What to Expect

Many patients are nervous about their first acupuncture treatment, and this is normal.  Once you see the needles yourself and have a chance to ask questions and get to know us, we think you’ll be pleasantly surprised at how relaxing acupuncture can be.

Before your first visit, please print off the new patient paperwork found under ‘Patient Forms’ on this website.  Forms can also be emailed to you by our front desk, or you can come by clinic and pick them up ahead of time.  If you don’t have your paperwork filled out ahead of time, please be sure to come to clinic 15 to 20 minutes before your appointment.  This gives you the opportunity to check in and fill out forms before your visit.

If you have insurance you’d like us to bill, please call our front desk ahead of time and give them your insurance information so we may verify your benefits.  Please bring your insurance card with you to your appointment.

We begin your appointment by asking you questions about your main issues we will be treating.  It is helpful for us to know what types of scans, tests or x rays you have had, what other therapies you’ve tried, and the history of your main issue.  We also need to know what medications you are taking, including vitamins and supplements.

We will conduct a thorough health history, asking you questions about previous injuries, surgeries, food intake, exercise routine, and a quick review of symptoms regarding your body functions on a day to day basis.

We may use Chinese medicine diagnostic techniques such as taking pulses at the wrists and looking at the color and coating of the tongue.

We then perform an exam of the area we are treating, seeing if we can feel tender areas, ‘knots’ in the muscles, areas that feel tight or inflamed and we may ask you to move a limb so we can see the range of motion in the joints.

We treat you on a comfortable treatment table or while seated in a chair or wheelchair. We swab the skin with alcohol prior to needle insertion, and we use only sterile disposable needles.   Acupuncture points are located all over the body, so we may choose points on the legs, arms, back, ears or scalp for treatment of your issue.  Sometimes we’ll leave needles in for about 20 minutes and let you relax.  We have heat therapy and TENS therapy that may be used as well.

Shiatsu (Japanese) or tuina (Chinese) massage techniques might also be used to treat your condition. The needles are removed and then we let you slowly get up and check out.  If an herbal formula is appropriate for your condition, you will be given instructions on their proper usage.

Usually we see patients one to two times a week for the first few treatments, depending on the condition.

It’s very common for some patients to notice relief right away after their first treatment, other patients notice a more subtle change over time.