Fill out the 3 forms linked on our website for your first appointment or show up 20 minutes early to your first appointment.
Please come to your appointment freshly showered. We are needling in to the skin and studies have shown that alcohol wipes (which we use) don't work as well as soap and water to remove bacteria from the skin; you don't want the needles to push bacteria in to the skin, so scrub up. Some of the most effective points for back pain, headaches, etc. are in the feet, so you will want to scrub those toes too!
Wear loose fitting clothing such as athletic clothing with elastic bands. You should be able to pull your pants legs up over your knees and your shirt up over your elbows. You do not have to disrobe for acupuncture treatments and time doing so will take away from your allotted scheduled treatment time.
We are a fragrance free office. Do not wear heavy make-up, scented lotions, or any fragrances in to the clinic. This is because we have many patients with allergies and sensitivities to synthetic fragrances. We do use natural and pure essential oils derived from plants throughout the office though.
Show up to acupuncture comfortably fed and hydrated. Some people have needle reactions and feel faint with acupuncture when they are very hungry. Treatments will work better if you are not starving when you receive them.
If you practice tongue brushing, please do not brush your tongue for 24 hours prior to your appointment. This is because tongue diagnosis is part of Chinese medicine. Brushing your teeth is fine.
Smoking restricts the vessels and is counterproductive prior to acupuncture as the whole point of acupuncture is to get the blood and Qi moving. Plus, if you just finish a cigarette in your car and walk in to the clinic it really leaves a strong odor; we have to spray treatment rooms after smokers leave. Also, please do not smoke in front of the clinic as the smoke drifts in to the clinic.