It’s decided, you are going to give acupuncture a go. Maybe you are dealing with an injury that just isn’t improving. Perhaps someone has told you how much it
helped with something similar to what you are dealing with. Maybe you are just curious enough that you are ready to give it a try. My response is, “good for you!” The benefits to acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine modalities are endless.
Its time for your first appointment. Many people have feelings of apprehension, nervousness or uncertainty. Do not worry, you are not alone. I myself was very nervous the first time I tried acupuncture. If you have read my earlier post you will know I was trying it with a not so gentle “push” from my employer at the time. I really had no idea what I was walking in to. This is where we come to the purpose of this post. I know that acupuncture will benefit anyone who tries it. I would like to alleviate for you some of the common concerns that people typically have and get you mentally prepared for that first visit!
You have arrived at your appointment. There is paperwork. Sorry this is unavoidable. My goal is to treat you to the best of my ability. This means I need to know some things about you. Hang in there for me I wont ask you to fill out that much paperwork again, promise! From there we begin. We are going to sit down together and talk about what has brought you in. I am going to ask you a bunch of questions to investigate further the root of your condition. This conversation combined with your intake form will allow me to create a treatment plan that is designed specifically for you.
The pulse and tongue. Yes, I am going to feel your pulse on both wrists. This gives me an idea of what is going on for you internally. We can see imbalances through the pulse that may be otherwise missed. I will ask you to show me your tongue. Don’t fret if you have just finished a coffee on your way over, it will not affect what I am looking for.
We have completed the investigation portion of you appointment. It is time for acupuncture. I will ask you to lay down either on your back, stomach or on your side. Clothing with be removed as necessary to access the acupuncture points we need. Don’t worry there are comfy blankets and sheets to keep you covered as much as we can. All the points we will use will first be cleaned. After that its show time. I will insert each point. You may feel a slight poke upon insertion but it should be very mild, think at very worst mosquito bite. Once it is in you may feel: heaviness, a mild ache, tingling, itching. All these sensations are normal and indicate the needles are working. Depending on your case the needles will be retained from 15-45 minutes, most commonly 20-30 minutes. During this time it is your job to, are you ready for it? RELAX. Take this time to just rest. Close your eyes, quiet your mind and forget about your day. At the end of your required time I will remove the needles and you are finished.
Immediately after the treatment you may feel a little light-headed and often sleepy. This is normal and will pass quickly. Be sure to drink a healthy amount of water for the rest of the day and try and keep strenuous activities to the bare minimum to maximize the benefit of the treatment. I will let you know what I recommend for you for a treatment schedule as some issues require more or less treatments than others.
I hope this has given you an idea of what to expect at an acupuncture visit. I hope it will alleviate some of the anxieties around this form of treatment. If I have missed something that is still concerning you please feel free to message me here or send me an email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Wishing you health and happiness always !