WHAT TO EXPECT

The First Visit

We ask a lot of questions to get to know you and your unique constitution. No single sign or symptom is diagnostic; we play detective to look for patterns underlying your ailment.

Other diagnostic tools include looking at your tongue, feeling your pulses, palpating certain points, and orthopedic tests.

You will get a full acupuncture treatment on your fist visit. Questions or reservations will be honored.

The First Visit

We ask a lot of questions to get to know you and your unique constitution. No single sign or symptom is diagnostic; we play detective to look for patterns underlying your ailment.

Other diagnostic tools include looking at your tongue, feeling your pulses, palpating certain points, and orthopedic tests.

You will get a full acupuncture treatment on your fist visit. Questions or reservations will be honored.

How to Prepare for Your Acupuncture Visits

Complete the paperwork online beforehand. Bring any recent lab work with you. Drink water and eat at least a snack within a couple of hours of your treatment. Wear loose-fitting clothing that allows access at least up to knees and elbows, and silence your devices.

Relax! We’ll take good care of you.

The Process of Health

There are different phases of care:

1. Symptom Relief
Many people seek help when they are really suffering and need relief from their most intense symptoms. Treatments will be more frequent to help stabilize your condition.

2. Corrective Care
We begin to address more of your underlying constitution – the reason your symptoms manifested and/or didn’t resolve on their own. We retrain your body to function in a new way so that your symptom relief lasts.

3. Wellness Care
You’re feeling great and want to maintain your new normal. Health is not some destination we arrive at and we’re done; it is a dynamic equilibrium. Periodic treatments are used to sustain the progress we’ve made and to prevent relapses.

The Process of Health

There are different phases of care:

1. Symptom Relief – Many people seek help when they are really suffering and need relief from their most intense symptoms. Treatments will be more frequent to help stabilize your condition.

2. Corrective Care – We begin to address more of your underlying constitution – the reason your symptoms manifested and/or didn’t resolve on their own. We retrain your body to function in a new way so that your symptom relief lasts.

3. Wellness Care – You’re feeling great and want to maintain your new normal. Health is not some destination we arrive at and we’re done; it is a dynamic equilibrium. Periodic treatments are used to sustain the progress we’ve made and to prevent relapses.

Common Questions About Acupuncture

 

Does it hurt?

Many people don’t even feel acupuncture needles on insertion. There can be a slight poke sensation in sensitive areas, but even that dissipates within seconds. New patients are always surprised by how gentle and painless it is, and we’ve even had people find it so relaxing that they fall asleep in the process.

Acupuncture needles are nothing like hypodermic needles. They don’t cut, but rather are solid, extremely thin, and flexible. They are sterile, single use, disposable, and made of stainless steel.

We customize every aspect of care, including the needles for your treatment. We have many types and sizes to elicit different treatment effects and to accommodate your comfort.

What's the difference between dry needling and acupuncture?

Dry needling is a term that allows healthcare professionals without an acupuncture license to practice acupuncture techniques. A licensed acupuncturist has completed thousands of hours of training and passed rigorous board exams, whereas chiropractors or physical therapists in Colorado may take a short workshop (46 hours) and begin selling “dry needling.”

Dry needling is the use of acupuncture needles to release a trigger point, or muscle knot that causes radiating pain. Acupuncturists are trained to do dry needling but are often able to relieve muscle tension and pain with more comfortable techniques. Our scope is far wider than this single technique, and we are able to treat the entire body, not just an isolated muscle. The outcome is better results that last longer and are safely achieved without pain.

How many treatments will I need?

There is no magic number of treatments that we can say you will need. Generally speaking, the more severe a condition and/or the longer it has been going on, the more treatments will be required. Acute conditions usually resolve more quickly. Most people begin to feel better after the first treatment or two, but acupuncture is cumulative and change will continue fairly steadily.

Relief care often requires 2-3 visits per week, corrective care 1 visit every 7-10 days, and wellness care 1 visit every 3-8 weeks. Learn more about the phases of care above.

How can I make the most of my acupuncture treatments?
  • Be patient. We are not just covering up symptoms, we are correcting imbalances from deep within. Just as you wouldn’t expect to be buff after one workout or thin after one salad, true change takes time. We are making major internal shifts in your physiology, and that doesn’t happen overnight.
  • Be consistent. Each treatment builds upon the last, and the momentum we create is what keeps your body in healing mode. If you wait too long between treatments, you lose that progress and essentially have to start over.
  • Commit to your health. We empower you to contribute to your own healing. Follow our diet and lifestyle suggestions, come in for treatment at recommended intervals, and take herbs and supplements as prescribed. The more you are on board, the more efficient and cost-effective.
  • Celebrate your improvements. Healing is gradual, so pay attention to the subtle changes. You might notice you have more energy. Sleeping more soundly might mean you only woke up once a night instead of twice. Trust the process.
There's nothing wrong, but can you still help me?

We love this question because it speaks to a fault in our current system’s health care. While modern medicine is great for physical trauma and helps to keep you alive, Eastern medicine makes you glad that you are. So while you may seem healthy, we can optimize your health and may be able to address other concerns preventatively.

Acupuncture
and Herbs Go
Hand in Hand

Learn more about how you can see more impactful results on your health by combining acupuncture and herbal medicine together.

Acupuncture and Herbs Go Hand in Hand

Learn more about how you can see more impactful results on your health by combining acupuncture and herbal medicine together.

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Evergreen, CO 80439

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Evergreen, CO 80439

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(720) 722-3162

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