First Visit

“A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.”
– Lao-tzu

Initial visits generally last from 30 to 90 minutes. I will take a detailed health history, take any necessary vital signs and provide you with your unique treatment plan.

During your first exam, I enjoy spending time getting to know you and your health concerns. You may be asked a wide range of questions about your symptoms, eating, exercise, sleep habits, emotional states and anything that may offer insight into your health.

I might also employ diagnostic tools that are unique to acupuncture and TCM such as tongue and pulse diagnosis.

Your treatment plan

Once I have gathered enough information, we can begin treatment. In addition to the treatment we will discuss a possible recommend treatment plan based upon diagnosis, health history and my own experience as a practitioner. My goal is to NOT over treat my patients.  I value and respect both your time and personal budget.

We will go over:

  • Diagnosis
  • Your time line of care
  • What types of treatment you will receive
  • Routine benchmarks to ensure we are progressing positively

My success lies in obtaining the best possible health outcome for each patient and your overall experience.  Exactly what “success” and “healing” look like are as varied as each patient is.  Given that, I provide an honest assessment and routinely check-in with you regarding progress.

Getting the most out of treatment

For the best treatment results, keep a few things in mind:

  • Please show up on time
  • Don’t eat a large meal before your visit
  • Wear loose, comfortable clothes
  • Be sure to discuss any questions or concerns with me
  • Refrain from overexertion, drugs or alcohol for at least six hours after treatment
  • Follow your treatment plan between visits
  • Keep all of your appointments, as each visit builds upon the previous ones

How treatment works

To treat any imbalances, fine, sterile needles will be inserted at specific acupuncture points along the meridian pathways. Your acupuncturist will concentrate on acupuncture points related to specific organs, based on your unique issues and symptoms.

I may include other related therapies in your treatment plan, such as cupping, Gwa Sha or moxabustion. Herbal remedies are another important aspect of acupuncture and TCM, and it is important to understand and follow your practitioner’s directions in order to get the most benefit from these treatments.

Your role in the healing process

Your actions are a key component of your treatment plan. Focusing on your health and committing to a healthy lifestyle are the best steps you can take for your well-being. This is a team effort and it is important that you come willing to implement any necessary lifestyle changes to increase the likelihood of a positive outcome.

Even after your symptoms are resolved, acupuncture can assist you in maintaining your health, and possibly prevent future imbalances. The more you incorporate acupuncture and TCM into your life, the more you’ll learn to nurture your body, mind and spirit.

Acupuncture is not an instant fix.

True healing takes time and dedication. Depending on your current health and symptoms, you could feel better right away, or you may need treatments for weeks, months or years to achieve the results you want. I can give you an idea of what to expect. With a little patience and an open mind, you’ll be on your way to health and vitality.

Acupuncture and TCM offer a safe and effective holistic health care system. This natural approach can both resolve symptoms and enhance your overall health.

By taking the right steps and planting the seeds of health, you are on the road to a healthier you!

 

Welcome! I am excited to begin working with you!!