Frequently Asked Questions for Acupunctureby: Miranda Cacek, L.Ac., LMT

When people find out I’m an acupuncturist, I often get asked a lot of questions. Here are the top 8 questions and how I usually answer them.

What will the first session be like?
For the first session I recommend coming 10 minutes ahead of time to fill out the paperwork and get settled.
I will take you to my treatment room and discuss your health and what you want to work on and explain to you how the session will go. Then you will then lie on the table, face up and fully clothed, and I will begin with a technique that asks the body what it needs and what it wants to work on. Then, I will place the points, making sure you are completely comfortable, and then step out of the room for a few minutes, usually not longer than 15 minutes. I will come back in and remove those points, turn you over to place the points on the back of your body. I will then leave the room again, usually not longer than 15 minutes. I will then come back in the room, remove the points and we will discuss a health plan for your care, the next steps to take, and answer any of your questions.

What if I’m afraid of needles?
You know what it’s like waiting in line for a roller coaster you’ve never been on before? You’re nervous, a little scared, but also a little excited? Do you remember how you felt when you got off? Thrilled? Ecstatic? Wanting to go again? That’s kinda how acupuncture is!
I love working with people who are hesitant to try acupuncture because of this reason! Needles can be scary and based on past experiences, very painful! I get it and I understand! I had to work through a needle phobia myself – while I was in acupuncture school too!
The needles are far more scary in our heads than they actually are in real life. For some people they want to know all the details and in this case we will talk about why you’re afraid of needles, what they actually look like and feel like, how and where they will be used and what you might feel when they are placed. For others, they don’t want to a know anything, see or touch them ahead of time. It’s all ok and perfect!
Once the needles are placed, 99% of people say, “Oh! That wasn’t so bad!” or “Wow! I didn’t even feel it!” Then they take a deep breath and relax on the table. I’ve worked with plenty of people who now frequently use and love acupuncture who were once like you! (And a few of them are still scared and they come anyway because they know it works!)

Do I need to prepare for getting Acupuncture?
It’s important to eat a healthy meal at least 30 -60 minutes prior to getting acupuncture especially for your first visit. Some people can feel faint during or after a session, and eating before hand is the best way to prevent this from happening. Drinking plenty of water ahead of your session, as well as after, is also very beneficial.
You will be resting on the treatment table for a short period of time, so avoiding food and beverages that may make you antsy or give you an upset stomach. Your comfort and relaxation during the session is my top priority.

What should I wear?
Very rarely do people need to to fully undress for acupuncture. Please wear or bring comfortable clothing that can be rolled up at the legs and arms or easily be moved aside.

How will I feel after a session?
Most people report feeling very relaxed immediately after a session, and later you might experience sleeping better than you have in a long while. Our beginning acupuncture sessions are resetting your body’s system and a good night’s sleep is your body’s way of processing and integrating the new information from the treatment. ​
Please plan your day accordingly when you have an acupuncture session scheduled. Avoiding strenuous activity, drinking lots of water, and eating healthy, nourishing foods after your sessions will help you maximize and extend the healing benefits of acupuncture.

How many sessions will I need?
This answer varies from person to person. The quick answer is that we ask your body what it needs and go from there. Because illness is usually progressive and we often have a lifetime of patterns to address, acupuncture and BodyTalk are not a ‘one and done’ treatment. I recommend committing to a 4-6 session series so we can address the foundation changes that are often needed to get you feeling better. Its very common for the first few treatments to be close together and then space out after you start noticing shifts and changes.

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If you have any more questions or concerns not addressed here, please don’t hesitate to contact Miranda, our Acupuncturist. She always has time for you!