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New Patients

What to Expect 
An Overview


Going to an acupuncturist for the first time can be an interesting, informative, and sometimes transformative experience for new patients. Here's a general outline of what you might expect:

  •  Initial Contact

1. **Booking an Appointment**: Most new patients usually start by booking an appointment. This could be done online, over the phone, or in-person.

2. **Intake Forms**: Some clinics may provide intake forms in advance to be filled out before the appointment. These usually include medical history, current health concerns, and general lifestyle questions.


  •  Arrival and Check-In


1. **Reception**: Upon arrival, patients typically check in at the front desk. 

2. **Waiting Area**: Most acupuncture clinics have a calming waiting area where you can relax before your appointment.

3. **Initial Consultation**: Some clinics offer a brief consultation prior to treatment to discuss health concerns and treatment goals.


  •  Treatment Room


1. **Assessment**: The acupuncturist will usually start by asking more detailed questions about your health and wellness, examining pulse and tongue (common in Chinese Medicine), and sometimes palpating areas of tension or discomfort.

2. **Treatment Plan**: Based on the initial assessment, the practitioner will develop a treatment plan tailored to your needs.

3. **Positioning**: You'll be guided to lie down on a treatment table, often on your back, side, or stomach, depending on the treatment plan. You may be covered with sheets or towels for comfort.


  •  The Procedure


1. **Needle Insertion**: Acupuncture needles are inserted at specific points on the body. The sensation can range from not feeling it at all to a brief, mild discomfort. 

2. **Rest Period**: After all the needles are in place, you typically rest for 15-30 minutes. Some people find this extremely relaxing and may even fall asleep.

3. **Needle Removal**: The needles are removed quickly and painlessly.


  •  Post-Treatment


1. **Discussion**: After the treatment, the acupuncturist may discuss their findings, provide lifestyle advice, or recommend herbal medicines, if applicable.

2. **Payment and Scheduling**: Finally, you'll check out, make payment, and possibly schedule future appointments.


  • Additional Aspects


- **Holistic Approach**: Most acupuncturists take a holistic approach, meaning they consider all aspects of your well-being, not just the symptoms you're experiencing.

- **Community Settings**: Some clinics, like community acupuncture practices, offer treatment in a communal setting with multiple tables or chairs, allowing for a different, more social experience.


Everyone's experience with acupuncture is unique, so the actual process can vary depending on the clinic and the practitioner's approach.

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