Frequency of Treatments
Spinal cord injury is very traumatic to the body. In order to get the best results it is essential that acupuncture be started as soon as the acute traumatic phase is complete (approximately 1-4 weeks). Frequent and varied acupuncture stimulation of the nervous system is indispensable to ensure the fastest and most comprehensive recovery. Acupuncture treatments of 2-3 times per week are recommended to provide regular stimulation to the body. In addition to acupuncture, specialized exercises (for spinal cord injury: www.projectwalk.org) or physical therapy (www.ptinmotion.com) is also essential. Timing the acupuncture treatments before the exercise therapy provides the highest benefits for physical rehabilitation, since the acupuncture provides improved energy (Qi) and the exercise provides improved circulation of blood and increased strength.