The first visit will take approximately 75-90 minutes and follow up visits may take around an hour. The first visit is longer due to the acupuncturist performing an initial intake to develop a diagnosis and figure out what the root cause cause of your discomfort is. No more than 15 needles will be used and most of them will be placed in the arms and legs below the knee and below the elbow.
Once the needles are inserted, the acupuncturist will begin to do some body work called Tui na, (Chinese Massage) on various parts of the body. This technique helps strengthen the treatment and can help the body repair areas of concern.
The following tips will help maximize your experience:
1. Arrive at least 15 minutes early to fill out the initial paperwork and ensure you get your full treatment time.
2. Eat a meal or snack within 2-3 hours before your appointment to make sure your body has the energy it needs to respond to treatment.
3. Wear comfortable clothing that can roll up over your knees and elbows.
4. Know that treatment plans vary depending on how long you have had the condition and how your body responds to treatment.