When you arrive for your first acupuncture appointment I will ask you to complete a comprehensive intake form. This form is also available online and can be printed out, filled out and brought with you on your first visit. (Download Patient Intake Form)
The acupuncture intake form asks questions about your current state of health, past illnesses, and family history. These questions are important because the holistic approach of Oriental medicine takes everything into account. Your current symptoms may not seem related to past health issues, but our bodies are complex landscapes and everything that happens to them leaves its mark.
After reviewing your intake form, we will discuss your condition and discuss whether or not acupuncture is a viable option for your particular situation. If acupuncture can help, we will move forward with your first treatment if time allows or will schedule an appointment for you.
The acupuncture points I choose for treatment will depend on your condition. Once the needles are inserted, I will leave you to lie comfortably for 15-20 minutes with the needles in place. Many people find acupuncture treatment deeply relaxing, and it is not uncommon for patients to fall asleep during this time. If you need anything during this time period, you will have access to a bell you can ring and someone will respond immediately.