You can expect your first visit to an acupuncturist to be pleasant, informative, and relaxing. Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) gives you a fresh, comprehensive outlook on your health and well-being.
The initial consultation will involve a discussion of all of your signs and symptoms, your family and personal medical history, and your general lifestyle choices including which foods you enjoy, how much sleep you require to feel rested and what types of activities you pursue. For this reason, I ask my patients to allow 1.5 hours for their initial consultation and treatment. At this time, a TCM diagnosis and treatment plan will be discussed. Forming a diagnosis also involves taking the patient’s pulse on both wrists, and observation of the tongue. These are unique diagnostic techniques that acupuncturists have used for centuries.
Follow-up visits will involve a less detailed discussion, but will evaluate your overall progress. Follow-ups generally last 1 hour.
After the consultation and creation of a treatment plan which will address both your symptoms and their underlying cause, you will receive an acupuncture treatment. Approximately 10-20 acupuncture points are used per treatment. The needles are ultra-fine, pre-sterilized, and discarded after a single use. Acupuncture points cover most of the body, although the most commonly used points are located around the joints, spine, and head. Acupuncture is generally painless and is a very pleasurable experience for most people. My treatment rooms are private, warm, clean, and comfortable. You will rest on the soft massage table for 20-30 minutes. Your needles will then be removed.
Following your acupuncture treatment I will be available to answer any further questions you may have.