Acupuncture isn’t really into hard-and-fast rules. However, there are some general rules of thumb when it comes to preparing for an acupuncture appointment.
- Your initial visit may take up to 1 1/2 hours. Please plan your schedule accordingly.
- Avoid scheduling acupuncture before or after something very strenuous. You don’t want to show up very full, or after having eaten something heavy, fried or spicy, but do not go for acupuncture on an empty stomach. It can leave you feeling lightheaded or physically depleted.
- It’s better to be a little full than distracted by hunger during your appointment. If you’re going for acupuncture later in the day, avoid coffee and alcohol for at least two hours before.
- Wear loose clothing. Loose clothing usually makes things easier for you and the practitioner.
- If you have a chance, please shower before treatment (sometimes we use topical applications or certain modalities and ask our patients not to bathe or swim after that). If you used public swimming pool, swim in the Ocean, visited tanning salon or health club facilities, please, shower before treatment to prevent possible infection.
- Please, put your phone on silent mode.
- Our environment is one of tranquility and relaxation. We don’t talk religion or politics in our clinic.
During your first visit, we will do a thorough health interview and history, and then partner with you to develop a personalized treatment plan. You will have ample time to ask any questions you may have.
Please note that because this time has been reserved especially for you, we request notification of any scheduling changes a minimum of two business days prior to the first appointment, and one business day prior to established patient visits. Any missed appointments are billed at the regular appointment rate. We have 24 hours cancellation policy. Valid emergencies are, of course, always an exception to this policy. Reschedule your appointment if you have been exposed to a communicable illness within the last three weeks and/or you have a fever or flu-like symptoms.
To help us better serve you, please take some time to complete and sign the enclosed forms before arriving at your first appointment. If you have recent laboratory or imaging test results that you would like to review at the initial appointment, please bring copies, or make arrangements to have them faxed to our office. If you have any questions, feel free to call us. We look forward to meeting you soon.
NEW PATIENT FORMS:
– Welcome to our practice
– Arbitration agreement
– Informed consent
– Office policies
– Financial agreement
– Credit card authorization
– New patient intake form
– Authorization to use or disclose protected health information