What to Expect
Your first visit will begin with an in depth assessment of your condition and an initial
During the assessment, I may ask you about some things that you might not think are
connected to your chief complaint, for example, your emotions, sleeping patterns, and
eating habits. Chinese medicine considers the whole person, not just one isolated symptom.
When put together, the myriad of symptoms and signs you are experiencing reveal patterns of
disharmony. Although treatment will focus on your chief complaint, your whole being must
be considered in order to develop the most appropriate course of treatment. Chinese medicine is unique in that it appreciates that illnesses may be identical, but the persons suffering from them
What to Expect After Treatment
Your relief may be immediate, delayed for a few hours or even develop after 1 to 3 days. The
relief may last for a few hours on the first visit and then last longer with each successive
treatment. OR, relief may last from the first treatment until your next visit. It is
important to recognize that we are all individuals. Individual response to treatment varies.
In cases of chronic pain, your original pain may improve and then unmask other less obvious
pain in the surrounding area. Please report what happened when you return so I can modify your
treatment accordingly. I will also be interested in any change in your use of pain-killer
medications as a result of treatment. Please be advised that changes in prescription medication
require prior approval and strict monitoring by your family physician.
The ideal approach to illness is to begin treatment as soon as possible. The sooner you seek
help, the easier it is to treat. For long-standing pain, weekly treatments may be required
for several weeks in order to have a curative effect.
Once you initiate a healing process, it is important to follow through on treatments. The more
consistent you are, the better the likelihood of results. The effects of massage therapy tend to
be cumulative. After you are feeling better, I will likely recommend an additional few
treatments. In Chinese medicine, this is referred to as "solidifying the constitution."
The goal is to further strengthen your body to prevent recurrence of the illness. Once they
are feeling better, many people find it difficult to follow through with even just a few
treatments. Healing requires a lot of energy. Your body is most vulnerable following recovery
from illness because it has expended much of its energy and internal resources in order to get
better. It is therefore important to have a few treatments in order to prevent repeated or
new illness. In general, when an illness recurs it is often more difficult to treat.