Here are a range of recommended treatment frequencies. The frequency of treatment is dependent on a variety of factors including health history, severity, season and/or climate, age, gender as well as how your body responds to the first 1-3 sessions. The response to acupuncture varies greatly from individual to individual. Receiving acupuncture is an ACCUMULATIVE PROCESS that is closely dependent on treatment frequency as well as a lifestyle – stress level, relationships, diet, exercise, sleep, hormones, etc.
We will discuss adjustments to your treatment plan depending on how you are feeling and if you re-aggravate your condition or experience a relapse in symptoms. These treatment frequencies are guidelines and flexible to your healing process.
Keep in mind that one of the most common factors that impedes your healing process is COMMITMENT to a treatment plan! If you do not come in, we cannot help you! If you commit to us, we are committed to supporting your healing.
We will almost always ask you to scale your pain, emotions, anxiety, frustration, or aggravated symptoms etc, on a scale of 1-10. 1 being manageable just niggling at you or chronic, 10 being unbearable and you are at the end of your rope. Below are some examples of scales and treatments times that our acupuncturist may set up for you.
10 out of 10: As often as possible (daily), until we see some change.
7-9 out of 10: 3x per week for 2-3 weeks, then re-assess.
5-7 out of 10: 2x per week for 2-3 weeks, then re-assess.
1-5 out of 10: 1-2x per week for 2-3 weeks, then re-assess.
Mild or long-standing issues(3 mos – 1 year): 1x per week for 4 -8 weeks, then re-assess.
Very long-term/chronic (+1 year): 2x per week for 10 weeks or 3x per week for 6 weeks, then re-assess.
Gynecological including hormonal, menstrual pain and/or irregularity: 1-2x per week until a normal cycle is established, then every other week until patient experiences 2 normal menstrual cycles.This is followed by monthly treatment at specific times during the cycle.
Chronic stress (and related symptoms): 1x per week during stressful periods and until stress subsides
Most other issues: 1x per week till 50% improvement, then every other week, then once a month.
Chronic conditions with poor prognosis (ie. degenerative conditions- MS, Parkinson’s, diabetic neuropathy, fibromyalgia, osteoporosis, arthritis, etc.): 1x per week as general maintenance
Wellness and Prevention: At least monthly and especially before travel, during seasonal changes, or times of higher stress.