Mark Fradkin Acupunture

The Evaluation-Consult

The initial treatment is always preceded by an evaluation-consult. The first visit includes a thorough health history, a detailed review of each body system and assessment of general wellbeing. A physical examination will include assessment of the pulses, palpation of relevant acupuncture meridians and body regions, and looking at the tongue. With the information collected, a Traditional Chinese Medicine pattern diagnosis is made that is then used to form the treatment strategy. In addition to receiving a diagnosis, each patient will learn how the ailment most likely developed, what can be done to resolve it and what steps to take to assist in the healing process. The patient will also receive guidance for lifestyle adjustments to help maintain optimal health.

Depending on the nature and duration of the issue to be treated, one or several modalities will be suggested to achieve the most benefit. Each patient is actively involved in choosing which modalities he/she is most comfortable using

Acupuncture Treatment

Acupuncture patients experience a sensation of the Qi flowing, but not pain. When a point is treated, gentle adjustments are made until the patient experiences the Da Chi effect a mild warming or tingling sensation that indicates the acupuncture point has been connected. Points are usually treated for 20-25 minutes. Most treatment sessions are 45-60 minutes in length with typically 2 sessions per week for the first few weeks of treatment. The course of treatment can be any where from a few days to several months, depending on the complexity and duration of the ailment. To ensure safety only sterile disposable needles are used.