WHAT TO EXPECT - FAQ's
How Long Will It Take
First Visits generally last 75-90 minutes, and Follow-Up visits range between 55-60 minutes.
We begin the initial session with an in-depth Health History intake and hands-on diagnostic process - taking the time to learn more about you and build a foundation for treatment.
Our conversation is key to the diagnostic process. It gives us a chance to best review your past health history, to help us understand more about your current condition.
We will then discuss any other health or fitness goals you may have, which might be important to your treatment plan.
Finally, we take a moment to ask if you have any questions. We want to ensure that you are completely comfortable heading into your treatment.
Based on the diagnosis we will design a "treatment plan" tailored uniquely to you.
This may include any combination of acupuncture, herbal medicine, therapeutic bodywork or life-style and nutritional recommendations over one or more office visits.
Treatments can vary greatly, depending on your individual needs and health considerations.
What to Wear
It's best to wear or bring loose fitting, comfortable clothing for your treatment session. You will most often remain fully clothed during your treatment.
In cases where partial disrobing is more appropriate for your treatment, or if you would prefer to partially disrobe, towels to cover sensitive areas are always available.
We encourage you to let us know what you need at any point.
How Does it Feel
Once acupuncture or other TCM therapies have been applied to your body, we generally leave you to rest in the quiet of the treatment room. You may observe a "movement of energy" during this time. You may feel sleepy, or actually fall asleep on the table.
Most people look forward to this time to simply relax during an otherwise hectic day and generally feel refreshed afterward.
Eat Before Treatment - Not Full, Not Empty
It is best to be neither hungry nor extremely full during your treatment.
Please be sure to eat 1-2 hours before your appointment. It is also best to avoid extreme sweets, caffeine and alcohol in this same time frame.
How Long & Often Will I Need to Come
Your individual needs and recovery rate determine how often and for how long you will need to receive treatment.
In general, treatment is given at least once, occasionally twice a week . . . especially at first.
As your condition improves, the frequency of your treatments will be slowly reduced to every other week, monthly or even seasonally, always moving towards a lifestyle of self-care.