Your First Visit
Patients new to acupuncture often ask what it’s like, and how to prepare for a visit. Below you will find a few important points on how to obtain the most benefit from your treatments.
Before Acupuncture Treatment
- Avoid coffee and other stimulants a few hours before treatment.
- Eat within at least 2 hours of your appointment.
- Wear comfortable loose fitting clothing.
- Fill out your new patient forms in advance.
After Acupuncture Treatment
- Avoid strenuous or vigorous exercise – enjoy a walk instead.
- Increase your water intake.
- Avoid alcohol and caffeine.
What to Expect on Your First Visit
Your first visit will begin with an in depth assessment of your condition along with the initial treatment. This visit may take 1 1/2 hours, follow up visits are scheduled for 1 hour. During your assessment we will discuss your chief concerns and determine the best course of treatment for your condition. We will consider which of the many Chinese Medicine modalities (acupuncture, cupping, moxa, herbs, etc.) as well as diet and nutritional supplements to utilize in order to achieve the best possible healing response.
I will make every effort to ensure that you are comfortable during your visit. Although people experience different levels of sensitivity, acupuncture pins are very thin, and many people including children, are surprised at how painless it is. If you suffer from needle anxiety I will assist you in calmly overcoming your anxiety, and make sure your experience is comfortable and positive. Each set of needles are retained for 20 to 30 minutes. Our treatment rooms are designed to enhance relaxation and the healing process, many people often take a nap or experience a very deep relaxed state.
Pulse and Tongue Diagnosis
As part of your intake, viewing your tongue and feeling your 12 Chinese Medicine pulses can provide a great deal of information about your health to help guide the treatment.
Results to Expect from Acupuncture Care
In the West acupuncture has been extensively researched by many of our leading medical schools, and proven to be an effective evidence based system of healing. It has become an integrated part of mainstream medicine, especially for the treatment of pain. Thousands of research articles on the use of acupuncture can be found at PubMed (www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/).
Many people experience surprising and immediate relief soon after acupuncture. Results often depend on the severity and chronicity of the problem. Acute conditions respond more quickly, and require fewer treatments. Needless to say, the sooner you seek treatment the greater your healing response. Chronic conditions take longer due to the many compensation and depleting patterns that develop when the body has been in pain or out of balance for an extended period of time.
Once your condition stabilizes we will discuss proactive care and preventive lifestyle changes that will assist you in maintaining strength and health, in order to reduce future injury or illness. To achieve this I often recommend posture exercises, nutritional support, herbs, stress management, and diet changes to assist you in achieving your long term goals.