New Patient Information
If you are a new patient, we encourage you to print, fill out, and take the new patient forms with you to your first appointment. This will help expedite your first appointment and leave more time for consultation with your provider.
Your first appointment will be about 1 hour and 30 minutes long. This will include a 30 minute consultation, examination, and diagnosis with your provider, and a 1 hour treatment. Please come 10 minutes early if you plan on filling out the new patient paperwork at your first appointment. If you plan on bringing in your paperwork, please make sure you're on time. We will not extend your appointment time, so being late will only take up consultation or treatment time. If you are more than 10 minutes late we will ask you to reschedule your appointment.
Acupuncture is usually administered with the patient lying on the treatment table, either wearing their normal clothes or changed into a gown that we provide. After the needles are inserted, you will rest quietly by yourself for 25 to 35 minutes. The length of time may vary depending on your condition. During this time, your acupuncturist will return to stimulate your needles once, sometimes twice, before taking them out at the end of the session.
Adjunct treatments like cupping, electro-stimulation, or heat lamps may also be applied during the course of the treatment usually after needles are inserted. If massage therapy is used, it is usually applied at the end of an acupuncture treatment for 10-15 minutes. A 30 minute or 1 hour massage session can also be scheduled as a separate appointment.
Patients usually report feeling relaxed and sometimes energetic after a treatment. You may see small red dots on your skin where the needles were placed. Those will go away within a couple hours. If you received cupping as an adjunct treatment, you will see circular bruising on your skin. These bruises will take longer to go away, usually within a few days but sometimes up to a week.