The first visit is 1.5-2 hours long. As your healthcare partner, my intent is to assist you in creating positive changes in your life to promote optimal health and well-being. For our partnership to be successful, trust is essential to establish. My style of practice involves providing a healing atmosphere through respect, warmth, attentiveness and compassion for human experiences.
We will begin the treatment in a comfortable, private treatment room. A thorough review of your medical history will take place. This detail is essential because we are weaving together a tapestry of your life which is key to understanding your current health condition and will assist in an accurate diagnosis. I will then look at your tongue and check your wrist pulses. These are the primary diagnostic tools in Chinese medicine and they are highly accurate! If necessary, I will conduct further medical examination/testing such as blood pressure, orthopedic testing, and palpation of the affected area.
We will discuss a treatment plan during your first or second visit, which outlines your course of treatment. It will contain information regarding an estimation of number/frequency of visits, an herbal medicine prescription (if needed), lifestyle changes, and at-home therapies which will assist your healing process.
Now the fun begins! You lie down on a soft, heated table and the acupuncture needles are inserted at specific points on your body. Your only job is to relax for 20-30 minutes until they are removed.
What to Bring
Please be sure to fill out the New Patient Forms prior to your appointment. It will take about 20 minutes to complete, and it will help me more thoroughly assess your medical history.
Additionally, please bring any lab work or imaging reports (x-ray, MRI, etc.) that are relevant to your current health concern.
Frequency of Treatments
The number and frequency of treatments will be discussed at this time and vary greatly based on your condition and overall health status.
The first 5-15 minutes are reserved for checking in with you, and reviewing and assessing your condition since the last treatment. An acupuncture treatment is performed for the remaining time. Usually during the first follow-up appointment, I will develop a detailed treatment plan tailored to your health concern which includes number and frequency of treatments discussed from the initial appointment. You will receive a copy to take home.
Here are some tips to help you have the best treatment possible!
Before your treatment
- Wear comfortable, loose clothing that can be easily rolled up past the knees and up to the elbows. This allows for easy access to most acupuncture points.
- Eat a light meal prior to your appointment. Having acupuncture on an empty stomach can cause dizziness and a heavy meal can cause nausea.
- Do not drink alcohol.
- Avoid caffeine at least 5 hours prior to your appointment.
- Stay well hydrated the day of the appointment.
- Avoid food or drink that can temporarily change the color of the tongue.
- Avoid perfumes and colognes as patients and staff are sensitive to these fragrances.
During your treatment
- Your main job is to relax. Sleeping is perfectly acceptable.
- Avoid moving the areas where acupuncture needles are inserted.
- If you become uncomfortable in any way, please promptly notify your practitioner.
After your treatment
- Rest as much as possible.
- Avoid strenuous activity at least 2-3 hours after treatment. It’s preferable if you resume your exercise routine the following day.
- Drink plenty of water.
- Avoid alcohol or caffeine.