New Patients & FAQ
What to expect during
your first visit
Upon scheduling you will be prompted to fill out the Natural Point Wellness intake forms.
Please take the time to fill out the forms to the best of your ability. There may be questions that don’t seem to pertain to your visit, but please fill out every question so we may best treat you.
Before arriving to your appointment please make sure you have eaten a small snack, especially if you have a morning appointment. Not eating before your appointment may result in dizziness and fainting.
Please arrive to your appointment a few minutes early. Late arrivals may result in a shortened
treatment time. Please note: If you fail to give 24-hr cancellation notice and/or no call/no show you will receive a $45 cancellation fee.
Please allow 75 minutes for your first visit.
It is best to wear loose, comfortable clothing that may be rolled up to the knees and elbows.
Your first appointment. Your first visit takes longer than follow-ups because we want to get to know you, your health history, your goals, and to understand how we may best individualize a treatment plan to suit your concerns. During the initial assessment, we will check your pulse and examine your tongue; two methods used in Traditional Chinese Medicine to confirm your diagnosis. Following your consultation, you will have a full Acupuncture treatment.
Once the Acupuncture needles are in, you will be resting on the table for approximately 25 minutes. Movement while the needles are in place may cause muscle pain; lying still and allowing total body relaxation is best for healing.
Post-treatment. Treat yourself to rest and relaxation. Do not plan vigorous or demanding tasks following your Acupuncture session. Eat a healthy snack and drink plenty of water to rehydrate.
Between visits please take note of any changes that may have occurred, such as the alleviation of symptoms, symptoms moving to other areas of the body, or any developments in the condition(s) being treated.
Is Acupuncture safe?
Acupuncture is very safe when given by a licensed acupuncturist. Before getting acupuncture, make sure that the practitioner went to a recognized school and is licensed with the state.
Does Acupuncture hurt?
Acupuncture treatments are not painful. When the needle is breaking through the skin, there may be a slight pinch or burn sensation at the site. Once the needle is in place and you are resting, there should be no pain where the needles are.
How does Acupuncture work?
In Traditional Chinese Medicine it is believed that illness is due to an imbalance in the flow of energy throughout the body. We use disposable stainless steel acupuncture needles to stimulate the 14 energy-carrying meridians in the body to help prevent and treat various illness.
Why should I see a licensed acupuncturist over another health professional performing "dry needling"?
A licensed acupuncturist has over 2,500 hours and at least 3+ years of graduate level training in Chinese Medicine and Western Medicine, with over 600 hours of in person clinical training before graduating. Other health professionals require less than 150 hours of training to be able to perform acupuncture or "dry needling" as it's called.
Although most will not agree, dry needling is actually acupuncture that is performed by a professional not licensed to perform acupuncture because of their insufficient training in Chinese Medicine. Jamie performs what is considered dry needling on almost every one of her patients that comes in for muscle and joint related issues.
If you have any questions about this topic please feel free to contact us.
Where do you put the needles?
The needles are placed strategically throughout the body in different acupuncture points to promote healing. Depending on the condition being treated, acupuncture needles may be placed on the arms, legs, abdomen, back, head and ears.
Is Acupuncture safe during pregnancy?
Yes, acupuncture is safe during pregnancy and can help relieve many conditions during pregnancy and postpartum. It is very important to inform us if you are or may be pregnant because there are acupuncture points that are contraindicated during pregnancy.
acupuncture is great during the first trimester to assist with development and treat symptoms that arise early on.
How often should I receive treatment?
The frequency of treatments will vary for each patient depending on the condition and how the body responds to Acupuncture.1-2 times per week until progress is made is typical.
Will my insurance cover Acupuncture?
Natural Point Wellness does not accept insurance. We do accept HSA and FSA. You are able to submit treatments to your insurance for reimbursement if you would like.
Can I go to work or exercise after my treatment?
Although you may feel a bit tired after treatment, you are free to return to work or exercise. However we do recommend an easier exercise regimen immediately following the treatment.
If the practitioner recommends otherwise, they will let you know during your appointment.