Acupuncture: An overview of treatment

What can I expect at my first acupuncture session?

Before your first visit, please complete the new patient form and waiver via our Vagaro scheduling system.

Your practitioner will review your answers and discuss a treatment plan. You are encouraged to bring questions about your condition(s), and provide information about past treatments and procedures that you’ve tried or are using. Your first session will be a discovery session that will help your practitioner explore what challenges you face and how to create a treatment plan with acupuncture.

Acupuncture treatment will begin after the discovery session has provided a diagnosis. The practitioner will place sterile disposable needles into strategic points throughout the body. You may feel a tingling, warming, numbing or radiating feeling at the point of insertion. Once the needles have been placed, you’re encouraged to completely relax for 20-30 minutes. Some patients report falling asleep during this part of the session.

Other therapies that may be included are cupping, moxa (therapeutic heat) and Gua Sha (spoon massage). Acupuncture sessions will sometimes end with a brief massage. Recommendations for herbal therapy, nutritional counseling, massage and self-care is assessed at each visit. Depending on the condition, some patients find immediate relief from symptoms after a single acupuncture session – however, each body is different and your plan may include repeated treatments. Your practitioner will provide a comprehensive plan.

What’s an acupuncture treatment like?

Threadlike disposable needles are placed into the skin on strategic areas of the body to create a therapeutic response. The practitioner will ask questions about your level of comfort as a treatment session progresses. Acupuncture is safe and effectively corrects the patient’s circulation of Qi (vital life force), and enhances the patient’s ability to resolve illnesses.

How does herbology work?

Plants have been the basis for medical treatments through much of human history, and such traditional medicine is still widely practiced today. Depending on the condition being treated, your practitioner may provide you with an herbal formula to to support your individual healing process.

Does nutrition and self-care play a role in my treatment?

Lifestyle, exercise and nutrition are essential to health and healing. Your practitioner will assess your nutritional intake and make suggestions for a balanced diet. These suggestions are supported by self-care recommendations that will help support your treatment.

Massage and acupuncture = a complete therapeutic plan

Combining massage and acupuncture is a positive commitment to your overall well-being. Our licensed and experienced massage therapists will provide treatments based on your current physical situation and goals. Massage can be provided as a full-body treatment or to target a specific area that challenges your well-being. Our therapists are trained in many treatment styles such as Swedish, deep tissue, sports, prenatal, raindrop therapy and ashiatsu massage.

About Balanced You:

Rebekah Knause, L.Ac., LMT, RYT is the owner of Balanced You Massage. Rebekah was born and raised in West TN and has been in Knoxville since 2001.

She is a licensed acupuncturist with the state of TN and holds diplomate status with the NCCAOM. Rebekah graduated from the Jung Tao School of Chinese Medicine in Sugar Grove, NC in July of 2018. Rebekah has been a practicing massage therapist for the past 16 years as well as during her years studying at Jung Tao.

She began her massage career working with Apple Health & Wellness for seven years and learned various massage modalities and human anatomy. She discovered the many ways that a body can be injured – either by accidents, bad posture habits, poor ergonomics in the work place, and, how stress can create disfunction in the body. Throughout her time with Apple Health, she was constantly investigating how these injuries happen and asking the doctors about the various ways of treating people and their injuries. 

During her time practicing massage at Balanced You, Rebekah developed various neck, low back and shoulder issues. Her repeated attempts to treat her pain with massage, chiropractic, and exercise therapy did not quite provide the healing she sought. That is when she tried acupuncture. She was so impressed with the results she received from her treatments that she knew this was what she wanted to study and practice for the rest of her working life!

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