What to Expect
Knowing what to expect from your visit will make the experience more comfortable for you, and it will also save time for me as your practitioner. This way, we can focus on more important things and making sure you get what you need during your first visit.
- The first visit will obviously last longer than subsequent visits. This is when your complete health history will be discussed and your individual needs evaluated. Once your condition and treatment plan have been established, you will receive your first acupuncture treatment. The first visit lasts anywhere between 75 to 90 minutes in length. Subsequent visits last between 45 and 50 minutes.
- Diagnosis of your condition is determined not only through a thorough medical history, but also through physical examination, which may include palpation and evaluation of movement. Specific diagnostic techniques particular to Traditional Chinese Medicine will also be employed such as visual inspection of the tongue and complexion in addition to the taking of pulses from both wrists.
- Following the diagnosis, a treatment plan will be recommended as well as any other therapies that might complement your treatment.
- Make sure to wear loose-fitting clothing so that you may be comfortable and to allow easy access for needle placement.
- It is best to not come to a treatment on an empty stomach or an extremely full stomach. It is also recommended to not have a treatment if you are intoxicated or extremely weak. If you are tired or weak, you may want to have someone accompany you so that you do not have to drive after treatment.
- Be sure to use the restroom before your session so that you can relax and enjoy your treatment without any interruptions.
- The most common side-effects of acupuncture are slight bleeding and bruising at the sight of needle insertion, some soreness and minor discomfort. Please notify me if you have any blood disorders or are on any blood thinning medications prior to treatment. If you are on any blood thinners or anti-coagulants, consult your physician prior to having any acupuncture treatment.
- If you are pregnant or suspect that you might be pregnant, please let me know prior to treatment so that the appropriate herbs and point prescriptions can be determined based on your particular situation.