Following our first visit, we will schedule your follow up a week or two from that date. I take your case home and really think about what treatment strategies would both be most effective for you while at the same time working within the bounds of your personal preferences and constraints. That’s not to suggest you’ll always love my plan for you (!) but you can rest assured that much research, thought and care has been taken in putting it together.
Your second visit, then, is where we discuss the various aspects of the initial Treatment Plan I’ve drawn up for you. Generally speaking, there will always be some dietary and/or lifestyle changes suggested, laboratory testing options offered, as well as supplements and/or botanicals recommended. It’s important to note that, regardless of my initial plans for you, you are always the one in the driver’s seat when it comes to your health. Everything is an open discussion, and I always welcome my patients to tell me if something won’t work for them or if a modification is required.
Your third visit usually comes 3-4 weeks later, once you’ve had the chance to implement one or more of the strategies and to allow some time for any laboratory testing to come in. We will assess any such lab results, adjust supplements, botanicals if need be, and troubleshoot any sticking points or challenges with respect to diet and lifestyle interventions. In this visit, we will also continue to address any concerns not originally discussed.
Sometimes follow ups will be progress checks, sometimes they will include new treatment strategies or options moving forward, and sometimes they will be entirely dedicated to the treatment itself (an acupuncture or hydrotherapy session, for example).
It’s important to appreciate that you are the one doing the healing. As I tend to repeat often, dietary and lifestyle changes are always recommended and are, in almost every case, the real launching pad to feeling better. Follow up visits will help keep your treatment perfectly adjusted to your changing needs, but they are also helpful in keeping you accountable.
The exact number of visits you will need to help resolve your chief concern(s) is, of course, entirely case dependent, but as you are feeling better, know that the progress checks become shorter and much less frequent.
Once you are feeling well, seasonal check-ins are a great way of preventing illness and keeping you in optimal health.