YOUR FIRST ACUPUNCTURE SESSION

Whether you are new to acupuncture or just new to our office, it is understandable that you may be nervous for your first visit. Rest assured that we will explain each step of the way what we will be doing and why we do it. You are encouraged to ask questions and we will be happy to answer them. We believe that your visit should be informative, educational as well as therapeutic.

Due to COVID-19, some of our office procedures have been modified as a safety precaution.  

BEFORE YOUR VISIT

  • Make copies of relevant medical reports such as MRI, XRays bloodwork and a list of medications

  • Wear loose fitting clothes

  • Have a light meal or snack 2 hours before your appointment.

  • Avoid strenuous activity and alcoholic drinks. Intoxicated individuals will not be treated.

  • If possible, refrain from eating or drinking anything that may stain your tongue as it may be inspected as part of the examination.  Such items would include coffee, fruit punch, chocolate, milk and candies.

DURING YOUR VISIT

  • Registration: You will be asked to complete a short registration form and to present your health insurance card and photo ID. 

  • Health History Intake: The acupuncturist will review the history of your current condition as well as inquire you of your overall health.

  • Physical Examination: (1) Palpation - If you have pain, the acupuncturist will examine you by applying pressure to the affected region and/or ask you to perform specific tasks to evaluate range of motion / function. (2) Tongue / Pulse Inspection: The acupuncturist may check your tongue for its coating, color, shape and size; and check your pulse on both wrists for its strength and quality.

  • Evaluation / Discussion of Treatment Plan: We will recommend a treatment plan and timeline of care based on our findings.

  • Acupuncture Treatment: Areas to be treated will be cleaned with rubbing alcohol before needle insertion. Once all needles are in place, they are generally retained for 20 minutes. Complementary therapies may be utilized such as moxibustion, guasha and cupping.

AFTER YOUR TREATMENT

Your acupuncturist will discuss with you what to expect after a session. It is advised that you refrain from physically strenuous activity after an acupuncture session.