The first thing to understand prior to an acupuncture session is that the needles used are much different than those that you would typically encounter at a hospital. In fact, most patients describe their acupuncture treatment as a calm and relaxing experience. In fact, some patients report feeling little to nothing at all.
On your first visit to our clinic in Bentonville, we will begin by performing a thorough history and examination. After the results are analyzed, we will identify the problematic areas and develop a individualized treatment plan. After the sterile needles are positioned, patients typically rest for 30-45 minutes as the treatment take its course. Depending on the individual case, massage, moist heat, or cold packs may be combined with the therapy. The total visit typically lasts around an hour.
As with many conditions, the treatment effect can vary depending on the severity of the problem. Many patients report feeling immediate relief, while others describe noticing changes up to two days following the therapy. Depending on the patient and the number of visits, relief may last anywhere from a few hours to several weeks. It will be important to monitor this so that your treatment schedule can be altered appropriately.