At the core of this ancient medicine is the philosophy that Qi (pronounced “chee”), or vital energy, flows throughout the body. Qi animates the body and protects if from illness, pain and disease. A person’s health is influenced by the quality, quantity and balance of Qi.
Initial visits generally last from 45 to 90 minutes. Dr. Hecker will take a detailed health history, perform a physical exam, and provide you with your unique treatment plan.
We recommend that you:
- Wear comfortable clothing.
- Don’t worry. This is relaxing experience.
During your first exam, we spend time getting to know you and your health concerns. You may be asked a wide range of questions about your symptoms, eating, exercise, sleep habits, emotional states and anything that may offer insight into your health. Dr. Hecker may also employ diagnostic tools that are unique to acupuncture.
Once Dr. Hecker has gathered enough information, you will receive a comprehensive diagnosis and a treatment plan that will explain:
- Your underlying imbalances
- Your timeline of care
- What types of treatment you will receive