First and foremost- Welcome and I am excited to be part of your journey to health!
Acupuncture is a wonderful and effective way to begin your healing process; whether, it is for relief, wellness, or prevention. Eastern Medicine is a complete medical system that includes Acupuncture, Herbs, Massage, Exercise, Nutritional Support and other modalities to keep our body's in balance. The journey to becoming in balance begins with this first Acupuncture visit, here is what to expect!
Your first visit, which includes a thorough exam, consultation/assessment, Eastern Medical diagnosis, Acupuncture treatment and recommendation for continued care, can be scheduled on Mondays through Thursdays. Our front office staff will be happy to assist you in finding the right time that works for you.
Call (207) 885-9415 to make an appointment in Scarborough!
Your First Visit
We value your time and your treatment; therefore, please arrive 15 minutes early to fill out a few forms (click here to download and print at home). Once your forms are complete, I will take you to a treatment room to speak with you in private. Please wear loose or stretchable clothing, shorts or pants that may roll up is preferred. This will help tremendously during your treatment. One last thing, please have a bite to eat before your treatment. It is very important that you have had a meal at least 2 hours before your treatment.
Your Acupuncture Treatment
Your first appointment will generally take about an hour to an hour and a half. Follow-up treatments are generally 45 minutes. What sets Acupuncture apart is that we like to ask you many questions to truly understand your underlying condition along with what you are feeling now. Once I have thoroughly asked my questions and completed my diagnostic exams, I come up with an Eastern Medical diagnosis.
The acupuncture points will then be chosen according to my diagnosis. These points often vary from treatment to treatment for that your body will begin to regulate itself into balance. Other methods of Chinese Medicine may be used in your treatment if deemed medically necessary. This may include tui na medical massage, myofacial release, cupping therapy, gua sha therapy, moxibustion, herbal linament applications, electrical stimulation and/or infrared heat therapy. I take great care to explain what I am doing; in addition, listen to you. The acupuncture treatment should not hurt or cause discomfort. I have a very gentle needling style and tailor each treatment to my patients.
After your treatment, I may prescribe an herbal formula, vitamin/supplement support, or dietary recommendations to assist in your healing. These are generally prescribed after a couple of treatments; unless, needed for immediate concern. They may come in pills, tinctures, or granular formula's.