What will happen on my first visit?
The practice of acupuncture involves treating the patterns of disease. Whether you are coming for the treatment of neck pain or everyday stress, diagnosis involves taking into account many aspects of your health. On your initial treatment we ask some questions that will be pertaining to your concern and why you have come in to see us. You will be asked about your current symptoms and any treatment you've received so far. The more information we can learn the more effective your treatments will be. After an initial evaluation appointment, we will work with you to develop a personalized treatment program tailored to your needs. You will also receive a treatment on your initial appointment.
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 the patient laying on the treatment table fully clothed unless the acupuncturist needs to reach some hard to get points. In this case you will be offered a gown to wear. There are hundreds of acupuncture points acupuncturist 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.
How many treatments will I need?
The number of acupuncture treatments you need depends on the complexity of your illness, whether it's a chronic or acute condition, and your overall health. For example, you may need only one treatment to fix an acute back pain, while long-term illness may require treatments for several months to achieve good results.
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.