Experiencing your 1st Acupuncture Appointment
During your first appointment your acupuncturist will spend time getting to know you and your health concerns. You may be asked a wide range of questions about your symptoms, eating, exercise, sleep habits, emotional states and anything that may offer insight into your health.
What does a treatment feel like? Does it hurt?
When the needle is inserted into the skin, you may feel a slight sensation similar to a mosquito bite. There may also be a feeling of heaviness, warmth, or pressure in the affected area. People often associate needles with pain, but acupuncture needles are NOT like anything used in the hospital. Our acupuncture needles are many times thinner making it virtually painless.
When can I expect results? How many treatments will I need?
The number of acupuncture treatments required varies depending on the condition being treated and the results desired. Generally, a series of 6-8 treatments are recommended. The longer the body is out of balance the longer it takes to rebalance it. Acupuncture is subtle and powerful, allowing the body to heal from the inside out.
What do I need to do prior to my first appointment?
We will need you to complete your health history form online prior to your first appointment, this will be emailed to you. * Please check your Junk Mail folder for clinic emails.
How treatment works:
To treat any imbalances, fine sterile needles will be inserted at specific acupuncture points along the meridian pathways. Your acupuncturist will concentrate on acupuncture points related to specific organs and muscle groups, based on your unique issues and symptoms. Your acupuncturist may include other related therapies in your treatment plan, such as cupping massage, gua sha or ear acupuncture.
Your role in the healing process:
Your actions are a key component of your treatment plan. Focusing on your health and committing to a healthy lifestyle are the best steps you can take for your well-being. Together, you and your acupuncturist can heal your body's imbalances and help you achieve your goals. Even after your symptoms are resolved, acupuncture can assist you in maintaining your health, and possibly prevent future imbalances. The more you incorporate acupuncture and TCM into your life, the more you’ll learn to nurture your body, mind and spirit.
Acupuncture is not an instant fix.
True healing takes time and dedication. Depending on your current health and symptoms, you could feel better right away, or you may need treatments for weeks or months to achieve the results you want. Your acupuncturist can give you an idea of what to expect. With a little patience and an open mind, you’ll be on your way to health and vitality. Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine offer a safe and effective holistic health care system. This natural approach can both resolve symptoms and improve your overall health and well being.
For the best treatment results, keep a few things in mind:
Please show up on time
Don’t eat a large meal before your visit
Wear loose, comfortable clothes
Be sure to discuss any questions or concerns with your acupuncturist
Refrain from overexertion, recreational drugs or alcohol for at least six hours after treatment
Follow your treatment plan between visits
Keep all of your appointments, as each visit builds upon the previous ones