The initial consultation usually lasts around 1.5 hours. This is because we will be asking questions about your current complaint, your past medical and family history, as well as, some additional questions that are specific to Traditional Chinese Medicine. The interview is very in depth, so please come prepared. If you are currently taking any type of medication, please make a list of these before coming in. I have provided a form for you to download to make this an easier process. Also, you will find an Informed Consent form, a Medical History form, and our Notice of Privacy Practices on the Forms page. You can download and fill out these documents prior to your first visit.
Before arriving - It's advised that you eat a light meal, even if it's just some crackers and tea, at least 2 hours before coming in. This is to prevent needle sickness, which is just a case of dizziness or nausea that might occur during needling if you come in with an empty stomach.
Clothing - You should wear loose comfortable clothing, with sleeves and legs that can be easily rolled up above the elbows and knees. In some cases we will need access to the back area, so if you can wear something that permits access to that area that would be helpful, otherwise, we can provide a gown.
Make-up - It's best to remove your make - up before your session, especially if you know we will be doing any facial points. This is just to insure that an infection does not take place at the site of needle insertion.
After the consultation, Scott will perform a detailed examination including: tongue & pulse diagnosis, blood pressure, and if needed, a detailed Western physical exam.
Report of Findings
On the second visit, Scott will go over a detailed report of findings that covers all the information collected from the first visit. Scott will also explain your treatment plan and all the necessary steps that need to happen for your successful recovery. He will also answer the following questions:
After your initial consultation, a follow-up acupuncture treatment normally lasts 60 minutes, but this time can vary depending on the case. On a routine visit, I'll ask some follow - up questions, feel your pulse, and look at your tongue, then start the treatment.
During the treatment, the patient will feel different sensations varying from: dull achy, tingling, heaviness, and energy moving from one part of the body to the other. This is all completely normal, in fact, many patients often report feeling deeply relaxed and feelings of peace during their treatment; while others report falling asleep and feeling completely unstressed and energized afterwards.
For patients coming in with specific complaints of acute or chronic pain, it's not uncommon that this pain will be greatly reduced by the time they leave the office. For other issues, patients normally notice positive changes, if not within a few days, then usually within a week. One thing to keep in mind is that everyone is different, some people will feel a change right away, while for others it may take a little longer. The timing of the results also depends on how chronic or acute the illness.
Learn about the different levels of care.
My treatment philosophy has two objectives: The first goal is to alleviate any pain that is causing the patient to suffer, and resolve the presenting symptoms in order to give some immediate relief. Secondly, and really the primary focus, is to reveal the root cause of the illness, which sometimes can be a long process of discovery. The treatment strategy is designed to be both comprehensive and functional, in order to uncover and resolve the root cause of the disease. During this part of the healing process the patient plays a much more active role in which they must participate in re-establishing balance in their life both physically and emotionally, as well as, spiritually. This requires the patient to make lifestyle modifications that are not limited to: changes in diet, incorporating exercise into their schedules, and using some form of a relaxation technique. This is all part of the healing process, and helps bring wholeness into the patient's life, and as your practitioner, I will be there to help you along on your pathway to wellness.
4300 12th Ave
Moline, IL 61265
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Sat.: 10am - 3pm