Your first visit will last an hour, up to 90 minutes. Please have a light snack beforehand. You can bring completed intake forms or arrive ten minutes early to fill them out in-office. Once inside the treatment room, you will have a conversation with your practitioner about your chief complaint, medical history, and lifestyle. Current prescriptions, lab work, and imaging may be reviewed. An examination of your tongue and wrist pulses will be performed, along with affected areas of the body, in order to determine a TCM diagnosis.
You should wear loose fitting clothing. However, private sessions allow you to disrobe as necessary. You will be properly draped as you lie on a treatment table where you may be treated face up, face down, on your side, or a combination. Tiny needles are placed gently into specific points carefully selected by your practitioner, and you are left to relax in a comfortable setting for 20-45 minutes, with you practitioner available by call button. Those who are nervous about needles are surprised to learn that they cause little or no sensation, and that experience is so relaxing that it's not unusual to fall asleep during treatments, which usually conclude with a brief massage of the affected area.
Payment is due after your treatment, and a follow-up visit will be scheduled.
Every body responds differently. Some people feel immediate effects, while others require several sessions. Additional therapies may be added at no cost if deemed necessary by your practitioner. The relief resulting from acupuncture can last anywhere from a few hours to several days or longer, and increases with frequency, so an initial treatment plan of ten sessions is recommended. Ideally, it is best to receive acupuncture twice per week for the first three weeks, and then weekly for the next four weeks. A re-evaluation may then be performed to determine the course of treatment thereafter. However, schedules and finances are considered, and treatment plans are adjusted accordingly.
Regular appointments are recommended to maintain wellness. Pre-paid package options are available for purchase.