Heather Thompson
B.P.E., R.Ac., R.TCM. P., DTCM (p)

002, 4616 Valiant Drive, N.W.
Calgary, Alberta, T3A 0X9

Registered Acupuncturist; R.Ac (AB & BC)
Registered Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioner; R.TCM.P (BC)


FAQ

Does acupuncture hurt?
How many acupuncture sessions will I need?
How often are acupuncture sessions scheduled?
Do you re-use needles?
What should I wear? Do I have to take my clothes off for an acupuncture treatment?
Will I be given herbs as well as acupuncture treatments?
How are herbs administered?

 

      

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Does acupuncture hurt?

Typically, no. Many people experience little or no sensation. Others quickly become accustomed to the needle penetrating the skin, which can feel a little like a mosquito bite. For some people, one area of the body may be especially sensitive. I work with each patient to ensure he or she is comfortable with the process, and I’ll offer other treatment options if appropriate.

 

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How many acupuncture sessions will I need?

After an initial course of treatment -- six to eight sessions – we’ll re-assess and determine a schedule that will further your progress. Then we work together to move towards a wellness model to maintain good health rather than work hard to restore it.

 

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How often are acupuncture sessions scheduled?

Initially, a typical frequency is once per week. After a course of treatment, six to eight sessions we review what has changed and then set up a schedule that will work to maintain the symptom free status or continue to work to that end. Many people find that after the initial complaint is resolved we either shift focus to other concerns or transition to a maintenance schedule every four to eight weeks.

 

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Do you re-use needles?

Never. In accordance with laws governing the practice of acupuncture, I treat patients with sterile, single-use needles, which are disposed of at a licensed facility.

 

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What should I wear? Do I have to take my clothes off for an acupuncture treatment?

Wear loose, comfortable clothes. In most cases, you won’t need to remove any clothing; if you have to disrobe, you will be draped for modesty.

 

 

 

 

Will I be given herbs as well as acupuncture treatments?

Some conditions respond well to herbs, or to a combination of herbs plus another treatment. Herbs are also used to secure the benefits of your treatment and help keep you moving forward. Your program will be tailored to your needs.

 

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How are herbs administered?

I generally use powdered or granulated herbs so I can customize your prescription. You administer them by dissolving them in water to make a tea. If you prefer, I can supply your herbs in capsule form.

 

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