Do you re-use needles?
No. Needles come in sealed packaging. They are sterilized, single use needles that are disposed of immediately after use.
Does acupuncture hurt?
Receiving acupuncture for the 1st time can be an intimidating experience. People often worry they may re-live the trauma of their childhood immunizations. But rest assured, acupuncture is a gentle practice that uses tiny needles. You may feel a slight pinch upon insertion which should dissipate within a matter of seconds. Once the needle is in place, you may experience feelings of a dull ache or a heaviness, both of which are expected and of no concern.
What can I expect at my first treatment?
Spencer’s initial consultations last 60-75 minutes. During this consultation, Spencer will take a thorough history through a combination of active listening and question asking. He will gather additional information through pulse and tongue diagnosis, as well as through palpation. Once Spencer has a well-rounded hypothesis, he will treat the patient’s chief concern using acupuncture, and/or other Traditional Chinese Medicine modalities such as Cupping, Gua Sha, Tui Na or the use of a TDP Lamp.
Follow up appointments can be booked for either 60 or 75 minutes.
Any additional TCM modalities offered will be used as deemed necessary by Spencer at no extra cost.
What should I wear?
As a general rule, loose fitting, stretchable clothing is best. Depending on the type of treatment, the practitioner may need access to different areas. For example, for dealing with back pain, Spencer might need direct access to parts of the back. For digestive issues, he may need access to the stomach and abdomen. If you do not have access to loose fitting clothing, not to worry! With an abundance of clean sheets and draping procedures in place, a lack of loose clothing will not hinder your treatment.
If my neck hurts, why are you putting a needle in my foot?
(Read: Why are you needling so far away from where it hurts?)
Before I answer your question, I will ask you a question.
How do you turn off a light?
I will now answer your question with the words of famed TCM practitioner, Dr. Richard Tan :
“You can walk to the light bulb, or you can flip a switch. We needle where the switch is”.
Well that sounds nice, but where’s the proof? Well, in the pudding, of course.
In a 2011 article from the American Journal of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation entitled Remote Therapeutic Effectiveness of Acupuncture in Treating Myofascial Trigger Point of the Upper Trapezius Muscle, their Randomized Controlled Trial concluded that “all measured parameters improved significantly” with distal acupuncture, but not with the placebo control group.
A 2013 article out of Evidence Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine found that distal acupuncture in the lower leg “could relieve proximal muscular tightness and lead to improvement in cervical ROM in individuals” with active myofascial trigger points.
 Chen, Kai-Hua et al. “Remote effect of lower limb acupuncture on latent myofascial trigger point of upper trapezius muscle: a pilot study.” Evidence-based complementary and alternative medicine : eCAM vol. 2013 (2013): 287184. doi:10.1155/2013/287184