Acupuncture is a form of traditional Chinese medicine that is based on the theory that energy, called chi (“Chee”), flows through and around your body along pathways called meridians. Chi’s balance greatly influences the mental, physical, spiritual and emotional part of the self. Acupuncturists believe that illness occurs when something blocks or unbalances one’s chi and is responsible for the rise in symptoms and disease.
What You Need to Know About Your Appointment
All appointments with our Acupuncturists include an interview, assessment, treatment, homecare and follow-up recommendations.
Prior to your first visit for Acupuncture, we will send you an online intake form to complete before arriving. If you are unable to fill out the online intake form you should plan to arrive 15 minutes early to your first appointment.
The forms include contact information, health-history questionnaire, reason for seeking treatment and information for any health insurance you would like billed. 24 hours prior to your scheduled appointment you will receive a COVID-19 self-assessment form. This MUST be completed prior to you entering the clinic.
Consent and Treatment Plan
At the start of your appointment, your Acupuncturists will inform you on what to expect from the appointment, any possible risks and answer questions you may have and.
Once consent has been obtained your Acupuncturists will proceed to review your health history and determine your specific needs through dialogue and assessment. This will allow your practitioner to create an individualized treatment plan which they will propose to you.
Acupuncture treatments focus on correcting imbalances in the flow of chi by putting very thin needles into specific areas of the skin called acupuncture points. These points are connected through the meridian channels.
The western view on acupuncture is that the needles affect neurotransmitters, reduce inflammation, balances hormones thereby affecting many of the body systems positively.
Prior to leaving, your therapist may wish to reassess the primary treatment area to determine any changes post-treatment. Homecare and or other therapies may be prescribed as necessary.