Resources: Frequently Asked Questions
We know that getting acupuncture for the first time can be intimidating.
We see a lot of patients who are new to acu and are used to walking patients through it step by step. Please reach out to our reception team or ask your practitioner if you don't find the answer you are looking for here. At East Village Acupuncture we love what we do and are always happy to explain.
What will my first acupuncture session be like?
Once you fill out the initial paperwork, you’ll come into our communal acupuncture room and speak with your practitioner about the issue that has brought you in. The acupuncturist will ask follow up questions to help them decide how to proceed with the session. Very small, sterile, single use needles will be inserted into acupuncture points, then you will be left to rest for about 30 minutes. At the end of your session your acupuncturist will remove the needles and answer any questions that you have. You will be given a treatment plan before you leave which contains our suggestion for how often you will need to come in. If you are feeling nervous please let your practitioner know, they will talk you through the whole process.
Does acupuncture hurt?
Acupuncture points usually feel a bit pinchy when the needles are inserted. Afterwards you may experience a heavy or achy sensation. Most people find the needle stimulation very mild. Don't worry, it's nothing like getting a needle at the doctor's office. We use tiny, hair thin needles and a gentle needling technique.
Will I feel better right after the treatment?
Sometimes, depending on what you're coming in for. Other times it may take a day or so after the treatment to see an improvement. With chronic, long-standing issues, it can take a few treatments to notice a difference. Ask your practitioner what to expect for your individual condition. Sometimes you will be feel a bit tired or sore after treatment, this is normal and usually fades quickly.
What should I do before coming in for acupuncture?
Make sure to eat something within a few hours before getting acupuncture. Wear loose fitting clothing so that it's easy to roll up your pants and sleeves.
What will my first massage session be like?
Your licensed massage therapist will greet you in the reception area and bring you back to the massage room. They will do a short intake to determine why you have come in and discuss with you what type of massage techniques will best address your condition. They will let you know what clothing needs to be removed and then leave the room so that you can change and get under the massage sheets.
Do you accept my insurance?
As of 09/01/2021 we will no longer be in network with any insurance companies. We are happy to provide a super bill which you can submit to your insurance company to claim any out of network benefits.
Be sure to tell us if it is your first time getting acu.
We will talk you through everything that we are doing so that you feel entirely comfortable.
Truly Amazing first time experience. My Acupuncturist was as kind as he was professional and the entire establishment overall was clean, relaxing and made the whole process, needles included a blissful experience.