Your Acupuncture Appointment- Frequently Asked Questions

What can I expect at my first acupuncture appointment?
We will discuss your health condition with you, and explain how acupuncture will help you. Most of the time spent at the appointment will be devoted to treatment. Needles will be inserted in strategically selected locations on the body and you will rest comfortably for 20 minutes. An infrared heat lamp (a source of gentle heat) will be used.

Do I need to tell you about my medical history?
We will review your medical records and familiarize ourselves with your medical history and with any therapies you’ve had so far. This will be prepared and completed ahead of time. We will spend the first few minutes of your appointment asking additional questions about your pain, but in order to maximize effectiveness, the majority of the initial visit will consist of treatment.

Is there anything I should do to prepare for acupuncture?
Try not to come to your acupuncture appointment on an empty stomach. A light snack is ideal. Using the bathroom ahead of time may be appropriate as you will be lying down uninterrupted for approximately 20-30 minutes. Please arrive a few minutes early.

Does acupuncture hurt?
We use very fine needles as thin as hair so there should be minima to no discomfort while the needles are inserted. After all needles are inserted, you should feel comfortable and able to relax.

How long does it take for treatment to take effect? When can I expect to feel results?
There is no way of knowing ahead of time how you will respond to the treatment. This depends on your individualized response. Typically, it takes approximately six treatments to determine the response you are receiving from acupuncture.

How often should I have acupuncture?
This is determined on an individual basis. The usual frequency is twice a week but this may vary.

Do a lot of people benefit from acupuncture?
Acupuncture is a widely accepted treatment that benefits thousands of individuals with a variety of conditions every day. However, the success is fully dependent on individualized response. Our team will do everything possible to ensure your success.

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