What To Expect Before Acupuncture
- Please drink some water and have something to eat (preferably protein) 2 hours before your treatment: Dehydration and low blood sugar can cause patients to feel light-headed during or after their treatment and could increase sensitivity to the needle sensation.
- Wear comfortable, loose fitted clothing. Pants and tops should be loose enough to easily roll above the knee and elbow. Feel free to bring a change of clothes if you need to. I am also happy to use sheets and towels to drape you if you need to remove tighter fitted clothing.
- Please come prepared to pay at the time of service. We accept cash, checks, credit cards, and HSA cards. To use insurance, you need to have submitted your insurance information ahead of time so we can check your benefits.
- Complete your new patient paperwork online :). Within your welcome email there is a link to set up your account. After you have logged in there will be a button to fill out the intake form. If you hav eany questions feel free to email us.
- Please do not brush your tongue or eat colored foods/candy (e.g. beets) prior to your appointment. If you forget that is ok.
What To Expect During Acupuncture
- Unplug: Please plan to silence or put your electronic devices in airplane mode before you enter the treatment room. This allows you to be present and receive the full benefits of your treatment.
- New patient intake: At your first appointment, we will go through your intake paperwork thoroughly. I will ask additional questions about your health concerns, health history, current symptoms, diet, and lifestyle. This takes between 30-45 minutes.
- Pulse check: When I feel your pulse, this goes above and beyond counting the rate. In Chinese medicine pulse taking we are feeling three positions and three levels on each wrist. Your internal organs each have a resonance which can be felt in the pulse. I am feeling for rate, depth, strength, and quality of the pulse. This usually takes several minutes and helps me determine a pattern and reach an accurate Chinese medical diagnosis and tracks your improvement.
- Tongue check: The tongue gives a sense of your internal state. Different areas of the tongue represent specific areas of the body. This is known as a microsystem. I look at the color, shape, coating, texture, and any lines or cracks. I look at the veins underneath the tongue as well. Interesting Fact: Dark and distended veins under your tongue indicate stuck or stagnant energy. If you see this, go take a jog or exercise somewhat vigorously and recheck under your tongue after- you should notice the veins being lighter and smaller!
- Acupuncture treatment: Many people are nervous at their first acupuncture treatment and this is quite normal. Insertion of needles is done gently and often painlessly. If you feel any discomfort it is momentary. Acupuncture needles are retained from 20-30 minutes. During this time, many patients take an acunap, listen to music or a guided meditation, or enjoy silence. Other modalities may be included, such as gua sha, cupping, or tui na.
- Feel free to ask questions at any time during your appointment: However, out of respect for other patients appointment times will not be extended.
- Payment & scheduling your next appointment: Payment is due at the time of service unless insurance payment has been arranged. We accept cash, checks, all major credit and debit cards, and HSA cards. Returned checks will incur a $25 fee.
What To Expect After Acupuncture
- Drink plenty of water: I recommend drinking plenty of water and taking it easy for a few hours if possible after your treatment. Strenuous physical exercise is best done before your appointment and not directly after. It is perfectly normal to feel any of the following after your appointments:
- Relaxed, "spacey" or tired: This can feel euphoric. You may want to sit down and drink some water before driving if you feel this way.
- Energized: Treatments stimulate energy flow and can leave you feeling invigorated.
- Sore: It is possible you may experience some soreness at sites of needle insertion or in muscles and joints after treatment. This is particularly true if treatment was for pain control. Soreness should subside within 24 hours.
- Treatment plan: You will receive a personalized treatment plan within 1 week of your first appointment. This will be an emailed PDF that contains lifestyle and diet changes, as well as supplement and herbal recommendations to support your healing process.