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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

 

MASSAGE

What are the benefits of massage?

In addition to relaxation, massage therapy roots out pain and tension at its source. The primary benefits include, but are not limited to:

  • Reduced tension and knots: Massage loosens the muscles and relieves chronic tension brought on by the stresses of the day.
  • Injury recovery: Massage increases circulation and reduces recovery times.
  • Relief from pain and discomfort: Muscle tension begets more tension, which in turn can create light chronic pain.
  • Better sleep: Muscle tension contributes to insomnia and poor sleep positions. Massage relaxes the muscles, so sleeping is much easier.
  • Additional health benefits: Massage has been linked to a better immune system, improved heart health, fewer headaches, and much more. In addition, countless studies have shown that when the body feels better, the mind does as well. People dealing with anxiety, stress, and possibly depression often find that massage has mental health benefits as well, such as improved mood and stress coping.
Which type of massage is right for me?

Your massage therapist will discuss your wellness goals and any symptoms or issues you are experiencing to select the best techniques for your unique needs. Our DR Signature Massage is designed to provide relief and restoration throughout the body, which incorporates deep tissue, trigger point therapy, ashiatsu, Swedish and cupping to address specific needs.

Can I use my flexible spending account (FSA) or insurance for massage treatments?

Yes, please check with your plan provider.

How often should I receive a massage?

Your frequency of treatments will depend on what issues we are addressing and your overall wellness goals. If you are dealing with chronic pain or recovering from an injury, weekly sessions may be ideal. For preventative care or managing stress, many clients schedule recurring monthly appointments. We’ll work with you on a schedule that fits your needs and your life.

How much clothing should I remove?

We want you to feel relaxed and comfortable, so you are welcome to undress at whatever level you prefer. Many clients undress completely while other prefer to leave their undergarments on.

When should massage be avoided?

You should not book an appointment if you have a fever, cold, flu, or contagious skin infection. If you feel dizzy, or have recently been in an accident, you may want to postpone your massage. People with high blood pressure, deep-vein thrombosis, and certain skin conditions should check with a doctor before getting a massage.

 

CHIROPRACTIC

What conditions benefit from chiropractic care?

A Doctor of Chiropractic (DC) treats back pain, neck pain, headaches, and other related conditions originating from the spine including issues with the musculoskeletal system, involving the muscles, ligaments and joints. The resulting benefits include improved spinal function, reduction in pain and overall improvement in health and wellness. In order to maximize these benefits, we also advice patients on nutrition, exercise, and other occupational and lifestyle changes that can improve outcomes.

Can I use my flexible spending account (FSA) for chiropractic treatments?

Yes, please check with your plan provider.

What is a chiropractic adjustment?

A chiropractic adjustment, also known as a spinal manipulation, is a procedure where a trained specialist uses their hands, a small instrument and table to apply a controlled force in a precise direction to a spinal joint or certain area of the body. The goals of ongoing adjustments are to correct spinal alignment, alleviate pain, and improve the body’s overall functioning.

Do chiropractic adjustments hurt?

You may feel slight discomfort as minimal force and gentle pressure are used during spinal manipulation. However, any discomfort is brief and subsides once the adjustment is completed. Most patients feel relief immediately following their chiropractic treatment.

Are chiropractic treatments safe?

Spinal adjustments are extremely safe when performed by a licensed chiropractor. In fact, chiropractic care is recognized as one of the safest, drug-free, non-invasive therapies available for the treatment of back and neck problems. Although no health treatment is completely free of potential adverse effects, the risks associated with chiropractic care are very small. Some patients may experience mild soreness, stiffness or aches.

How often do I need to see my chiropractor?

Your frequency of treatments will depend on what issues we are addressing and your overall health goals. Chronic pain or long-standing problems may call for more frequent, ongoing appointments. While most people find that scheduling a recurring appointment once a month is optimal for preventative care and general wellness. Following any recommendations on lifestyle changes will also impact your treatment plan. Your chiropractor will discuss how many treatment sessions are recommended for you, so you’ll know what to expect.

 

ACUPUNCTURE

What conditions benefit from acupuncture?

This natural, non-pharmaceutical treatment is used to treat common ailments, including pain, stress, muscle tension, headaches, migraines, neuropathy, anxiety and depression. The hormones released during acupuncture are the body’s natural painkillers. As such, most forms of chronic pain can benefit from acupuncture, including lower back pain, nerve pain, neuropathy, sports injuries, headaches, migraines and menstrual pain. These same hormones also help improve sleep quality, and better sleep can also help with chronic pain.

Can I use my flexible spending account (FSA) or insurance for acupuncture treatments?

Yes, please check with your plan provider.

Does acupuncture really work?

Yes, by placing very thin needles in targeted areas triggers the release of several hormones that the body naturally uses to decrease pain, improve mood, and increase circulation. The biomechanical actions triggered during acupuncture are a safe, natural and effective treatment.

Does acupuncture hurt?

The needles used in acupuncture are so small that any discomfort is generally mild. You may experience a small pinch, sting or dull ache. However, most of the time, most of clients barely even feel the needles. Any discomfort usually dissipates within seconds. If any uncomfortable sensation persists longer than a few seconds, simply tell your acupuncturist and they will adjust or remove the needle.

How many acupuncture treatments will I need?

Since everybody’s body responds differently, we typically start with three treatments to test how your body responds. Most people experience some immediate relief of symptoms, but how long the results last vary for different individuals. The first few treatments are usually enough to tell how well and how quickly your body will respond, which gives us a good idea of how many treatments you will need to reach your goal. Generally, the more treatments you have, the more effective and long lasting the results will be. Your acupuncturist will devise a treatment plan based on your individual response to these initial treatments.

Is acupuncture safe? Does acupuncture have any side effects?

When performed by a licensed, experienced acupuncturist, acupuncture is safe. We only use pre-sterilized, disposable needles to virtually eliminate any risk of infection. We never reuse needles.

Possible side effects are rare, usually last a brief time, and may include, a slight worsening of symptoms, fatigue, soreness, bruising, muscle twitching, lightheadedness and the occasional emotional release. Minor bleeding or bruising may also occur where the needles are inserted.

There are also several positive side effects including the reduction of stress and improved sleep, digestion, circulation, and mental clarity.

When should acupuncture be avoided?

There are a few instances when acupuncture is not recommended. If you have a bleeding disorder or take blood thinners, your chances of bleeding or bruising is increased. If you are pregnant, acupuncture may, in some cases, stimulate labor, which could result in a premature delivery. If you have a pacemaker, Electroacupuncture, which involves applying mild electrical pulses, can interfere with a pacemaker’s operation.

How long do the needles stay in place during acupuncture?

The duration that needles are left in place varies, based on your treatment plan and goals, but the average is about 30 minutes. In some cases, a longer period of time may be recommended, but length of time has an insignificant effect on most treatments. If you are in a hurry or have other scheduling concerns about the length of your appointment, please discuss with your acupuncturist before your treatment begins.

 

HERBAL

What is traditional Chinese medicine?

Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) focuses on Qi (pronounced “Chee”), that is the life energy that flows through the body. It has been practiced for thousands of years based on the study of the flow and impact of Qi (energy) in the body. TCM therapies include Chinese herbs, acupuncture, cupping and Qigong. The theory is that illnesses arise when the flow of Qi in the meridians of the body is blocked or becomes unbalanced.

How is Chinese herbal medicine different that pharmaceutical drugs?

Many modern pharmaceuticals are actually derived from herbal medicine. However, drugs are made by synthesizing molecular compounds in a lab or by isolating extracts of active ingredients found in plants. Herbal medicine, on the other hand, uses the whole plant for a more balanced effect that is less likely to cause side effects. Chinese herbs are usually prescribed in combination to increase the efficacy of the formula and treat the imbalance of Qi at the root of the problem. Most Chinese herbs have very low toxicity compared to even common, over-the-counter Western drugs.

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