What to expect

Many people are nervous about their first acupuncture appointment because they don’t know what to expect. This brief overview should address your concerns. If after reading this, rebecca abbott you still have questions, please don’t hesitate to contact me. I want your experience to be a positive one. The more comfortable you are, the better your experience will be.

At the beginning of your first appointment, we will discuss your goals and therapy preferences and together we will decide on a treatment. You may then change into a gown, or more likely than not, remain in your clothes with just the areas to be treated exposed. It is important for your first appointment that you bring a full list of all of the medications and supplements you take, wear loose and comfortable clothing, and be sure to have eaten within the previous 4 hours.

Depending upon the agreed upon plan, I will insert six to twenty needles in appropriate areas to address your condition. Often, you will not even feel them going in. If you do, it will be a quick prick or a dull ache. I encourage you to communicate what you are feeling. Once the needles are in, I will leave you to relax for thirty minutes to soothing music and heat therapy (if applicable). I will check back with you once to make sure you are comfortable. Amazingly, acupuncture is so relaxing that many people fall asleep! At the end of your session, we will discuss herbs, diet and lifestyle changes that may be needed to aid your healing.

How many treatments will I need?

The number of treatments you will need depends on how long you have had the problem for which you are seeking a cure. A twenty-year problem will take several months of weekly appointments to improve. A two-month problem may take only one course of therapy (seven to eight treatments) to cure. Taking herbs simultaneously will quicken and strengthen your results. But in all cases, your utmost cooperation is necessary. You will need to hydrate yourself (drink plenty of water) before and after a treatment, be careful not to reinjure yourself, get appropriate rest and eat a balanced diet. All of these things will insure a quick and full recovery and are absolutely vital to your success!

Many people use acupuncture for health maintenance and disease prevention. Once you are in maintenance, it is ideal to receive acupuncture once every three months, or at the change of the season.

What results can I expect?

Most people feel extremely relaxed during acupuncture. During the first treatment, you will gently detox, resulting in a deeper sleep that night. You should begin to respond to acupuncture by the third visit, at which time you can expect a temporary decrease in your symptoms. Each treatment builds on the previous one, so it is important to receive acupuncture weekly until relief lasts longer than one week.