What To Expect
Before your visit
We generally use points on the head and below the elbows and knees. Please wear comfortable and loose fitting clothing that can roll easily above your elbows and knees. Also make sure you have eaten within 4 hours of your appointment. You don't want to be overly hungry or overly full when you receive acupuncture.
On your first visit
Please arrive 15 minutes prior to your scheduled appointment to fill out paperwork. Or you can download and complete the forms ahead of time.
After you have completed your paperwork, your acupuncturist will review your health history, answer any questions that you may have, and create a treatment plan for you. Then you can enter the treatment room and choose a recliner. Please remove your shoes and socks, roll your clothes above your elbows and knees, put your feet up, and relax.
After the needles are inserted, you can stay as long as you want. We typically recommend staying for at least 20 minutes, although 45 minutes is even better. After a few treatments, you will know when you're done or ''cooked.'' If you need to be woken up at a certain time, just let us know.
What does acupuncture feel like?
Acupuncture feels great! When the needle is inserted, you may feel nothing at all or you may feel something akin to a pinch or a slight insect bite. Even people who are afraid of needles usually say, ''Oh, that's it?''
After the needle has been inserted, you will often feel a dull ache, heaviness, numbness, or tingling in the area. This means that we have activated the point and that the needle is doing its job.
During the treatment, you can meditate, listen to music, fall asleep, or simply drift in and out of consciousness. The more relaxed you are, the stronger the treatment. You may feel sensations of movement in your body or even an activation in the area that's being treated. Again, this is a positive sign that the needles are working.
How many treatments do I need?
Acupuncture is a process. It works by stimulating the body's own self-healing mechanisms. It is gentle and gradual. Almost everyone who gets acupuncture will need a series of treatments to get good results. We hope that you'll feel better right after your first treatment, but to get these results to ''stick'' you will probably need a series of treatments closely spaced together. Each treatment builds upon the previous one -- acupuncture is cumulative.
Your acupuncturist will create a treatment plan especially for you. Here are some general recommendations:
- New conditions: For new problems - such as if you recently twisted your ankle or your back just went out - then 2 or 3 treatments a week for 2 to 3 weeks will usually do the trick. After that, your acupuncturist will help you determine if further treatments are still needed.
- Chronic conditions: For chronic problems - such as if you have pain that's lasted many months or years - then it's most effective to start with treatments 2 (or sometimes 3) times a week for 1 month and then gradually decrease the frequency as you improve. After the first month, you and your acupuncturist should have a good understanding of how you respond to acupuncture and how long your course of treatment should last.
Acupuncture works best when it is frequent and regular. So if you don't come in often enough or for long enough, acupuncture probably won't work well for you. In fact, you will spend less money and less time by getting treated frequently in the beginning, than if you come sporadically for a long period of time. We strive to make your course of treatment as quick and effective as possible. Our ultimate goal is to never see you again!