What can I expect from my first visit?

Your initial visit will consist of a comprehensive evaluation where we will review your health history and discuss the reasons you are seeking treatment. After the consultation I will present you with a treatment plan outlining what it will take to help you reach your goals. If time permits, we will begin your first treatment after the consult.

What other treatment modalities might be utilized during my treatment?

– Herbal Medicine: herbal formulas may be prescribed to enhance and fortify acupuncture treatments
– Cupping: suction is used to increase circulation and create movement in the channels
– Tuina: a therapeutic massage technique used to realign the body and reduce pain
– Guasha: a manual technique used to clear blockages from the body
– E-stim: electrical stimulation is used to manipulate the needles and create a current
– Moxibustion: a technique used to warm the channels by applying heat to a warming herb, allowing it to penetrate the body

What should I do to prepare for my first treatment?

– Fill out the provided intake form or come prepared with the requested information, including your health history and a list of current medications and  supplements
– Have something light to eat at least one hour before your treatment
– Wear or bring comfortable clothing that allows access to your arms and lower legs
– Do not ingest alcohol or non-prescription drugs on the day of your treatment

How long is a treatment?

Treatment time ranges from 35 minutes to one hour depending on what we’re doing that day.  Time will vary slightly based on the nature of the problem and amount of treatments you have received.

How long are needles retained?

Needles are retained for 10 – 30 minutes.

Are the needles sterile?

Each needle is individually wrapped and sterile.  All needles are for one-time use only, and disposed of in a regulated medical waste container once they are removed from the body.

Does acupuncture hurt?

People experience a range of sensation depending on their level of sensitivity, but very rarely is it described as pain.  There can be some brief discomfort as the needle is inserted, which usually dissipates quickly, or a sensation of heaviness, warmth, tingling, or movement through the body. For many, the experience is extremely relaxing.  While the thickest needle used is about as thick as a strand of hair, needles come in a range of sizes and a smaller gauge can always be used on a more sensitive patient.  At Thrive Acupuncture, open communication between the patient and practitioner is at the heart of any treatment and adjustments are readily made to assure the patient’s comfort.

Do you take health insurance?

I currently accept most major health insurance plans.  To find out if your plan qualifies, please request an insurance verification form here.