What to Expect
We make sure all our new patients feel welcome, safe, and taken care of. Before your first appointment, you will receive an intake/consent form to complete on-line. Please complete as much or as little of this as you are comfortable with - at the minimum your main complaint and a brief history of this complaint, as well as any other health concerns or prior conditions. During your first visit, Sean will review your medical history, health goals and what to expect during treatment. After, you will lie either on your back or front on a massage table (loose pants and a loose top are most comfortable and it allows Sean to access all the points necessary for the treatment). It is also recommended to remove shoes and socks.
Is it safe? Does it hurt?
Every patient experience is different when it comes to needles. On rare occasions patients may experience light bruising, bleeding, or needle site pain and sensation. Patients should inform the practitioner if any discomfort arises.
Needles are inserted into specific locations based on a combination of the following:
According to TCM diagnosis & meridian theory
These include adjacent and distal points, away from the injured area to address the underlying cause and release referred pain.
Directly into the painful area (Ashi or trigger points)
This helps reduce pain by relaxing the tense muscles involved in the pain/injury, bringing it back to its normal state. These points will often generate a strong twitch or muscle release when stimulated with the needle.
Note: Physiotherapy dry-needling or IMS (intramuscular stimulation) is a derivative of this technique. Its administration is typically more aggressive and does not include traditional meridian theory points.