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What to Expect for Your Visit

Whether you are a newbie to acupuncture or just new to our center, it is understandable that you may be nervous for your first visit. Rest assured that we will explain each step of the way what we will be doing and why we do it. You are encouraged to ask questions and we will be happy to answer them. We believe that your sessions should be informative, educational as well as therapeutic.

Before Your Visit

  • If your insurance policy covers acupuncture, please make sure that you have provided the office the following information so that we can verify your coverage:
    Your Full Name
    Date of Birth
    Primary Subscriber's Name (if not self)
    Primary's Subscriber's Date of Birth
    Insurance Carrier
    Subscriber or Member ID#
    Insurance Carrier's Phone Number
  • Save time at the office by printing and completing registration forms ahead of time.
  • Make copies of relevant medical reports such as MRI, XRays and/or bloodwork to bring to your appointment.
  • Wear, or bring with you, loose fitting clothes such as t-shirts and shorts..
  • Have a light meal or snack 2 hours before your appointment.
  • Avoid strenuous activity and alcoholic drinks. Intoxicated individuals will not be treated.
  • If possible, refrain from eating or drinking anything that may stain your tongue as we will need to examine the tongue's natural color during your visit. For example, such items would include coffee, fruit punch, chocolate, milk and strong mints.

During Your Visit

  • Registration: We will ask for you to fill out a registration form, if you did not already do so. If you have insurance coverage, please provide us with your insurance card so that we may make a copy.
  • Health History Intake: The acupuncturist will review the history of your current condition as well as inquire you of your overall health.
  • Physical Examination: (1) Palpation - If you have pain, the acupuncturist will examine you by applying pressure to the affected region and/or ask you to perform specific tasks to evaluate range of motion / function. (2) Tongue / Pulse Inspection: The acupuncturist will check your tongue for its coating, color, shape and size; and check your pulse on both wrists for its strength and quality.
  • Evaluation / Discussion of Treatment Plan: We will recommend a treatment plan and timeline of care based on our findings.
  • Acupuncture Treatment: Areas to be treated will be cleaned with rubbing alcohol before needle insertion. Once all needles are in place, they are generally retained for 20 minutes. Complementary therapies may be utilized such as moxibustion, guasha and cupping.

After Your Visit

  • What to expect: Most people feel very relaxed after acupuncture. It is also common and normal to feel a little tired. Soreness, and even some bruising, may occur in the needled area(s) - but these are temporary and resolve on its own. If you are concerned about anything, please do call the office.
  • Do's and Don'ts After an Acupuncture Treatment: Do take it easy and relax as much as possible during the rest of the day and night. Gentle exercises such as yoga are okay, but refrain from strenuous activity.
  • Keep a log : Write down on paper how you feel day to day and bring it in for your next session so that we may track your progress throughout the course of your care.
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