Your acupuncturist will give you an exam and ask questions about your current issue, overall health and lifestyle. Then your provider will look for the places (called points) on your body and each of the points relates to certain health problems or body functions. Your provider will look for landmarks on your body-using certain muscles or bones, for example-to find the points so that he or she can place the needles. After the provider finds the points, he or she will quickly tap very thin needles into your skin. Treatment usually lasts for 15 minutes to an hour. Acupuncture is a process, compare it to physical therapy and do not expect miracles. The longer a condition has been taking place, the longer it will take to disappear. Most likely you will need several visits to complete your treatment and consistency is key.
What does it feel like? You may feel slight pressure when a needle goes in. Most people find that it doesn't hurt. The area may tingle, feel numb, itch, or be a little sore. The needles used in acupuncture are hair thin.
Acupuncture is an ancient technique used in Oriental Medicine that uses tiny, sterile and disposable needles to stimulate your body to heal itself. With these needles, we are creating opportunities for the body to heal naturally by activating different types of systems, like the nervous and endocrine systems. It is very rare for any acupuncturist to be able to resolve a problem with one treatment. On your first visit, your acupuncturist will create a treatment plan and will make suggestions of other therapies, if needed. This suggestion is based on our experience with treating different kinds of conditions.
Wear comfortable clothes as you will be on a treatment table and we need to be able to access acupuncture points on your arms and legs (yoga pants or shorts are great). Eat a small snack prior to your appointment, do not arrive at the clinic with an empty stomach.
Plan to spend one hour total at the clinic.
Turn your cell phone off and enjoy your treatment.