Let’s Talk About your Laundry List
When people first reach out to me about Acupuncture, they typically give me their “laundry” list of symptoms. Usually, these symptoms are things they have sought treatment for as they appeared, without long lasting impact. People also tell me about symptoms that they have sought answers to, only to be told they are sub clinical, or not something that can be treated by the professional they saw. Over the years, all of these problems add up and push people to a breaking point. By the time you get to me, your body is telling me a story with that list of symptoms.
People usually give me their list hoping that I can address all of the problems individually. Often trying to prioritize or express what makes them feel the worst right now. People often say things like “I’m a real mess”, or “I know, it’s a lot”, but I want people to know, it’s common. When I see these lists, I’m not thinking that it’s a lot or too much to address at once, I am thinking “this looks like a pattern of ......”. This is great, because it means you don’t have to prioritize your laundry list, we are going to address the underlying link between all the items
Another reason I get the laundry list, is people are wondering if “there is a point for that?”.
There is a common misconception that there are certain point for problem A, another point for problem B, and so on. In reality, Acupuncture is all about the combination of points, the order they are inserted, and techniques used to stimulate the needles. People often ask “what is that point for?” And I always smile, and try my best to summarize the use of the points. However, this is an over simplification of the beautiful network of signals I have crafted for your body
With Acupuncture, we don’t just treat symptoms, we look deeper into the root of the problem, we think in terms of systems and relationships between them. We search for the link between that problem you have had since childhood, that problem that arose in college, and that problem that is getting worse now and making it difficult to deal anymore. It all tells a story of how your body is trying to maintain homeostasis and balance. It is an impossible task to separate the functions of the body because when one thing doesn’t work properly, it sets of a whole cascade of problems. We don’t just have hormonal imbalances, or just digestive problems, or just pain. We have a breakdown in the cooperative function of the organs, systems and tissue of your body.
When I see you in my clinic, I am actually thinking of two treatments for you. A “root” treatment, and a “symptomatic” treatment. It is important that you achieve an improvement in your symptoms quickly, but it is also necessary to treat the root cause. If we do not address the root cause, the effects of treatment will not last, and you will cycle through periods of good and bad.
When Acupuncturist gather, someone always brings up feeling like they only practice “band-aid” acupuncture. This is the name we have given to not seeing people often enough to treat root cause, but only the symptoms. This can happen for a variety reasons, but it usually comes down to not seeing the patients often enough in the initial stages of treatment, or stopping treatment as soon as the symptoms disappear. This is why I always let people know what their treatment plan looks like, and evaluate it each time I see you. I want you to feel in control and know exactly where your health stands and what path I can offer you to optimal, long lasting health!