First Visit

BEFORE TREATMENT

 

CHECK
LIST

1. Complete the online health history form before the scheduled appointment day. You will receive it by email some minutes after booking the appointment. Be accurate when fill it out. Some questions seems unrelated to your main complaint but they can help identifying your own Chinese Medicine pattern and treatment.


2. Arrive neither stuffed nor starved. I recommend a light meal 1-3 hours before the appointment.


3. Wear comfortable, loose clothing so that arms and legs below elbows and knees can be easily accessed. A gown is provided if required.


WHAT TO EXPECT

 

CHECK-IN

Upon arrival, check in with the front desk. You can put your jacket or other big items in the coat room. You have also the option to bring them with you in the treatment room.


 

CONSULTATION

You will have a consultation to discuss your main complaints and review your health history.
The inital consultation includes questions, taking pulses, observing your tongue, and if relevant to the diagnosis the palpation of specific channels and points. Also, I will discuss a course of treatment, what to expect, and I will answer to any questions you might have.
Follow-up consulations: a review of how the first treatment went, follows up on any topic not covered, and answers to any questions that may have come up.


 

TREATMENT

Once one the treatment couch, needles are generally placed on your arms and legs below the elbows and knees but they can also be placed elsewhere, such as head, ears, abdomen or back. All needles are sterile,non-toxic and single-use. The needle insertion is often painless. After the insertion you should feel a pinchy, dull ache, tingling sensation that is what in Chinese Medicine is called Qi. This is part of the treatment. I will try to make the treatment as comfortable as possible but some points and some patients can be more sensitive than others. If you are uncomfortable please let me know. After the needles are inserted, most patients enter a state of deep relaxation or they fall asleep. Treatments typically last from 20 to 40 minutes.


 

POST-TREATMENT

After the needles are removed, take a moment getting up and putting on your clothes and shoes. I will then escort you to the reception area where you can drink a glass of water and schedule/pay for future appointments.

Many people report feeling relaxed after treatment.
You will be able to continue with all activities. Anyway avoid strenuous exercise, exhausting activities and alcohol for the next 24 hours after treatment.

 

FAQs

 
1What does it feel like?
It is difficult to describe the sensation felt as each one is different. Tthe needle insertion is often painless. When the acupuncture point is reached most people experience a dull ache, tingling sensation or a feeling of warmth.
2How many treatments do I need?
Every patient responds to treatment differently so your results will depend on your particular situation. There are certain issues that can be addressed in two, three visits. Other cases might require more treatments. Anyway five sessions are recommended to establish what acupuncture can do for you.
3How frequently should I come?
Initially I like to see people on a weekly basis. As symptoms begin to improve the interval between treatments is increased.
4Are the needles sterile?
Yes, I use sterile, no-toxic, CE approved, single use needles.
5Are there any side effects?
After the first treatment you could feel little light-headed or/and tired. This is a perfectly normal. Rarely a bruise can appear on the area where you have been needled.
6Do I have to tell my GP?
Acupuncture works well either alone or in conjuction with other therapies. If you are currently receiving treatment from your GP, it's recommended to tell your doctor you are going to have acupuncture. Continue taking your medication. Acupuncture may enable you to reduce some forms of medication, but always consult your doctor regarding any change of prescription.
7How can I cancel or reschedule my treatment?
If you need to cancel or reschedule, please email me at: mariarossiacupuncture@gmail.com There is a 24-hour cancellation policy, so appointments canceled within 24 hours of the scheduled treatment time will result in a fee.
8Will my health insurance company cover it?
That depends upon your insurer. This is why you should check your individual policy details or contact your provider for more information.
 
 
CONTACT ME

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