The Initial Visit
In acupuncture and Chinese medicine, we believe in treating the individual, not just treating the symptom(s). Every individual comes with a unique pattern of symptoms and health issues that demand a targeted holistic approach to treatment. Thus it is necessary to gather as much information about the individual to create a customized diagnosis and treatment plan at the outset.
When you arrive for your first appointment you will be asked to fill out a detailed Health History and Initial Intake form, as well as, review and sign our Informed Consent/Notice of Privacy form. It is best you arrive 15-20 minutes prior to your appointment time to fill these out.
The Health History and Initial Intake form will ask a series of detailed questions that not only give us a full medical history but also aims to start an in-depth assessment of biological, nutritional, physical and emotional concerns to help us develop a pragmatic approach to treatment. Once you have completed the paperwork you will move into a separate private consultation room where we will go over your health history and discuss your current health concerns. A typical assessment typically involves the practitioner reviewing your Health History form, asking some questions, taking your pulse, observing your tongue and perhaps palpating specific channels and or points that will help identify the correct pattern and the best approach for treatment. This is the time when you would ask any questions that you have as well. After your assessment you will be ready to move to our community treatment room.
When you enter our community treatment room you can choose from any of the available recliners or tables. Once decided please:
- Remove your shoes and socks.
- Roll up your pant legs and shirt-sleeves as necessary.
- Remove watches or anything that might interfere with us taking your pulse at your wrists.
- Place your belongings behind your recliner or under your table.
- Make yourself comfortable and the practitioner will be with you as soon as possible.
From here on out, your job is to kick back and enjoy a good rest. A typical treatment will last from 30-40 minutes. When you’re finished with your treatment, you can exit through reception where you can purchase further treatments and book your next appointment before you continue on with your day.
At subsequent visits we will ask fewer, more targeted questions to measure progress along your treatment plan. For these visits you may proceed directly to the treatment room to await treatment. At times we may ask you to fill out a brief form prior to entering the treatment room for you to report on the progress of your treatment.