Your First Visit
Your first visit will begin by showing you how we operate. Then your acupuncturist will bring you into the treatment room, assess your condition and give you an acupuncture treatment. This may take up to an hour or an hour and a half. Follow up treatments often last one hour. Please print out and complete the forms below and bring in with you on our first visit.
- Patient Information
- Medication Sheet
- Informed Consent Form
- About Community Acupuncture
- Privacy Notice (HIPPA)
Pulse and Tongue Diagnosis
As part of your assessment, viewing your tongue and feeling your pulse can provide an acupuncturist with a great deal of information about your body to help guide the treatment.
Many people on their first visit do not feel the insertion of the needles. Since acupuncture is a stimulation therapy, it is not uncommon to feel some sensation. Many report feeling a deep or distending feeling at the point of insertion which lasts for a short amount of time - this is called "de qi" and is therapeutic.
The needles can stay inserted for 25 minutes to an hour or more, depending on how you feel. Soothing music in the background will help you relax. Many people even fall asleep.
What to Expect After Treatment
Individual response to treatment varies. Your relief may be immediate, delayed for a few hours or even develop after 1 to 3 days.
Course of Treatment
As part of your first visit, a course of treatment will be discussed. Since individuals vary, it is difficult to state definitively at the time of your first visit exactly how many treatments will be required. In general, acute conditions of recent onset may only require a few treatments. Chronic conditions usually require more treatments to achieve sustained results. With chronic conditions an initial course of 8 treatments is recommended, during which an assessment is made to see how acupuncture helps your condition. Most people begin to experience results within the first few treatments. If there has been no response to the acupuncture after 10 treatments, it will likely not work and other approaches should be considered.
The ideal approach to any illness is to begin treatment as soon as possible. The sooner you seek help, the easier it is to treat. For longstanding illnesses, weekly treatments may be required for several months in order to have a curative effect.