YOUR FIRST VISIT...
First-time patients can save time during their visit by downloading, printing and completing this patient health care forms in advance. The information we request in this form will be extremely valuable to our physicians in providing new patients with the best possible care. Please bring the completed forms with you to your first appointment.
Please take some time to browse through this website as it contains valuable information to help you understand what you can expect from AcuTherapy. We look forward to partnering with you to address your health concerns and will do all we can to ensure that you achieve the most successful result possible for you.
Initial visit with full intake – 75 to 90 minutes
Follow up visits – 60 minutes
During your session, your acupuncturist will thoroughly review the Health History and other patient forms that are provided below or were given to you when you first arrived at the clinic. In reviewing these forms, we will discuss your chief concerns, medical history, lifestyle, other treatments you have tried or are currently using and your goals for treatment. We are open to any questions, so don't hesitate to ask.
After our discussion we will talk about a course of treatment and then you will receive your first treatment. Sterile, disposable needles are placed at acupuncture points that have been chosen specifically for you. Once the needles are placed you relax quietly for about 30-45 minutes. The majority of patients experience a deep sense of relaxation and often fall asleep during this time and wake up refreshed. All acupuncture visits may include the use of adjunctive techniques, such as, moxibustion, cupping, gua sha, tui na, or electro-acupuncture when deemed appropriate, at no additional cost to the patient.
With some conditions, patients find immediate relief from their symptoms after acupuncture therapy while others may take a series of treatments. An individual treatment plan will be outlined for you, which will provide you with a clear idea of how many acupuncture sessions will be needed, and how often. We are not only practitioners of acupuncture; we are trained in a variety of therapeutic services. Take a look at all we provide!
Things to do before and after acupuncture ...
Many people aren’t sure how to prepare for an acupuncture treatment or what they should do
afterward. We have created a short list of 'DO's and DON'Ts to help you maximize the benefits
of your acupuncture therapy. Please, don't worry about sabotaging your acupuncture treatment
by carrying on with your everyday activities, just consider taking this time to reduce additional
stress and focus on your well-being.
Before Your Acupuncture Treatment...
Have a little something in your stomach before treatment. An empty stomach can leave you distracted by hunger, feeling lightheaded, or physically depleted. It is recommended that you eat about two hours before an acupuncture appointment an it is also a good rule of thumb to generally eat well and don't skip meals.
Substances can change your diagnostic signs, please let your acupuncturist know if you’ve had alcohol, tobacco or caffeine on the day of your treatment. Alcohol numbs us, impairing the senses, as such, it fights against the benefits of acupuncture that is trying to help us see situations and our symptoms with more clarity. Smoking works against your attempts to heal and puts you at risk for serious health complications. Consider the "smoking cessation" protocol. Coffee is a stimulant. It has been shown to release norepinephrine and epinephrine, which kick your body into fight-or-flight mode. Acupuncture works to shift you away from that sympathetic (fight-or-flight) state and toward a parasympathetic (rest-and-digest) one, so coffee inhibits the process. It also makes it difficult for the acupuncturist to get accurate readings on your pulse and tongue, since coffee increases your heart rate and stains your tongue. Additionally, caffeine increases cortisol firing and could increase the pain you feel from needle insertion.
Fragrances, colognes, perfumes, essential oils, etc., can be stimulating, but many of our patients are sensitive to smells and we ask that you refrain from wearing any scents when coming in for your treatment.
In order to receive the best treatment possible, your acupuncturist may need to access particular areas of the body. This will require you to roll up sleeves and pant legs, so wearing loose-fitting clothing and avoiding excessive jewelry will help in the process.
Arrive 10 to 15 minutes early for your appointment to avoid rushing. There may be additional paperwork to be completed so arriving at your appointed time amped-up is counterproductive. We know your time is important to you, as is ours. We strive to keep our appointments at their scheduled time so you will not be kept waiting. We ask you to arrive promptly. Occasionally, unforeseen conflicts occur, but please contact the clinic at least twenty-four hours in advance if you need to reschedule your appointment.
Remember, this is your time to focus on your healing, so we ask that you turn off your cell phone during treatment. Try to relax as much as possible during the tretment. Make it count!
Use the bathroom before your appointment and before you get into the treatment room.
After Your Acupuncture Treatment
Resume your normal activities. Understand that you may feel a little more relaxed than usual. Try not to eat a heavy meal after treatment, and avoid alcohol during the day of treatment.
Workout easily. Please do not engage in heavy exercise, sexual activity or consume alcoholic beverages or recreational drugs within 6 hours after your treatment. These activities will interfere with the effectiveness of that treatment. By avoiding strenuous or rigorous routines, your body has an opportunity to process the treatment and allow for the integration necessary for improved health.
Ice is not a good thing after acupuncture. Icing it slow down the effects of acupuncture. Treatments are designed to get energy and blood circulating. The cold contracts things and slows them down.
Follow through with other appointments. In fact, acupuncture is an excellent adjunct therapy to massage, physical therapy and chiropractic adjustments. If these treatments are on the same day as your acupuncture, please be sure all practitioners are aware of these appointments so that treatment can be adjusted to enhance your therapy.
Remember to keep good mental or written notes of what your response is to the treatment. Pay close attention to changes in your pain condition such as: if and/or how your pain has changed (decreased or increased), how long the changed occurred, whether it has moved, changed in quality or frequency, or if you do not notice any change at all.