We would like to share some helpful tips to make your community acupuncture experience more comfortable, and to help you feel more at home in your clinic:
1. Make yourself comfortable before we get started. Pick your spot and find a position and reclining angle that feels relaxing. Every chair is a bit different, and we have plenty of blankets and cushions on the shelves in the treatment room to grab for warmth and propping / supporting the back, neck, or knees. If you need earplugs and/or an eye cover, please pick those up on your way to your chair. Ask for help with getting comfy if you need it!
2. Wear loose clothing and roll up your sleeves and pants to prepare for your session.In our clinic, we do not have clients disrobe, so we primarily treat using points below the elbow and below the knee. These points are very powerful and effective! It is very helpful if you wear clothing that is easily rolled up to the elbow / knee, and if you roll your sleeves and pants up as you settle into your recliner to prepare for your treatment.
3. Let us know when you need to be done. Normally we let folks relax with needles until they feel done (awake and rested). If you need to leave at a certain time, please let your practitioner know while they are needling you, and they will be back to remove your needles at that time. Keep in mind that the last appointment of the day is limited to 1 hour.
4. Give us feedback. Does everything feel comfortable when your needles are inserted? Your needles should settle down to a negligible level of sensation about 3-5 minutes after insertion. If you are feeling distracting / strong sensations from any of the needles, please let your practitioner know, so that they can adjust any uncomfortable needles, and you can relax.
As you settle in for a treatment, your practitioner will likely ask you whether you have felt any changes in your health complaint(s) since your previous session(s). Let us know what has changed and what hasn’t, or if there’s a new symptom you need addressed.