Acupuncture is when your skin is pricked with needles to help with pain and physical, mental and emotional issues.

What to Expect

Your Evaluation:

  • Arrive 15-20 minutes early to your first appointment for any paperwork
  • Do not show up to your appointment rushed or stressed
  • Wear:
    • Comfortable, loose fitting clothing
    • No jewelry
  • Bring:
    • A list of all medications you are taking
    • Any medical reports or test results about your injury 
    • A photo ID
  • Follow your doctor’s advice about medications
  • Drink plenty of water and don’t drink coffee
  • Relax during your visits and clear your mind
  • Breathe and do not hold your breath
  • There will be a physical exam to look for certain points of concern on your body
  • Once the right points have been found, your acupuncturist will quickly tap a very thin needle on the points into your skin
  • Patients have reported that it feels like a little tingle or that it feels numb, itchy or a little tender
  • Once the needles have been placed on your points, they may roll the needle slightly back and forth, use heat or electrical current

Follow Up Appointments:

  • Drink plenty of water and don’t drink coffee right after 
  • Go to all your appointments
  • Make up any missed appointments

The Basics:

  • Tell your acupuncturist about your:
    • Symptoms
    • How your injury happened
    • Test results
    • Job duties
    • Other doctor or therapist visits
    • What gives you relief for your symptoms
  • Visits last about 30 minutes to 1 hour

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Note: This content is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have.