How do i schedule an appointment?
The best way is to schedule an appointment online or click "Schedule Appointment" at the top of the page
HOW SHOULD I PREPARE FOR MY VISIT?
- Eat. Try to have a small meal or snack one hour before your visit.
- No drugs/alcohol. Please refrain from using recreational drugs or alcohol on the day of your treatment, and we reserve the right to cancel your appointment if you arrive for treatment under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
- Loose clothing. Please wear loose, comfortable clothing as we may palpate various areas of the body, including the back and abdomen. We don’t recommend wearing a sports bra (it can cover a large area of the upper back) or pants which can’t be rolled up above the knees. You are welcome to bring a change of clothes, or we can provide draping.
- No smells. Some of our patients have symptoms triggered by certain smells, so we ask that you avoid putting on or applying anything with a scent on the day of your visit.
- Arrive early. Please try to arrive 10 minutes early for your appointment to use the restroom, drink some water, or just simply give yourself some time to gather and settle before treatment.
What will happen during my visit?
During the first visit, we’ll dedicate more time at the beginning to better understand what areas to focus on, discuss your health history, and learn how you are doing currently. While having this information written down will help, it is important to me that you are able to express what your priorities are and what outcomes you would like to see happen.
Subsequent visits will usually have shorter intakes so that we can devote more time to treatment.
Next, we’ll go through several diagnostics which will help guide the diagnosis and treatment. These may include visual inspection of the tongue, feeling the pulse on both wrists, and palpation of the abdomen. These diagnostics provide information on the various “organ-systems” in our medicine.
I have extensive training in several “styles” of acupuncture and I’ll use my best judgment to tailor the treatment to your needs. For many people, “Japanese acupuncture” will be effective as it tends towards thinner needles and more shallow insertions, including non-insertive techniques (“touching needle” or Hari-style). For others, they may find “Chinese acupuncture” more effective, and this style tends towards thicker needles and deeper insertions to obtain the “de qi” sensation (often described by patients as an ache, soreness, numbness, tingling, fullness, pressure, or heaviness).
Generally speaking, my clinical experience indicates that Japanese acupuncture is more gentle but just as effective as Chinese acupuncture.
Depending on how much time we have, we may treat the front, back, or both the front and back of your body. The most convenient and efficient way of accessing acupuncture points is when you are lying on your back or on your belly, but we can certainly accommodate you if you are more comfortable lying on your side (for example, if you have back pain or are pregnant).
At the end of the treatment, we’ll strive to come up with some easy way of marking your progress so that we’ll both know whether the treatment is having a positive change.
What is acupuncture?
You have energetic channels that run through your entire body, and these are called meridians. When the energy is flowing along these meridians, you’re healthy and free from pain. When this energy gets stuck or it’s low, you’re not healthy and you feel pain.
We needle acupuncture points along these meridians to unstick or boost your energy so you can be healthy and feel better.