New Patients 2018-04-24T09:33:19+00:00

New Patients

Together we can work toward achieving your health and wellness goals

What Does Acupuncture Feel Like?

Many first-time patients are concerned that acupuncture needles will feel like injections at the doctor’s office. They don’t! Acupuncture uses tiny, flexible needles that you will hardly notice. When I gently stimulate or twirl the needles they may produce a unique sensation that patients often describe as a heaviness or pressure, or a tingling traveling feeling. You may also feel a mild electrical sensation moving up or down the meridian pathways, although this is less common. All my patients find these acupuncture sensations deeply calming and leave the treatment feeling relaxed both mentally and physically. There will be a calm in the mind, but you should be fine to go to work afterwards, however it is encouraged not to do any heavy or strenuous exercise right away. Acupuncture also naturally compliments other therapeutic modalities, so to follow up with a deep massage, chiropractic adjustment, yoga class or meditation is highly encouraged.

Your First Visit

When you arrive for your first acupuncture appointment I will ask you to complete a comprehensive intake form. The acupuncture intake form asks questions about your current state of health, past illnesses, and family history. These questions are important because the holistic approach of Oriental medicine takes everything into account. Your current symptoms may not seem related to past health issues, but our bodies are complex landscapes and everything that happens to them leaves its mark.

After reviewing your intake form, we will discuss your condition, and I will examine your pulse and tongue, which are two of the basic diagnostic methods of Oriental medicine. The acupuncture points I choose will depend on your condition, but you can expect approximately 20 needles. Once the needles are inserted, I will leave you to lie comfortably for 15-20 minutes with the needles in place. Many people find acupuncture treatment deeply relaxing, and it is not uncommon for patients to fall asleep during this time.

How Many Treatments Will I Need?

The benefits of acupuncture are cumulative, so more then one treatment is necessary. For acute conditions you can expect to have 10 to 15 treatments, but you will usually begin to feel relief after just the first few. Chronic conditions may take longer to respond, depending on the type, severity, and duration of the condition. Preventative treatments and treatments for general well-being may also be scheduled on an as-needed basis.

What Can Acupuncture Treat?

Acupuncture works by activating the body’s own healing powers, so it can be beneficial for many health conditions. The World Health Organization (WHO) has documented many symptoms, diseases, and conditions that have been shown in controlled clinical trials to be effectively treated with acupuncture. Below are some common conditions I can treat, but please feel free to call me about your specific health condition.