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WHAT TO EXPECT AT YOUR FIRST ACUPUNCTURE VISIT

MEETING YOUR ACUPUNCTURIST AND DEVELOPING YOUR TREATMENT PLAN

Your acupuncturist will begin the session by taking your medical history and discussing it with you along with your goals for treatment. This will be reviewed along with your progress at subsequent visits. Your session progression will be explained to you at this time. Please feel free to ask any questions at any point during your treatment. Your acupuncturist will take a detailed pulse and tongue diagnosis during each session from which an individualized treatment strategy will be developed that may involve one or more of the Traditional Chinese Medicine approaches. This will be a different type of plan than you may be used to in the Western Model of Medicine, because it will incorporate treatment strategies for your physical, nutritional and emotional state.

YOUR ACUPUNCTURE ROOM / WHAT TO WEAR

Your room is private and depending on the treatment plan created by your acupuncturist you may be seated comfortably in a chair or laying on a table. Try to wear comfortable clothing to your therapy session. If you forget comfy clothes we have cloth gowns available to make you more comfortable (please ask for one). The tables are equipped with a heating option that can be adjusted as needed so please let your acupuncturist know if you are too warm or too cold.

ABOUT THE ACUPUNCTURE NEEDLES

We only use single-use, pre-sterilized, flexible stainless steel needles. New needles are used for each treatment. There are various lengths of needles that are used but all are generally no thicker than a hair. The gentle and expert placement and number of needles used during your treatment is individualized and determined by your acupuncturist based on disease, patient and season. A typical acupuncture session may include 6-18 points for treatment. These points are usually located along the meridians which may include points from your head, your toes, and all the points in between.

The depth the needles are inserted varies with each point. Some areas such as the hands and feet may only be needled at a depth of 0.5cm whereas points on the upper thigh and buttocks may go as deep as several inches.

The needles may also be inserted at different angles , also depending on which point is being needled. The needles may be retained anywhere from 15 to 40 minutes depending on the condition. This is a great time to relax and your acupuncturist will be checking on you and repositioning needles for maximum benefit and comfort.

WHAT ACUPUNCTURE FEELS LIKE

You may feel a slight pinch while the needle is being inserted which should subside almost immediately. Acupuncture is not generally regarded as painful. Once the needles are retained you may feel movement of your qi, this is good and a strong indication of the therapeutic effects of your treatment session. People experience their qi moving differently and this can even vary session to session. This feeling may feel like a tingling or electrical sensation, or you may experience a feeling of heaviness, distention, warmth, or even a traveling sensation along the meridian. Most people feel very relaxed during the treatment session and may even fall asleep and feel energized afterwards.

There are usually no side effects from acupuncture, however it is important to note that energy is being redirected in your body and chemicals and hormones are being stimulated. Occasionally the original symptom may worsen for a few days or other general changes may occur in the body or an emotional state may be triggered. This should not be cause for alarm because it is an indication that the acupuncture therapy is starting to work and it is common to happen especially within the first two treatment sessions; however, if you are concerned or would like to discuss it, we encourage you to call our office right away.

We can be reached at 773.878.7330.

We are located in Andersonville on Ravenswood near Foster.  We are open 6 days a week and always happy to answer any questions that you may have about acupuncture.