New Acupuncture Patients

 

Whether you are seeking community acupuncture or an individual treatment, this section should answer some of your questions. Also, feel free to stop by and talk to us.

FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions)

What do acupuncture needles feel like?

Many patients compare the insertion of acupuncture needles to a small mosquito bite. In some cases patients have very little sensation of the needle insertion. Different parts of the body, overall constitution and current health condition will affect sensitivity to needles.  If you experience discomfort, tell your practitioner so needles can be adjusted.  Once the needles are inserted you may experience a feeling of heaviness, distention or warmth around the acupuncture point or following the acupuncture meridian.  The needles are left for about 20 to 30 minutes, which is very relaxing and a deeply healing time for patient. If you would need anything, simply look in the direction of the practitioner and someone will check in with you.

Do you reuse needles?

No, only sterile, disposable stainless steel acupuncture needles are used and then properly discarded after each treatment.

What do I do during a community acupuncture appointment?

When you come in, you will be greeted at the door and helped to a seat in the studio. There are comfortable zero gravity chairs or if you prefer, full recliners at our Stillwater location. Blankets and small pillows are also available to help make you comfortable. After the intake, needles are inserted and left in for about 20 or 30 minutes.  It is helpful to let your practitioner know if you are on a tight schedule. We have relaxing music playing but if you prefer silence, ear plugs are available or bring your own.  Once the needles are removed, take your time in getting up after a treatment.

What do I need to do before coming to my first acupuncture appointment?

When scheduling your first acupuncture appointment, choose initial intake under services. This allows for more time with your practitioner. Please print and fill out the New Patient Intake Form prior to your initial acupuncture visit. Be sure to eat a little something before coming to your appointment. It is best not to receive treatment on a completely empty stomach. Come wearing loose fitting clothing to have access to various acupuncture points on the body. There is a private changing room at both studios, if needed.  Many patients feel more comfortable if they go to the bathroom before treatment begins. Once seated, remove your socks, roll up your sleeves and pant legs. Relax.

I have mobility issues and have a difficult time getting in and out of zero gravity chairs.  Can I still receive community acupuncture?

Yes, we have comfortable recliners at our Stillwater studio.

How long should I plan for my appointment?

The first appointment is a little over an hour. There will be a comprehensive intake and review of your health history. All follow up visits are about one hour, unless you indicate otherwise.

How often do I have to come for follow up appointments?

Frequency of visits will depend on your current health condition and your health goals. Patients with acute conditions (whether physical or emotional) or severe symptoms will benefit from receiving acupuncture treatments two or three times a week. A community acupuncture setting makes this accessible and affordable.  As your condition improves, once a week or every other week may be appropriate. Many healthy patients benefit from ongoing acupuncture treatments for health maintenance or de-stressing once or twice a month. Those who engage in athletic endurance activities are encouraged to use community acupuncture on a regular basis as part of a good recovery program.

If I bring my friend or partner, can we get a treatment at the same time?

Definitely. In community acupuncture, we accommodate multiple patients.  Bring a friend or come in a small group. Scheduling an appointment is recommended.

IMPORTANT: Please print and fill out the New Patient Intake Form prior to your first community acupuncture or individual acupuncture treatment. New patients for biodynamic craniosacral therapy will complete an intake form at the clinic.