What to Expect on Your First Visit to the Clinic
What to expect on your first acupuncture treatment
First, please wear loose clothes and eat a light meal before your treatment. Make plans to
arrive about 15 minutes early to your scheduled appointment.
Upon your arrival, you’ll sign in at the reception desk. One of the receptionists will give you
a new patient form to fill out.
I’ll greet you at the door and take you into one of treatment rooms where I will do an
assessment of your condition, perform acupuncture, and talk to you about herbs, exercises,
or nutrition if these modalities can help alleviate your condition. We will also customize your
treatment plan to achieve your goals!
Assessment of your condition and treatment
I will ask you questions regarding your condition to develop a diagnosis and treatment plan
for you. Feel free to ask any questions during the assessment and treatment as this
experience is about guiding you to your best potential health. I will also feel your pulses,
look at your tongue, and palpate areas pertinent to your diagnosis and treatment during the
We’ll develop a treatment plan for you to help you achieve your goals during treatment. The
benefits of acupuncture accumulate over time. What this means is that you will get some
relief and relaxation on your first visit! Each consecutive visit will progressively improve your
condition for which you are being treated. I recommend 4 to 6 visits to see changes toward
meeting your goals. After 4 to 6 visits, I will reassess your condition and continue to work
with you to maintain your goals and health.
How long is the appointment? You get an hour and half on your first visit (follow up visits are
an hour). The 90 minutes includes time for the assessment, treatment, customizing your
treatment plan and goals, and questions. I always encourage you to come about 15 minutes
early to your initial appointment to allow time for filling out paperwork and the restroom
before your treatment.
How big are the needles? The needles are fine and thinner than the width of a strand of
What does it feel like? Upon insertion, you may feel a prick or nothing at all during
treatment. You may feel sensations of tingling, warmth, or a dull, spreading feeling after
receiving acupuncture. I will talk you through this process, and if you experience pain I will
adjust the needles.
Is it okay to move during the treatment? Yes, of course! Make yourself comfortable on the
table. This time is for you: Allow yourself to get pampered!
During treatment: Please let me know if there is lingering discomfort, nausea, dizziness.
These symptoms usually occur if you haven’t eaten, so please eat something before you
After treatment: I will follow up with you via email or with a phone call to see how you’re
doing. If you have any concerns or questions regarding the treatment, feel free to contact
me. I look forward to meeting you and helping you on your way to feeling better!