Whether you are new to Chinese medicine or new to our office, we are here to help. Below are a few common questions that may clarify what to expect during your visit to our office. If you don't find the answers you are looking for here, please contact us at 303.842.2480 or firstname.lastname@example.org with your questions.
Your initial 75-minute visit will consist of four main parts. The first part will include completing new patient paperwork such as consent and medical history forms online in the patient portal prior to your appointment. If you are planning to complete your paperwork at our office, please arrive 10 minutes early to do so.
The next part of your visit includes a discussion of your medical history & health care goals with our acupuncturist, Anne Devereux, L.Ac. She will then formulate a diagnosis and treatment plan and perform the next part of your visit, the acupuncture treatment. Most treatments include about 10-20 thin, sterile, single-use needles inserted shallowly into the body at specific points.
You will likely rest for about 10-30 minutes with the needles retained, after which time the needles are removed. The final part of your visit includes a discussion of expected results and the creation of a follow-up plan.
In some cases, bodywork such as shiatsu and tuina is performed either before or after the needles are inserted. It is common to feel relaxed during and after the acupuncture treatment.
It is best to wear loose, comfortable clothing (or bring a change of clothes) that allow access up to the elbows & knees as well as any areas of specific concern or pain. Hydration and nutrition are always important, especially with acupuncture. Dehydration or hunger during your treatment may result in feeling lightheaded or dizzy.
Acupuncture needles are incredibly thin, much thinner than needles used for injection or blood draw, and therefore do not sting or hurt nearly as much as the larger, thicker needles. Additionally, most acupuncture needles are inserted relatively shallowly in the body; usually a few millimeters. Most patients feel minimum discomfort during needle insertion, and frequently cannot feel the needles once they have been inserted.
**As you can see from the image to the left, acupuncture needles are many, many times thinner than injection needles.
There is no way to guarantee or predict precisely how many treatments are required to resolve a given health concern. However, there are several factors that influence how quickly healing may occur. These factors include the severity of the health concern, whether it is acute or chronic, and the number and severity of other current or complicating health issues.
Our treatment recommendations are based on each individual, and customized to fit your needs, goals, budget, and lifestyle. We incorporate diet and lifestyle recommendations, activity suggestions, and Chinese herbal formulas as desired to address your health needs to maximize results between visits. It is our goal to support your healing process as effectively and efficiently as possible; not to waste your time and money with unnecessary treatment.