“We want your first visit experience to be the best”- Dr. Stefanie Bennett
Dr. Bennett’s goal as an acupuncture practitioner is to understand your body’s individual patterns of disease during your first visit examination and follow ups. Like a Western medical doctor, Dr. Bennett will assess your physical condition by identifying symptoms and conducting an extended interview to uncover your medical history and any external factors that may impact your health and well-being. The physical examination of your body, however, will vary from that of a traditional medical doctor.
Dr. Bennett will inspect your expressions, facial color, and body-build. She will observe the body of your tongue, as well as the tongue’s coating, moisture and mobility. Dr. Bennett will listen to your respiration, speech characteristics, and coughs. She will even consider your bodily odors.
During an acupuncture examination, your pulse is examined by feeling three different regions on both of your wrists. Each of the regions reflect the condition of the heart, liver, right and left kidney, lungs, and spleen. Additionally, Dr. Bennett will use her hands or fingers to apply slight pressure to acupuncture channels and points to look for abnormal reactions that occur when disease is present in the body.
Dr. Bennett will then combine and study all of her observations and the information gathered during your first visit examination to get a bigger picture of what is really going on internally. Dr. Bennett will determine the stage to which a disease has developed, the location of the disease and your body’s amount of strength and resistance to fighting the disease. This information allows Dr. Bennett the ability to strategically choose the acupuncture points specific to your individual condition and the most effective techniques and methods—such as cupping or moxibustion—to use in order to regulate and re-balance the body.
Once Dr. Bennett has made a diagnosis, you will lie down on a sterile, padded bed while Dr. Bennett inserts hair-thin needles into the acupuncture points. Acupuncture needles differ in length and width and are chosen by the depth of the insertion. Depending upon the acupuncture points chosen by Dr. Bennett, you may lie face down, face up or on your side. Once the needles have been inserted, Dr. Bennett will leave you to relax with soft, peaceful music. While many people would assume inserting needles would hurt, acupuncture is not generally painful. In some cases, people report feeling a quick pinch or pressure, but most people feel very peaceful and may even fall asleep. Once all of the needles have been inserted, the needles stay in place for generally about 20 to 30 minutes. There is no set amount of needles that will be used. Each condition requires a different number of needles at various acupuncture points. On average, Dr. Bennett will insert between four and twenty needles, but the number of needles may change with each treatment according to your disease’s response. For less severe conditions, you may only need one treatment while other conditions may require up to twelve treatments. For example, neck pain can be treated with 1 treatment, whereas, a bulging disc in the neck will take 6 treatments and bronchitis will be treated in 8 to 10 sessions. Some chronic diseases, such as diabetes, asthma, cardiac disorders, or paralysis, require extended treatment plans. Dr. Bennett will be able to give you her an estimated time frame for treatments during your first examination. Here at Bennett Acupuncture you may be given supplements and herbs
as well based on your needs. Many patients decide to continue on a wellness program of once a month, to keep balanced. For a list of conditions Dr. Bennett treats please click here