Response to acupuncture treatments vary. Generally, acute disorders require several frequent treatments over a shorter period of time. For clients with acute pain or injury, acupuncture offers an impressive pain relief that can last. More chronic disorders may require a series of treatments or ongoing care, depending upon the symptoms that are present. For chronic pain, any notable reduction of pain during or following the session may not last permanently. When the pain returns, it is useful to observe how long the relief lasted, as this benefits would be expected to increase with continued treatments over time.
It is important to note that a fair trial of acupuncture for most conditions is 4-6 sessions. We do not expect all ailments to be resolved after the trial period, but we should have a fair estimate of what kind of results we may expect from additional treatments with acupuncture.
It is also important to remember that the closer together your treatments are, the more powerful and effective the results tend to be. Once the results can be more permanently established, less frequent treatment sessions may be recommended on a monthly basis in order to maintain wellness and flow within the body. For more acute conditions or flare-up's, treatments can often be utilized on an as-needed basis.