Expectations and Preparation
There are so many different reasons people seek Acupuncture, yet most of them are primarily concerned about three things.
Will it hurt?
Fortunately, the answer is no for most people. Occasionally,you may feel a slight pinch, but any discomfort is likely to be mild and short lived.
How many treatments before I notice some improvement?
That's a very difficult question, but most pain, nausea, and headache sufferers feel some relief during the treatment or within the first 24 hours.
How many treatments before my condition is resolved?
That varies greatly based on the patient and the condition. A big part of the first two visits is devoted to determining a reasonable care plan. Treatment goals and time lines will be formulated to get you the best results in the shortest time.
Before treatment, you Should:
Wear loose clothing that allows access from the knees to the feet and from the elbows to the hands.
Go to the restroom if you feel even the slightest need.
Tell me about all your symptoms and pain, even if you are being treated for a different condition
Plan to get some rest after the treatment, or at least not have to be working at top performance. This is especially important for the first few visits.
You Should Not:
Worry or be nervous. This is actually going to be pleasant.
Come in Extremely Hungry, especially if you are hypoglycemic.
Cancel an appointment due to cold, headache, or hangovers. These can be treated
in addition to your other complaints.
Eat an unusually large meal immediately before or after your treatment.
Over-exert yourself, or consume alcoholic beverages within 6 hours before or after the treatment.
During the visit, you Should:
Let me know if you are comfortable, is the temperature okay, is the music and volume acceptable?
Fall asleep if you feel like it.
You Should Not:
Move unnecessarily; use judgement based upon where the needles are placed.
Talk on your cell phone! Please put them on silent or turn them off.
Get off the table until all the needles are removed.