Yours in Health,
With Balance Method Acupuncture you should see results immediately upon insertion of the needles. This relief usually lasts 1 to 3 days then pain gradually returns as the body has not healed after only one or two treatments. Acupuncture is a cumulative therapy to address not only the symptom of pain but also the underlying causes of the pain.
Hope this helps. To find a practitioner of Dr. Tan's Balance Method Acupuncture would be the wisest choice for results immediate and long term. Hope this helps. Mari
Yours in health,
Be well, be confident, we can help.
When you see your practitioner, they will have a more reliable answer because they will know the nature of the root cause of your situation. Most people do leave with the pain dramatically reduced if not removed, but it is also a matter of how often you normally get HA's vs how that can be reduced with treatments.
Chronic conditions (problems that have persisted for more than 3 months) can sometimes take time to resolve. Your body has been experiencing this issue for quite some time and has, in some ways, adapted to it. We're trying to unwind the issue and the adaptation and sometimes this doesn't happen quickly.
The other thing to consider is that, from the perspective of Chinese medicine, all headaches are not created equal. Depending on where you feel the pain, what the pain feels like and a number of other factors there could be upwards of five or six different root causes in the Chinese model. Some of these resolve fairly easily and some are more difficult.
I do a lot of work with pain, including headache and migraine. My general rule of thumb for patients is: you should be noticing some change either in frequency, severity or both after 3-4 treatments. A full course of therapy for chronic headache might be in the 8-10 treatments range.
These are ballpark numbers - everyone is different, some will respond more quickly and some will respond more slowly. It's hard to know where someone will fall until they've had 2-3 treatments and we can see how things are progressing.