Before you have direct personal experience with it, acupuncture can seem very??? exotic. The purpose of this page is to explain in clear detail what you should expect the first time you come to City Acupuncture.
When you first enter, a receptionist will greet you and give you an initial health history survey to fill out. We have recently gone paperless, so you will complete this survey on a laptop. If you prefer, you can fill it out beforehand??by clicking??here.
When you are done with the health history, an acupuncturist will take you into the treatment room. You???ll see massage tables and zero-gravity reclining chairs placed around the room, all separated by bamboo screens. There is gentle music playing, and white-noise machines. More likely than not, there will be other people sleeping (yes, sleeping!) with needles in them on some of the tables or chairs.
Once you find an open table, the acupuncturist will review your forms and ask any questions s/he has. S/he may feel your pulse and/or look at your tongue ??? this is a normal part of acupuncture diagnosis. Your acupuncturist will then tell you what parts of your body s/he needs to access ??? usually your arms, legs, head, and/or your back.
Once you are settled and comfortable, the acupuncturist will clean off your skin with rubbing alcohol, then insert the needles (usually around 10). We use only sterile, single-use needles and we dispose of the needles immediately after treatment. Some of the needles go in without you feeling anything; other times there is a quick zing, like a muscle spasm. You should expect to lie with the needles around 30 ??? 40 minutes, but every treatment is different. The acupuncturist will walk by often while you are in treatment, so if you are uncomfortable in any way, you can let him/her know. If s/he sees you are zoning out and comfortable, s/he???ll leave you alone until it???s time to get up.
Before you leave, the acupuncturist will tell you how many times you should come for treatment in order to address your specific concerns.