What to Expect on Your First Visit
Before Your First Treatment
Before your first acupuncture session, please print and complete our New Patient Forms and read our FAQ’s. If you cannot print these forms prior to your visit, please arrive fifteen minutes early to complete the required paperwork. It is strongly recommended that you eat a light snack and drink plenty of water at least two hours before your treatment.
Your Individual Diagnosis
Your first acupuncture session will take approximately 1 to 1.5 hours to complete. Your practitioner will begin with a thorough intake of your health history and ask detailed questions about your main symptoms and complaints. There are many diagnostic tools for performing a Chinese medical diagnosis, such as listening to your speaking voice, observing your facial expressions and body movements, observing your tongue, and feeling the strength, quality, and depth of your pulse. Depending on your condition, other diagnostics may be performed by taking blood pressure, palpating the affected area, or testing range of motion or strength.
Once a diagnosis has been reached, your practitioner will recommend a treatment plan. Each treatment plan is unique to the individual, and may involve any combination of acupuncture, cupping, gua sha, moxibustion, herbal remedies, and dietary recommendations. Be sure to communicate your needs and any questions or concerns with your practitioner.
Your Acupuncture Treatment
At this time, your acupuncture treatment will begin. Please wear loose-fitting and comfortable clothing. On the occasion that changing is required, necessary garments will be provided. You may be positioned face up or face down on the treatment table, depending on the condition being treated and the points being used. Rubbing alcohol will be used to clean the acupuncture points. Very fine, single-use, pre-sterilized acupuncture needles are inserted into various points on the body and retained for 20-40 minutes, depending on your specific treatment. During this time, your practitioner will dim the lights and allow you to rest. Many people fall asleep during their treatment. After the proper amount of time, your practitioner will remove the needles and perform any recommended accessory techniques.
Rarely, drowsiness or mild bruising near the acupuncture points may occur. It is recommended that you refrain from excessive physical activity following treatment, and that you drink plenty of fluids and allow your body to rest and heal for the rest of the day.