Your First Visit to Meridian Acupuncture

A few tips on how to maximize the benefits from your first acupuncture visit.

And they are surprisingly easy!

Our first meeting is undoubtedly one of the most important sessions.  It gives us a chance to become familiar with your overall constitution, health history and life style.  For this exact reason, your first session will take longer than the ensuing ones, so plan for approximately 90 minutes.

And here is our general game plan:

  1. Complete the Initial Intake Form (also includes informed consent form, HIPPA, etc.)
  2. Review and discussion of your completed Initial Intake Form
  3. Abdominal palpation and necessary physical examination
  4. Acupuncture treatments, front and back, as needed

The initial intake form

In order to customize your treatment to your specific needs and help you feel better, I need to know about your health history. Are you currently on any medication? What about past surgeries and injuries? How long have you had the current health complain?

How about your life style – Are you getting enough sleep? What is your diet like? Do you suffer from seasonal allergies? How about food allergies?

What do you do for exercise? How is your energy level? Are you content in general or stressed out most of the time?

Your answers to all these questions and any additional information you can share will help tremendously. To treat you as a whole person, not just a set of symptoms, I need to know as much about you as possible.

So sit down, take a deep breath. Remember, this is not Spanish Inquisition, and there is certainly no one here to judge you. The more I know, the better I will be able to help you.

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