THE FIRST VISIT

​Your first appointment allows for some extra time for your intake. Try to arrive 15 minutes early to fill out your paperwork, or you can download and complete your intake medical history and patient information form before your arrival.

We also prepared a PATIENT WELCOME LETTER for you to read prior to your session, so you can know what to expect - some of these questions are also answered below on this page.

Please wear comfortable clothing. You'll just have to roll your sleeves and pant legs up, in order to get ready for your treatment, as we use styles of acupuncture which allow us to select points primarily on the arms and legs.  Once in the treatment room, please make yourself at home by grabbing pillows and blankets, removing shoes and socks, and putting all belongings into one of the cloth drawers on the shelf.

Expect to be relaxing during your treatment for about an hour, though the length of time a treatment lasts is ultimately up to each person. We recommend staying at least 20-30 minutes.

Frequently Asked Questions

WHAT IS ACUPUNCTURE?

Acupuncture is one of the oldest, most common and dependable medical therapies used in the world. It is by nature simple, safe and effective health care. Acupuncture practitioners use thin, sterile disposable needles inserted superficially into specific areas of the body in order to help the body’s ability to heal itself.  Over the three decades or so in which acupuncture has gained popularity in the United States, it has been proven by an increasing body of scientific evidence to be not only exceptionally safe, but statistically effective as well.

Our experience tells us acupuncture can reliably and safely decrease pain and inflammation, quiet spasms, boost immunity, dispel migraines, shrink swelling, relieve pain in almost any location, regulate hormones, cut recovery time from surgery almost in half, calm anxiety, lift depression, restore mobility, improve digestion, and create a deep feeling of rest.

 

Acupuncture is particularly helpful for people with chronic diseases, meaning conditions that can be managed but not cured. Because these folks often need to take many medications with multiple side effects, acupuncture can greatly improve their quality of life by helping with mood, energy and sleep – without creating any more side effects.

 

Acupuncture will normally cause people to feel sleepy during the time of treatment. In our treatment spaces you'll find family, friends, and neighbors literally napping together as they work towards common goals of better health, less pain, and relief from stress.

WHY WOULD I WANT TO HAVE ACUPUNCTURE TREATMENT?

Here are a few responses to a question that may have hundreds of answers...

  • to help you relax

  • to help you feel more energized

  • to help you avoid illness/injury

  • to help alleviate physical pain

  • to help you think more clearly

  • to help you stop thinking (especially around bedtime)

  • to help with digestive issues including GERD and IBS

  • to use alongside many conventional therapies/medications for the purpose of augmenting their effect and lowering doses

  • to add legitimate choices for your health care assistance

 

Though hardly a complete list of symptoms that acupuncture is known to effectively help manage, we'll offer up a list of 'no-brainer' conditions – that is, situations that should absolutely be treated with acupuncture without hesitation:

  • Abdominal pain

  • Addiction control

  • Anxiety

  • Arthritis

  • Asthma

  • Athletic performance

  • Back/neck pain

  • Blood pressure regulation

  • Bronchitis

  • Chronic fatigue

  • Common cold

  • Constipation

  • Depression

  • Diarrhea

  • Headaches

  • Hyperacidity

  • IBS

  • Immune system tonification

  • Indigestion

  • Infertility

  • Insomnia

  • Menopausal symptoms

  • Migraines

  • Muscle cramping/pain

  • Nervousness

  • Neurogenic bladder dysfunction

  • Neurosis

  • Numbness

  • Parkinson's disease

  • Poor vision

  • Postoperative pain

  • Premenstrual syndrome

  • Sciatica

  • Sinusitis

  • Stress reduction

  • Stroke

  • Tonsillitis

  • Toothache

  • Vertigo

 

WILL IT HURT?

Most people, especially those that associate the word "needle" with PAIN are very surprised that acupuncture needles are barely felt or not at all. Most people are deeply relaxed and/or asleep once all points are placed.

WHAT'S THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A TYPICAL ACUPUNCTURE TREATMENTS AND COMMUNITY ACUPUNCTURE?

Most acupuncture treatments in the United States take place on a table in a room by oneself. We all know the value of 'power in numbers', right? Would you prefer to eat in an empty restaurant, or one that is full of people and bustling? Or how about an empty movie theater? Us too!
The benefits or sharing treatment space include lower prices, the ability for friends and family to be treated together (often less intimidating for first-timers), and an atmosphere of infectious relaxation. Ever catch someone else's yawn? That’s what group treatment is like.

The community setting also allows patients to decide how long their treatment will take, as the 'right' amount of time varies from person to person, visit to visit. This can take anywhere from twenty minutes to a couple of hours. You can stay as long as you feel comfortable doing so – or until we close for the day! When you are feeling as though you are ready to end your visit or need to get our attention, just give us a meaningful look and we will remove your needles or be available otherwise.

Lastly, our clinic employs a sliding-scale fee schedule to help make acupuncture available to the whole community. 

[Some of our practitioners also offer private consultation and treatment in their separate locations.  This is a great way to supplement or to provide a good foundation for more in-depth session that may also necessitate bodywork, herbal therapy consultation or nutritional counseling. If you would like to inquire about their services you can contact them directly here.]

HOW MANY TREATMENTS WILL I NEED?

​We can't give you a "one size fits all" answer to this question.  This is one of the best things you can make sure to ask your individual practitioner.  Our general recommendation is that you plan on coming in for your condition at least 2-3 times, within 2-3 weeks of your first session, so you can help us determine how well your condition is responding to acupuncture (or not).  If you have have had your symptoms for many years, it is probably best not to expect that they will disappear in one treatment (although this has happened!). 

FURTHER READING

One of our community acupuncture colleagues wrote an awesome booklet that he offers for FREE download - check it out:

Why Did You Put That Needle There? Andy Wegman

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