Your First Visit

Preparing for Your Acupuncture Visit

Patients new to acupuncture often ask how should I prepare for a visit. Below you will find a few important points on how to obtain the most benefit from your acupuncture treatments.

Recommendations:

Before Acupuncture Treatment

  • Avoid coffee or alcohol prior to your visit
  • Eat or have a snack within 2 hours of your visit
  • Wear comfortable loose fitting clothing
  • Please print & fill out the New Patient Forms

After Acupuncture Treatment

  • Avoid strenuous or vigorous exercise
  • Take a walk in green space & turn off the phone
  • Increase your water intake…a lot
  • 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. Depending on the complexity of your case this visit may take between 1-1/2 to 1-3/4 of an hour. Follow up visits are scheduled for 1 hour. During your assessment we will discuss your chief concerns and determine the best course or style of treatment; such as Chinese or Japanese style acupuncture, sports medicine acupuncture or NAET®. We will also consider which modalities in Chinese medicine (acupuncture, cupping, acu-stim myofascial release, moxa, herbs) to utilize in your treatments in order to achieve the best possible healing response.

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. 

Many people experience surprising and immediate relief soon after acupuncture. Results often depend on the severity and chronicity of the problem. Acute conditions often respond very quickly, and require fewer treatments. That being said, the sooner you seek treatment the greater your healing response. Chronic conditions can take longer due to the many compensation 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 and preventive lifestyle changes. It is my desire to help you maintain health and vitality, and to reduce the risk for future injury or illness. To achieve this we explore posture exercises, yoga, nutritional support, stress management, and diet changes to assist you in achieving your long term goals.

Email us today to get started on the road to healing.