What to Expect at your first treatment
At your first appointment it's our time to discuss your main reasons for coming in. Then Dr. Jennifer will take an in depth medical history; including family medical history, history of injury/surgery, current medications and supplements, and more.
Unlike a western medical doctor, Acupuncturists ask many detailed questions about dietary habits, bowel and urinary habits, sleep cycle, dreams, and many other areas that are normally ignored by doctors. These details are our way to detect imbalances in your body that can lead to more major symptomology later in life. They also give us clues in order to determine the best treatment plan for you.
Depending on your condition we use anywhere from 8-20 needles. When we needle you may experience some needle sensation, or Qi sensation. This includes a small pinch at insertion and other sensations after insertion including: heaviness, itching sensation, tingling, and pulsation. These are desired effects from the needles and generally do not bother the patient. Then we leave the needles in place, as you rest on the treatment table, for anywhere from 10-30 minutes.
Please allow 90 minutes for a full first consultation and treatment. Follow up treatments will be 1 hour or less. At the end of your treatment Dr. Jennifer will discuss your suggested treatment plan. This could include dietary changes, herbal treatments, and she will discuss how often is beneficial for you to return to acupuncture treatment. Depending on your health situation, I normally suggest starting treatment twice per week for the first few weeks-month of treatment. Then we will start spacing treatments further and further apart until we reach maintenance stage, which could be once a month or once every few months. Your treatment plan will be tailored to you.
It is imperative to come to your treatment hydrated and having eaten a substantial meal. However, please do not come too full or under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
Bring a list of all of your current medications including any herbal supplements and vitamins. If you don't know the ingredients please bring the bottle with you.
Come wearing comfortable clothing that has easy access to the arms and legs, up to the elbows and knees. Some areas like the upper back may require you to change into a gown for easier access.
Please come to the treatment having showered. Coming for treatment directly after a workout is not advisable. We use alcohol to clean the area of insertion but it is better to be clean in order to prevent any risk of infection.