What will happen on my first visit?
Each person who performs acupuncture has a unique style, often blending aspects of Eastern and Western approaches to medicine. To determine the type of acupuncture treatment that will help you the most, your practitioner may ask you about your symptoms, behaviors and lifestyle. He or she may also closely examine:
How many treatments will I need?
The amount of treatments required varies greatly on what the condition being treated is. Generally, acute musculoskeletal disorders have a quicker healing time, ranging from 3 visits to 10. Other disorders, such as headaches, menstrual disorders, emotional disorders, digestive disorders, etc., require a longer treatment plan, and will be discussed during your first visit.
What should I do before treatment?
Please make sure to eat a light meal 1 to 2 hours before your treatment.
What should I expect during a treatment?
Treatments are done with you laying on the treatment table fully clothed unless the we need to reach some hard to get points. In this case you will be offered a gown to wear. There are hundreds of acupuncture points we are trained in knowing exactly where they are and what they are used for. Points are chosen both function and location and based on the answers to the questions we asked earlier during the initial conversation. The needles do not hurt and are generally placed in the feet, lower legs, arms and near the injury where you feel pain.
How will I feel after acupuncture?
Patients normally feel relaxed and calm. You may feel tired or drowsy for a few hours if the treatment is particularly strong. It is not uncommon to experience a short-term flare-up of symptoms as your body resettles itself. It is recommended that heavy labor or workout is not done the same day as treatment nor using alcohol or recreational drugs.
How long is a typical appointment?
Initial appointments will last 45 minutes to 1 hour and follow up visits are 30 minutes - 1 hour depending on your condition and modalities used.
Should I take acupuncture if I'm not sick?
Acupuncture is an excellent way to maintain optimum health. The stress of modern life often goes undetected until manifested in physical illness. Regular acupuncture treatments work as a preventive measure in keeping you in balance and feeling more centered.