What to Expect
After an initial consultation, Dr. Wu will discuss with you the various treatment options available. Recommendations are individualized and may include such modalities as acupuncture, acupressure, trigger point therapy, meditation, relaxation techniques, Chinese herbal medications, behavioral therapy, counseling, or conventional medications. The first visit typically lasts 90-120 minutes. Subsequent treatment sessions will vary in duration based on the modalities prescribed. Regardless of the treatments used, an important goal is for you to have a sense of control of your condition(s) so that you will not need to frequent the doctor’s office as often.
If you are already familiar with acupuncture, have a specific condition for which you have been successfully treated with acupuncture in the past, or have a non-neurological condition, you may contact Ms. Sonia Genovino, our licensed acupuncturist, directly for an appointment.
Schedules and Results
For certain treatment modalities such as Medical Acupuncture or Trigger Point Therapy, visits are usually scheduled weekly. If there is an acute problem that is still in its initial stages, an improvement in symptoms can sometimes be seen after just one or several visits. During this phase, two or three visits each week are not uncommon in order to achieve an endured favorable response. Once this is achieved, visits will be spread out accordingly. Chronic pain problems typically require maintenance treatments at regular intervals.
It is important to keep in mind that during the initial treatment session, any change, even a transient exacerbation of symptoms, is considered a favorable response. Also, no response may simply mean that the initial therapeutic input was not strong enough. Treatment will be tailored at each session according to your response.
For more chronic and deep-rooted problems, a favorable response may not be apparent initially but would typically be evident by the sixth to eighth visit. An endured favorable response is the ultimate goal of treatment. As such, a full course of treatment, approximately twelve sessions, is oftentimes recommended for these cases.