Once your appointment is scheduled, you will receive a confirmation email. In that email, you will see a button that says: “Manage my Appointment”. Please click on that button and you will be taken to a HIPAA compliant-webpage which will allow you to complete a detailed health-history and sign forms.
It’s recommended that you eat a snack or light meal at least two hours before your appointment, and make sure that you’re are sufficiently hydrated.
Many treatments can be done while wearing comfortable, loose-fitting clothing. Wear a short-sleeved blouse or shirt, or one with sleeves that can be rolled-up above the elbows. Wear slacks or pants that can be rolled up above the knees (or bring shorts to change into). Gowns and sheets are also available if needed.
Your first acupuncture session will take approximately 1 to 1.5 hours to complete. We take sufficient time to review your health history and ask detailed questions about your main symptoms and complaints.
As part of your intake, we will look at your tongue and assess you pulse to gain further insight into your current state of health. Depending on your condition, other diagnostics may be performed such as blood pressure, range of motion and muscle stability.
Once your acupuncture treatment begins, rubbing alcohol will be used to clean the acupuncture points, and very thin, solid, hair-like, disposable needles will be inserted and retained for 25 – 40 minutes.
The number of treatments needed to resolve an issue depends on several factors, including:
Acute vs chronic conditions – Acute conditions usually require fewer treatments than chronic conditions, which may have been troublesome for months, years or decades.
The age and health of the patient – Children typically respond quicker than adults. A person with fewer health issues usually responds faster than one with many health issues.
Lifestyle activities, including diet, exercise regimen and changes in your daily routines.
When considering the above factors, a typical treatment plan can take several weeks or months. As we assess your progress at each treatment, we expect to see a trend of improvement, but depending on your day-to-day activities your symptoms may vary.