The first visit typically lasts one to one and a half hours, and begins with a thorough intake process reviewing your health history. Depending on why you seek care, a visit may include orthopedic or other noninvasive tests. After evaluation and diagnosis, the acupuncturist will insert needles and leave patients to relax for about a half hour. The acupuncturist remains close at hand to answer questions, make adjustments, and monitor patient comfort.
Follow up visits last from forty-five minutes to an hour and include progress evaluations and needle retention. The number of follow up visits vary; an estimate of the number of treatments will be determined during initial consultation.
How to prepare for your visit.
Patients will be asked to fill out a health questionnaire. You may fill it out at the office or you can download it here.
It is best to eat something in the hours prior to your treatment, ideally, patients should not be too hungry or too full.
Loose-fitting, comfortable clothing is best. For community acupuncture it is helpful to be able to roll up your pant legs to the knee and your sleeves to the elbow.