Your First Visit

What to Expect on Your First Visit to Woburn Acupuncture

Diagnostic Evaluation

Taking-pulseYou are unique. Before we begin treatment, a careful diagnostic evaluation is made that serves as the foundation for an individualized therapeutic approach.  The results of your evaluation is then reviewed with you and a treatment plan consisting of Acupuncture, Chinese Medicine or a combination of both is formulated to address your needs.

Often-times, a treatment strategy involves a combination of integrated therapies and may include Chinese herbs or TuiNa, a massage therapy that reduces pain and improves circulation. Our goal at Woburn Acupuncture is to develop an effective strategy that will improve health, deliver lasting results that leave you with a sense of balance and well-being.

Treatment

Your first visit will always include a treatment unless you are coming only for a consultation. The number of treatment visits depends upon the duration, severity, and nature of your complaint. You may need only a single treatment for an acute condition or a series of five to fifteen treatments may resolve many chronic problems.  Some degenerative conditions may require many treatments over time, as well as Chinese herbs and lifestyle and dietary changes.

How Does Acupuncture Feel?

After an evaluation is made, and the practitioner has discussed a treatment strategy with you, a treatment is given. At this time the practitioner will tap very fine disposable sterile needles into your skin at various locations which will depend on your condition and the approach taken.

face-acupuncture-webAcupuncture is typicality administered with the patient a in a reclining position during treatment. At the time a needle is inserted, you may feel what some patients describe as an “ant sting”. The strategically placed needles typically remain inserted for approximately 25 minutes.

Many patients find this time to be a relaxing, restful experience. Patients may feel some tingling, or an electrical sensation either around the needle or traveling along the affected meridian, or energy pathway. In any case, these sensations are usually mild and short term.

Because the purpose of acupuncture is to balance your body, there are no long-term negative side effects.  On the contrary, relaxation and a sense of well-being often occur during and after treatment.  Many patients fall asleep while the needles are inserted because of this sense of relaxation and balance.

Preparing for Your Acupuncture Visit

  • Wear loose fitting clothes that can be easily rolled up above your elbows and knees. Also, you will need to expose your abdomen from your rib cage to the top of your hips, so avoid one piece suits or dresses.
  • For all acupuncture visits, be sure you have eaten at least a light meal within a few hours prior to arriving. Avoid overeating immediately before treatment.
  • Please bring any information about your case you may have from your doctors, including lab tests, blood work, reports of x-rays or MRI’s, etc.
  • For best results, avoid strenuous activity immediately following a treatment.
  • Cash or checks can be used for payment and is due at the time of service.