What To Expect

WHAT WILL HAPPEN ON MY FIRST VISIT?

For your initial consultation, we will discuss your overall health and full medical history. Questions are asked about your current symptoms and any treatment you’ve received so far. It is also important to gather detailed information about your medical history and that of your family, your diet, digestive system, sleeping patterns and emotional state. Any written diagnostic test results that you have (i.e. MRI’s, CT Scan’s X-Rays) would be beneficial to bring. I recommend wearing loose, comfortable clothing to receive acupuncture treatment (i.e. tank top, shorts, loose jogging pants). In addition you will receive your first acupuncture treatment.

WHAT SHOULD I DO BEFORE TREATMENT?

Eat a light meal 2 to 3 hours before your treatment. It also helps to be in a calm state. Try to arrive 10 or 15 minutes before your appointment to give yourself a chance to relax. Makeup and nail polish should be minimized or eliminated. Please also avoid the use of perfumes, colognes or strongly scented cosmetics. Refrain from overexertion, drugs or alcohol for the remainder of the day after your session.

WHAT SHOULD I EXPECT DURING A TREATMENT?

When acupuncture needles are inserted you may experience a heavy, achy, or tingling sensation near the needle site or along the associated meridian pathway. Once the acupuncture needles have been inserted into appropriate points in your body, you will be left to relax in your treatment room for 15-20 minutes, giving the needles sufficient time to influence your body’s qi. Most people look forward to this opportunity to relax during an otherwise hectic day and generally feel refreshed afterwards.

HOW WILL I FEEL AFTER ACUPUNCTURE?
Some people feel relaxed while others feel energized after an acupuncture treatment. It is not uncommon to experience a short-term flare-up of symptoms as your body resets itself. Any side effects will be discussed at the time of your visit.

Your relief may be immediate or delayed up to 48 hours. Relief may last for a few hours to days after the first session and longer after the following sessions. But not everyone responds to acupuncture. If your symptoms don’t begin to drastically improve within a few weeks, acupuncture may not be the right treatment for you. This will be discussed along your course of care.

Focusing on your health and committing to a healthy lifestyle are the best steps you can take to maintain your overall well-being. Even after your symptoms are resolved, acupuncture can assist you in maintaining your health, and possibly prevent future imbalances. The more you incorporate acupuncture and TCM into your life, the more you’ll learn to nurture your body, mind and spirit.