The following describes the three general phases of treatment I have been able to identify for you to have your life back. I have included it so you may be more familiar with the process and have realistic expectations on your road to recovery


Treating the body responsibly is like building a house: certain things have to happen in a particular order in order for everything to stand strong and work correctly. When building a house, if you tried to put up your walls before you had a solid foundation, your walls would be weak and eventually collapse. If you tried to put on your roof before the walls were ready, you would run into the same problem. The same is true for your body. Your body has to go through a particular plan of care in order to repair itself correctly and fully.



Many people arrive to my office because they are in pain. In this first phase of care, the main goal is to reduce your symptoms. Sometimes this will require daily visits, or two to three visits per week for a time.

Most people are under the assumption that if they don't feel any pain that there is nothing wrong with them - thinking they are healthy. Unfortunately, pain is a very poor indicator of health. In fact, pain and other symptoms frequently only appear after a disease or other condition has become advanced.

For example, consider a cavity in your tooth. Does it hurt when it first develops or only after it has become serious? How about heart disease? Regardless of whether you are talking about cancer, heart disease, diabetes, stress or problems with the spine, pain is usually the last thing to appear. When you begin acupuncture care, pain is also the first symptom to disappear, even though much of the underlying condition remains.



Most often,  the elimination of symptoms is the easiest part of treatment. If all we were to do is reduce the pain, and stop there; the chances of the condition recurring are much greater. In order to prevent a rapid recurrence of symptoms, it is necessary to continue receiving care even though your symptoms are gone.

During the correction / restorative phase of your care, you will not need to receive treatments as often as you did during the first phase of care. You may begin practicing exercises and stretches at the center or at home to accelerate healing. Diet and Chinese Herbals can also be important supports, assisting you in meeting your goals.


Do not be discouraged if you have mild flare-ups in your symptoms on occasion. This is normal. Flare-ups are bound to occur during this phase because your body has not fully healed. Depending on the severity and history of your condition, this phase of your care may last anywhere from a few months to a couple of years.



Maintenance is Key to Healthy Living

Once your body has fully healed, routine acupuncture treatments can help ensure that your physical problems do not return, and keep your body in optimal condition. Just like continuing an exercise program and eating well in order to sustain the benefits of exercise and proper diet, it is necessary to continue acupuncture treatment to ensure the health of your musculoskeletal system.

When you make routine acupuncture visits a part of your lifestyle, you avoid many of the aches and pains that so many people suffer through, your joints will last longer and you will be able to engage in more of the activities you love.



Your health is a commitment and your everyday choices have an impact on it.