All new acupuncture patients go through our Foundations in Balance program.
Over the first five appointments, you learn how acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) can treat your specific health concerns as well as concepts to help make the most of your time with us.
During your first consultation, you will review your health history and chief complaints with your acupuncturist, cover some basics regarding acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine, as well as receive a course of treatment and other personalized recommendations. An acupuncture treatment follows your consultation.
The flow of your second appointment is similar to the first one with a consultation followed by an acupuncture treatment. The consultation reviews how the first treatment went, follows up on any items not covered, and answers any questions that may have come up.
Now that you are getting the hang of things, your third appointment is similar to a typical return visit appointment, with no consultation. Simply get settled, and your acupuncturist will find you.
Another return visit.
For your fifth appointment, you will reconnect with your acupuncturist for a consultation so we can check in to see how treatments are going. We'll have a better idea of how you are responding to treatment, be able to make any needed adjustments, as well as give you more information about continuing care.
Upon arrival, check in with the front desk. You can stow your jacket or any large items in the coat room. It is also a great time to use the restroom or grab some water.
You will have a private consultation with your practitioner to discuss your chief complaints and review your health history. Consultations include questions, taking your pulse, observing your tongue, and perhaps palpating specific channels and points. You will discuss a course of treatment, what to expect, and have a chance to ask any questions you might have.
Treatments happen either in our community room or private room. If you are getting a community room treatment see our tips on entering the community room above.
Once settled, needles are generally placed on your arms and legs below the elbows and knees but can also be placed elsewhere, such as the ears, head, back, or abdomen. All needles are sterile, non-toxic, and single-use.
While the application of needles is often painless, they can also be pinchy, dull achy, sharp, or you may feel a gentle movement similar to mild electricity. Our practitioners strive to make treatments as comfortable as possible, but some points are naturally more sensitive than others. If you are uncomfortable, let your practitioner know.
After the needles are applied, most patients enter a state of deep relaxation – often falling asleep. Treatments typically last anywhere from 20-minutes to 1-hour.
At some point, you will feel the relaxation coming to an end, your eyes will naturally open, and you will feel “ready.” When this happens, make eye contact with any practitioner in the room, and we’ll remove the needles.
Take a moment getting up. You may feel rejuvenated and energized, blissful and spaced out, or foggy and fatigued. These are all normal post-treatment feelings.
Put on your shoes and gather your belongings and exit to the reception area. There you can take some extra time with a glass of water or tea, check out and schedule future appointments, or follow up with your practitioner as needed.