So your knee hurts (or your back hurts or your digestion is weird), and you heard that acupuncture can help.
And this is only going to take 1 visit right?
Well… probably not. This is likely going to be multiple visits, with the average being once a week for 4-6 weeks.
How many visits depend on many factors
I would expect some changes after each visit. How much change and how long it lasts will depend on many different things.
A few things to consider:
How long has your current condition been present?
How long and what were the stages to get to your current state?
What are other contributing or exacerbating factors involved?
What are the underlying causes and what are your current practices that are reinforcing staying the same?
What are the cultural, social, emotional, or mental components involved with your conditions?
What is the narrative that you have about your current condition and are you willing to change it?
We will take the time to address each question as needed, but as you might guess, sometimes this can take time to notice and unravel. My goal with each visit is to extend the length of time that relief is experienced, and this will require active participation on your part.
Healing is a process, not a destination.
What happens in a visit?
Acupuncture with me involves both needles and body work (craniosacral therapy and visceral manipulation). I do all three modalities because I have found that this is the best way for me to address the underlying cause of your presenting symptoms.
Acupuncture and Body Work address multiple layers in each visit:
Fascial – Insertion of needles combined with massage to address the fascia will help to modulate and adjust the fascia of the body. This can be an important factor in changing the experience of pain.
Neurological – sessions create change by supporting a balanced state in the nervous system. This balanced state is where healing can happen and is one way to experience restorative healing.
Mental or Narrative – what is the story that you are telling yourself about your current state? Is that story true? Does it align with how you want to live your life? This addressing of narrative is based in a mindfulness perspective and discussions of mindfulness will often come up in our work together.
Simultaneously addressing the narrative, the physical body, and the nervous system is important in this work because what happens in the mind affects the body and the sensations in the body affect the mind.
Sessions are about noticing what is currently happening, experiencing something new, and learning new skills to interrupt that practice so a different way of engaging and orienting to the world can happen.