DURATION

1 hr. 30 Min.

A chiropractic follow-up is an appointment with a chiropractor scheduled after a previous visit. Its purpose depends mostly on how the previous visit went.

If a follow-up is scheduled after an initial consultation and after the results of diagnostic tests are released, the purpose is to explain the results of the tests as well as the patient’s possible treatment options. The appointment ends with the doctor providing his treatment recommendations based on his findings or diagnosis.

However, if a follow-up is scheduled after treatment, its purpose is to assess the results of the treatment and check if more treatment is needed.

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Risks

The risks of acupuncture are low if you have a competent, certified acupuncture practitioner using sterile needles. Common side effects include soreness and minor bleeding or bruising where the needles were inserted. Single-use, disposable needles are now the practice standard, so the risk of infection is minimal. Not everyone is a good candidate for acupuncture. You may be at risk of complications if you:

Have a bleeding disorder. Your chances of bleeding or bruising from the needles increase if you have a bleeding disorder or if you're taking blood thinners.

Have a pacemaker. Acupuncture that involves applying mild electrical pulses to the needles can interfere with a pacemaker's operation.

Are pregnant. Some types of acupuncture are thought to stimulate labor, which could result in a premature delivery.

Acupuncture Improves Your Life

Several studies, however, indicate that some types of simulated acupuncture appear to work just as well as real acupuncture. There's also evidence that acupuncture works best in people who expect it to work.

Improves

Muscle Spasms & Pain
Chronic Back Problems
Allergies
Digestive Problems
  • Anxiety
  • Arthritis
  • Chronic pain
  • Depression
  • Insomnia
  • Migraines
  • Nausea
  • Sciatica
  • Sinus congestion
  • Stress and anxiety
  • Tinnitus
  • Weight loss

What happens during an acupuncture treatment?

At First, your acupuncturist will ask about your health history. Then, he or she will examine your tongue’s shape, color, and coating, feel your pulse, and possibly perform some additional physical examinations depending on your individual health needs. Using these unique assessment tools, the acupuncturist will be able to recommend a proper treatment plan to address your particular condition. To begin the acupuncture treatment, you lay comfortably on a treatment table while precise acupoints are stimulated on various areas of your body. Most people feel no or minimal discomfort as the fine needles are gently placed. The needles are usually retained between five and 30 minutes. During and after treatments, people report that they feel very relaxed.

How Many Treatments Will I Need?

The frequency and number of treatments differ from person to person. Some people experience dramatic relief in the first treatment. For complex or long-standing chronic conditions, one to two treatments per week for several months may be recommended. For acute problems, usually fewer visits are required, usually eight to ten visits in total. An individualized treatment plan that includes the expected number of treatments will be discussed during your initial visit.