Sedona Acupuncture Services by Tom Ritchie, M.D.
Looking for Sedona acupuncture? Need a skilled and caring Sedona acupuncturist?
If you’re a Sedona, Arizona resident or visitor in need of acupuncture and holistic services, Tom Ritchie, M.D. of Sedona Synergy Medicine is at your service. Dr. Ritchie is a holistic medical doctor who has also trained extensively in acupuncture and Chinese medicine.
For those outside of the Sedona area, Dr. Ritchie also offers holistic counseling worldwide.
“Tom Ritchie, MD is a treasure. His healing gifts are an exceptional weaving of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Energy Medicine, and traditional Western medicine. I highly recommend his work.” Laura Alden Kamm, Medical Intuitive, author and founder of Center for Applied Energy Medicine
Dr. Ritchie is trained in a wide variety of acupuncture techniques, allowing him to choose the style most suited to each patient. Among the various techniques he uses are:
- Traditional Chinese acupuncture
- Japanese five element acupuncture
- Ear acupuncture
- Scalp acupuncture
- Hand acupuncture
- Needle-free Acupuncture
He also employs needle-free techniques for children and those for whom needles present a problem. Two of the most commonly used needle-free techniques are Koryo Hand Therapy and auricular (ear) therapy. Both of these options use acupressure to achieve the therapeutic goals. Another option is Pulsed Electromagnetic Frequency Therapy. This highly versatile and effective tool employs the science of acupuncture, but uses pulsed electromagnetic energy to assist in balancing and healing a wide variety of conditions.
What Can Be Treated with Sedona Acupuncture?
The use of acupuncture in Chinese medicine has been proven to be a safe and effective treatment option for most categories of illnesses. Its primary focus is to promote and maintain optimal health and well-being. This is aided by following certain principals and guidelines in our daily lifestyle choices. The guidelines to leading a balanced and healthy life include information and recommendations regarding nutrition, exercise, sleep, sex, work, emotions and spiritual cultivation.
The second focus is helping to recover lost health, whether the loss is from an acute injury or a chronic illness. The World Health Organization and other agencies around the world recognize acupuncture as an appropriate primary or adjunctive treatment for the following medical problems:
- Digestive disorders, including: Acute and chronic indigestion, Constipation, Diarrhea, Reflux, Ulcers, Spastic colon, Stones
- Urogenital disorders, including: Prostate problems, Impotence, Menstrual problems, Cystitis, Incontinence
- Respiratory disorders, including: Asthma, Allergies, Cold and flu prevention, Bronchitis, Sore throat
- Muscular and skeletal disorders, including: Strains, Sprains, Spasm, Arthritis, Tendonitis
- Neurological problems, including: Headache, Post-stroke rehabilitation, Tics, Sciatica
What Should I Expect from a Sedona Acupuncture Treatment?
In a Sedona acupuncture session, a thorough history of your current problems and a complete review of your past medical history are recorded.
- A general physical exam and appropriate focused exams are performed.
- Chinese medicine also uses special diagnostic exams: tongue inspection; pulse palpation; meridian (pathway) inspection and others.
- Your diagnosis and treatment plan is explained and any questions are answered prior to starting the treatment.
- You will be positioned in one of several comfortable positions on the treatment table prior to the needles being inserted. After the needles are in place, you should relax (take a nap), breathe abdominally and note any changes that might occur during the treatment.
- The average number of needles used in a treatment is about 10. The number will vary from 5 to 25 needles depending on the kind of problem, the number of associated problems and the general health of the patient.
- The average length of the treatment is 20 minutes. Treatment times range from as little as 5 minutes up to 40 minutes.
- You will be reassessed after each treatment and checked for any reactions to the treatment or impressions you might have noticed during the treatment.
- Follow-up treatments are about three days apart, or biweekly. As improvement is made, the treatment interval is increased progressively until no further treatment is indicated.
- The total length of a treatment series is quite variable. Generally, more chronic and complex problems require one to two treatments a week for several months to be effective. Acute or mild problems typically respond with just a few treatments. Maintenance visits are recommended to maintain the benefits and act as a preventative measure. Often problems can be detected long before they become serious and can be easily treated in their early stages. Results vary considerably and are influenced by many different factors.
- Between Sedona acupuncture treatments, you will be expected to keep a mental journal of your responses to therapy. This includes any changes in your main symptoms, as well as any changes noted in other areas of your health, habits, emotions and well-being.
- The impressions you note serve two critical purposes. First, they accurately record your progress as a result of treatment. Second, the process of keeping a record of your reactions, symptoms and changes trains you to become more attuned to your health. By becoming more aware of subtle shifts in the dynamic balances in your daily life, you will be able to identify and prevent imbalances from becoming an illness. The ultimate goal and responsibility of Chinese medicine is to educate you to become a more competent caretaker of your own health.
How Do I Prepare for a Sedona Acupuncture Treatment?
There are only a few simple rules for on-site acupuncture treatments. The following are general recommendations to help ensure a positive experience:
- Avoid being too full or too hungry prior to a treatment.
- Alcohol, pain killers and nonprescription drugs can diminish the effects of acupuncture.
- Empty your bladder before starting each treatment.
- Wear comfortable clothing that can be loosened or removed.
- Take all routine prescription medications as scheduled.
- Limit movement while needles are in place.
- Practice relaxed breathing during treatment.
- After treatment, it is best to eat lightly, rest and avoid activities.
Are There Side Effects?
Most patients report having a very positive and relaxing experience during their Sedona acupuncture treatments. Some patients may also notice temporary changes in appetite, sleep, moods, dreams, energy, bowel or urinary patterns. Most of these changes are positive indicators that healing is starting to occur. Preliminary reactions to treatments often serve to validate the diagnosis and predict the potential benefit of the treatment formulas being used.
Reactions are most pronounced during the first or second treatments with subsequent reactions becoming milder. The majority of reactions fall into one of three general categories:
A positive reaction. These patients notice either an improvement in one of their main symptoms or they report feeling one or more of the above described reactions. Positive changes may occur during the treatment or be delayed and appear hours later. Beneficial effects may last hours, days or the improvement may last indefinitely.
A neutral response. These patients are not aware of any reactions either during the treatment or in the hours or days following the treatment. The absence of an initial response simply means that no additional information is forthcoming at this time.
A temporary worsening. These patients notice a temporary worsening of the pain or symptoms for which they originally sought help. Some report feeling more tired or sleeping longer than usual after their treatment. This response is always temporary and of short duration.
Thus, acupuncture is a minimally invasive technique that is able to improve a problem, not cause it to become worse. Acupuncture works by aiding the body to move from a state of imbalance to one of better balance. The treatments will either help alleviate the problem or they will do nothing at all. This unique characteristic of acupuncture is in complete accordance with the admonishment of the Hippocratic Oath to “do no harm.”
Does Insurance Cover Sedona Acupuncture?
Currently most insurance providers do not cover Sedona acupuncture treatments. Some carriers are starting to provide coverage on a very limited basis. You will need to contact your insurance representative to see if your policy provides coverage. We will give you a printed receipt for your records. All treatments are on a fee-for-service basis. Cash, check and credit cards are all accepted.
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