexertion, drugs or liquor for at least six hours after treatment
- Follow your treatment plan between visits
- Keep all of your appointments, as each visit builds upon the previous ones
How the acupuncture treatment works
To treat any Qi imbalances, fine, sterile needles will be inserted at specific acupuncture points along the meridian pathways. Your acupuncturist will concentrate on acupuncture points related to specific organs, based on your unique issues and symptoms. Your acupuncturist may include other related therapies in your treatment plan, such as cupping, Gwa Sha or moxabustion.
Chinese Herbal therapy
Chinese herbal medicinals are another important aspect of Oriental medicine. Each customized formula is individualized with great care and sophistication to harmonize your unique imbalances. We do not treat the disease, so much as we treat the person who has the disease. Chinese herbal medicine is a wonderful way to continue the benefits of acupuncture treatments from visit to visit. However, if you desire, you may receive the benefits of Chinese herbal medicine without receiving acupuncture at all. See our related article “Acupuncture or Chinese Herbal Medicine?”
Your role in the healing process
Your actions are a key component of your treatment plan. Focusing on your health and committing to a healthy lifestyle are the best steps you can take for your well-being. Together, you and your practitioner can heal your imbalances and help you achieve health, harmony and balance.
Even after your symptoms are resolved, Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine can assist you in maintaining your health, and prevent future health problems. The more you incorporate Oriental Medicine into your life, the more you’ll achieve health holistically.
Oriental Medicine is not an instant fix.
True healing takes time and dedication. Depending on your current health and symptoms, you could feel better within a brief period of time, or you may need multiple treatments that occur over a span of time to achieve the healthy life you are looking for. After evaluating you and becoming more familiar with you, your practitioner can give you an idea of what to expect. Health is a journey. It is cultivated. At Lotus Center, we offer a safe, effective, and holistic health care system.
Massage or Bodywork
During your first session, we’ll go over a number of things:
- Medical history – you will fill out a form noting past accidents, injuries, ailments, current issues, medications and anything else you think the practitioner should know.
- How your days are spent – at a computer all day, on your feet all day or do you do a lot of heavy lifting, work out, or repetitive motion?
- Explanation of various bodywork modalities we offer so we can decide which would the best for you.
What happens during the treatment
After instructing you on how to get ready, the practitioner will leave the room while you situate yourself on the massage table. Some work can be done with clothing on while some modalities require you to disrobe; you may choose to keep underwear on. The room will be comfortably warm with a sheet and blanket.
When the practitioner re-enters the room, they will take a moment to get grounded and begin the work. Please feel free to ask questions, and to tell the practitioner if something needs to be different, if you need pillows or water, or to use the bathroom. Remember, this is your session and it is helpful for you to inform the practitioner what you feel about what works or doesn’t.
If unclothed, you will be covered with a sheet/blanket, and we will remove the covering only of the area we’re working on.
When your time is up, the practitioner will leave the room for you to gently stretch and get dressed.