What to Expect
During your initial visit, the practitioner will meet with you privately for a brief interview and physical assessment followed by an Acupuncture treatment. You will then be advised about your treatment strategy and the recommended frequency of future treatments. The initial session can last from 1 to 1.5 hours.
In the Community room you will find a comfortable recliner and other needled patients resting. The Acupuncturist will feel your pulse and look at your tongue for diagnostic purposes, then insert the needles. If there needs to be a discussion, it will be brief and in soft-voices. In the Community Acupuncture room, patients honor the environment by respecting the privacy of others. In the event that you need to speak to the Acupuncturist about a highly personal matter prior to your treatment, words can be exchanged privately before entering the Community room.
If it is absolutely necessary to access your chest or abdomen for treatment, you will be treated in a private area – you will never be asked to disrobe outside of a private area.
- Plan your day so that after the treatment you can get some rest, or at least not have to be working at top performance. This is especially important for the first few visits.
- Maintain good personal hygiene to reduce the possibility of bacterial infection.
- Wear loose fitting clothing to the treatment so that shirt sleeves and pant legs can be comfortably rolled-up.
- Remember to keep good mental or written notes as to your response to the treatment. This is important information for you to recognize progress and for you to communicate to the practitioner for optimum treatment strategy.
- Continue to take any prescriptions medicines as directed by your medical doctor.
- Avoid being too full or hungry before the treatment.
- Avoid over exercise, sex, caffeine or alcohol shortly before or after the treatment.
- Avoid brushing or scraping your tongue at least 2 days prior to your treatment (the practitioner will inspect your tongue as part of the Traditional Chinese Medicine diagnosis).
To inquire further or schedule an appointment feel free to Contact Us.