All prospective patients can complete an initial consultation for which no fee is charged. During this visit you will have a one-on-one consult with your clinician about your case. This is to ensure that you are a good candidate for acupuncture and that you are familiar and comfortable with our philosophy and program. (In case you’re just landing here without knowing about us, click to learn more about us). At the conclusion of your free consultation, you will have the opportunity to schedule a full appointment.
Acupuncture Initial Treatment
Your initial acupuncture treatment visit lasts a little less than an hour. At your intake, the clinician will go over your case and medical history in detail, talk about a comprehensive treatment plan, and administer your first acupuncture treatment. Treatments are often integrated with herbal consults, cupping, and other modalities.
Acupuncture follow-ups last for 45 minutes and include a brief update since the last treatment, with the remaining time spent relaxing into a place of healing. Acupuncture treatments will often be integrated with herbal consults, cupping, and other modalities depending on necessity.
(Included in treatment when appropriate.)
Moxibustion or Warm Needle
Using Mugwort, or Artemisia, that has been refined and processed we can apply it directly to the needles and burn it. This process warms the tissues and surrounding areas allowing the muscles muscles to relax, increasing blood flow, and promoting healing. It can also be applied directly to the skin or burned like incense above the body to create the same effect in different parts of the body.
Cupping or Myofascial Decompression
Using suction to release tension and congestion in your muscles. Traditionally done with glass and fire, here at Red Raven we use silicon cups for a more dynamic approach. This flexibility of the cups allows for greater control over the amount of suction applied, but also lets the cups mold to the shape of the muscle keeping them in contact with the skin during range of motion exercises. This is extremely beneficial for people with chronic and athletic injuries. In East Asian and Chinese Medicine, the cups pull out old and stagnant blood that is flowing slowly through tight muscles, bringing fresh, healthy blood into the area to help facilitate healing. Sometimes the old stagnant blood will appear as hickeys where the cups were left, but despite how they look they are not painful. From an Allopathic Medicine perspective, myofascial decompression can be extremely beneficial for people with lactic acid build up, stress, or injuries inhibiting muscle function.
Gua Sha or Scraping
Literally translating as "raise a rash", this is a scraping technique uses the same approach and theory as cupping, but using metal and stone tools to move the congestion through the muscles and skin. The same dark marks of stagnant blood in cupping can appear in scraped areas but will usually clear up within a week. Many western clinics apply similar techniques of scraping and often people can see immediate results.
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