Getting Started

“A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.”
– Lao-tzu

 

I look forward to meeting you!

All Initial Office Visits for new patients will now be conducted via Telehhealth Platform so that we can meet face-to-face rather than mask-to-mask for the first time.

Prior to your Initial Office  you’ll complete a comprehensive health history electronically.

It asks about  your current concerns, your overall health, symptoms, lifestyle, along with your personal and  family history.

We’ll review all of that information together via an Initial Virtual Office Visit.

During your first in-person visit, I will gather additional information from your pulse and tongue. This enables me to effectively diagnose the underlying causes of your symptoms and together we’ll create a well-structured treatment plan to meet your needs.

The acupuncture itself is performed by inserting ultra-thin, sterilized, disposable needles into specific points on the body.  There is usually little or no sensation upon insertion but later tingling or mild pressure may develop at the site or elsewhere. The treatments create an opportunity for the body to enter a state of deep relaxation during the 10 to 20 minutes that the needles are in place.

For sensitive patients we use gentle Japanese Meridian Therapy or techniques that stimulate without needles.

During subsequent visits we re-evaluate and treatments are adjusted accordingly.  I employ a holistic and integrative approach, combining efforts with other health care professionals that puts you at the center of your care.

Getting the most out of treatment

For the best treatment results, keep a few things in mind:

  • Please show up on time
  • Don’t eat a large meal before your visit
  • Wear loose, comfortable clothes
  • Be sure to discuss any questions or concerns with me before we get started
  • Refrain from overexertion, drugs or alcohol on the day of your visit
  • Follow your treatment plan between visits
  • Keep all of your appointments, as each visit builds upon the previous ones

Your role in the healing process

Your actions are a key component of your treatment plan. Focusing on your health and committing to a healthy lifestyle are the best steps you can take for your well-being.

Acupuncture is part of a health-maintenance model so once your symptoms resolve, periodic maintenance treatments might be recommended. The more you incorporate health maintenance practices into your life, the more smoothly things will go in all areas of your life.

Acupuncture is not an instant fix.

True healing takes time and attention. Depending on your current health and symptoms, you could feel better right away, or you may need treatments for weeks, months or years to achieve the results you want. We can assess that when we meet and reassess as we go.