Your first appointment is generally 1 ½ to 2 hours. With the initial intake and consultation taking an hour and the treatment the remaining hour. Follow ups are a hour.
As a new patient you have 2 options for paperwork:
If you are taking any medication or herbal supplements please mention them during the first visit.
After the initial consultation, you may be asked to remove your shoes and socks and lie down. Depending on the area to receive treatment, you may be asked to remove other articles of clothing. For your comfort and convenience sheets are provided.
A short physical will involve, abdomen palpitation, examining your tongue and taking your pulse in both wrists in order to arrive at a traditional Chinese medical diagnosis.
Acupuncture points will be swabbed with alcohol, then very thin, sterile, disposable needles will be inserted. When the chi arrives at the acupuncture point you may feel a heavy, tugging or sharp sensation which will quickly dissipate. Some points are more sensitive than others.
The needles can be retained, left in, for 25-35 minutes and or the needles will go in quickly contact the chi and be removed, not retain. A blanket is available should you feel cold during your treatment.
Most people find acupuncture to be very relaxing; however, should you experience any pain or discomfort, please speak up right away so adjustments can be made.
After we have completed the session I will recommend a treatment plan which can include one or more of the following: additional acupuncture treatments, lifestyle and diet changes, referral to other healing professionals.
After Your Visit
Plan to take it easy after your treatment.
Eat moderately before and after treatment do not fast, do not feast.
Avoid consuming substances that alter your energy. Examples are coffee and alcohol.
Avoid extremes; temperature, physical activity and flavors.
Sometimes after receiving an acupuncture treatment you may feel a little lightheaded or “woozy.” If that is the case, please sit for a while in our waiting area. In a few minutes you’ll be relaxed and clear-headed.
Very rarely, symptoms may become worse after an acupuncture treatment. This is often a sign that preciously dormant conditions are being awakened so that complete healing may occur. This should pass quickly. If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to call.