The following suggestions are provided to help you have a safe and relaxing experience with acupuncture.
Eat a light snack 2 hours prior to your visit. Don’t eat a large meal before your visit.
Avoid alcohol and coffee on the day of your treatment.
Do not brush your tongue 24 - 48 hours prior to treatment. The tongue coat is an essential diagnostic tool in Chinese medicine.
Avoid heavy exertion immediately before and after treatment.
Set aside enough time so that you are not rushing to and from your visit.
Wear loose, comfortable clothing that can be rolled up to your elbows or knees.
If you have several conditions or symptoms you would like to address, rank them by priority. On your first visit to the clinic, you will be asked primarily about your chief complaint. Secondary issues will also be noted and addressed as the treatment progresses.
What to Expect
Set aside at least 1 ½ hours for your first visit. Future visits last approximately 1 hour.
The first visit consists of:
o Needles in 20 min or longer. Front and back treatment, depending
o Tuina: Chinese orthopedic bodywork.
Getting the most out of treatment
For the best treatment results, keep a few things in mind:
You will receive more benefit from your treatment if you refrain from overexertion for a couple hours after treatment after your visit and avoid any activities that aggravate your condition.
Follow your treatment plan between visitsto maximize your treatments to support you on the road to health and wellness.
Keep your appointments, as each visit builds upon the previous ones.
What to expect on the first visit
On average, set aside at least 45 minutes for your first visit and approximately 25 minutes for subsequent visits.
It is a good idea to wear comfortable clothes and shoes for your visit or an examination gown can be provided for you.
The first visit consists of:
· an exam
· x-rays, if needed
· an adjustment
· ice down and massage roller tables
TIP: Bring a copy of any x-rays or radiology reports you have.
Dr. Gilson will determine a schedule of care for you, which will depend on your specific circumstances. In most acute cases, you might be required to come 3 times a week for 2 weeks, after which, Dr. Gilson will re-evaluate your case. After the acute phase is completed, we will schedule maintenance visits, which is like a regular tune-up, to help deal with the daily wear and tear of life. Once your case has been resolved, simply come in when pain or discomfort strikes.
Why do chiropractors take x-rays?
Chiropractors take x-rays to reveal the internal structure and alignment of the spine. We are also concerned about underlying disease processes and disorders of the spine such as spinal deterioration, arthritis of the spine, abnormal development, bone spurs, disc disorders, tumors and spinal curvature. X-rays also provide a blueprint for correcting the spine back to optimal health and alignment.
What does an adjustment do?
Adjustments help normalize spinal function and avoid bone and soft tissue degeneration. When the bones that protect the spinal cord lose their normal position or motion, delicate nerve tissue can become “choked” or irritated. If an examination reveals malfunctioning areas of the spine, Chiropractic adjustments are recommended to help correct this malfunction and then the body can begin the natural healing process.