Samantha Preis will address your health concerns and design your acupuncture treatment to address both the symptoms and the root of your condition. First she will listen to your concerns and gather information about your symptoms, lifestyle and health habits. Then she will discuss recommendations you can incorporate into your diet and lifestyle to improve your condition and prevent future imbalances. As a Traditional Chinese medicine diagnostic, she will examine your tongue and feel your pulses to get an idea about the overall state of your health. For some conditions she may palpate your abdomen or other areas of your body to check for tenderness that indicate stagnant Qi or blood.
Samantha is sensitive to new patients’ concerns about needles and will adjust the treatment to your comfort level. Much of the time needles will not be inserted directly into a painful or problem area. Once the needles are inserted you will lie comfortably on the treatment table and rest for 20-40 minutes. During this time cupping, moxa, gua sha or heat may be applied. Many patients take a short nap or meditate during this time.
Your treatment will be given in a private, clean and comfortable space. After the needles are removed you may feel very relaxed. Most of the time a noticeable difference is felt immediately after the treatment such as a decrease in pain or stress and an increase in function such as range of motion. Other times a few treatments are needed to produce a noticeable change. A plan will be determined to accomplish your treatment goals and a schedule will be recommended to maximize your results. Sometimes herbal tea, pills or liniments are given to help accomplish your goals.
Samantha Preis is always open to clarify your treatment plan and answer any questions you may have about your treatment.