Experiencing your Initial 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. Initial visits generally last from 70 to 80 minutes and we will provide you with your unique treatment plan as well as your first acupuncture treatment.
Your practitioner will also employ diagnostic tools that are unique to acupuncture and TCM such as tongue and pulse diagnosis as well as the Exstore Muscle Assessment. Treatments can include acupuncture (TCM), motor point acupuncture (modern), cupping massage, guasha therapy or ear acupuncture.
Getting the most out of treatment
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, 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
What do I need to do prior to my first appointment?
We will need you to print and fill out your health history form prior to your first appointment: /janiskrauseacupuncture/doc/PatientHealthHistory.pdf
Direct billing is available for select insurance plans, please bring your insurance card with you and these completed forms to your appointment. /janiskrauseacupuncture/doc/InsuranceForms.pdf
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. Herbal remedies are another important aspect of acupuncture and TCM, and it is important to understand and follow your practitioner’s directions in order to get the most benefit from these treatments.
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 imbalances and help you achieve harmony and balance.
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 TCM offer a safe and effective holistic health care system. This natural approach can both resolve symptoms and improve your overall health and well being.
Follow Up Acupuncture Treatments are for patients who have already been treated at our clinic, have already had a initial intake and are scheduling for a repeat visit. Appointment times are available in 30, 45, 60 and 75 minutes time slots.