What to expect...
Arrive 20 minutes prior to your first appointment. This will give you time to find parking, locate our office and settle in. Be sure to fill out of the forms that have been emailed to you and email them back to our office at least 24 hours prior to your first visit, this way I may review your paperwork.
Frequently patients ask what to wear. It is suggested you wear loose comfortable clothing, in this way it will be easy to access your arms, legs, and torso. If you are coming straight from work, bring along a pair of shorts and a tank top which you may change into.
Acupuncturists will ask you A LOT of questions. This will help to arrive at a diagnosis and treatment plan specific to you. We will also look at your tongue and take your pulse. Both of these help to arrive at the correct diagnosis. Pulse taking is a bit different then you may be used to. Yes, we are feeling and noting the rate and rhythm of your heart rate, but we also feel your pulse to gain an understanding of your bodies systems too! In acupuncture we palpate the pulse on both wrists, in three different positions, at three different levels. In this way, we can assess the systems of the body as they relate to TCM.
We will ask you to stick out your tongue, this may seem like a strange request. We ask that you do not brush your tongue prior to your visit as we may not see the true state of this specialized way to diagnose. We will also ask to see underneath your tongue as well, just in case sticking out your tongue wasn't strange enough!
You will have a few minutes to change your clothes if needed, then I will come back to the room and insert very thin needles into the points selected for your treatment. Then you will rest. I will check in on you to be sure your are comfortable. Sometimes the front of the body is treated, or the back of the body or both. Your time is important to me, so I will not keep you longer than your intended visit, which is typically 90 minutes for your first visit, and 60 minutes for subsequent visits.
You may have questions that still remain unanswered, that is okay, you can send me an email and I will get back to you as soon as possible.
I look forward to meeting you and being a part of your healing journey.