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What to expect at your first appointment.
What you can expect as you move forward on your path to health and healing.
As a new patient to our clinic, we provide exceptional care and we listen to your needs and concerns. As a new patient, we require a three-visit process. Your first two appointments will be three to five days apart. These two appointments are diagnostic appointments that will provide information to your practitioner on how your body is responding to the treatment. You will then come for your third appointment, which is a follow-up appointment, and here we will go over your report of findings and suggest a treatment plan and payment options.
Your First Visit at EastWest
You will receive an email with a link to fill out our health history form online. If you have not, please call us and we will make sure to send that to you so you can fill that out ahead of time.
This appointment is about 1.5 hours with intake, diagnosis, treatment plan, and treatment.
Your Traditional Chinese Medical Practitioner/Doctor will spend about 30 minutes with you, talk about your chief concern and other health conditions. During this conversation, please feel free to ask questions about anything you need more clarity on.
The treatment portion of this visit is typically 25-40 minutes long. If your treatment requires cupping, muscle release, or other therapies your treatment time is 40-50 minutes.
Your Second Visit at EastWest
You will have a brief chat with your practitioner about how you are feeling and if there is anything else you need to discuss. Your treatment will be much like the first treatment, 45-60 minutes total depending on which therapies your treatment involves.
Your Third Visit at EastWest
Report of Findings
At your third appointment, you will discuss any changes that you have noticed with your condition. Your practitioner will go over the suggested treatment plan with you. Our goal at this appointment is to evaluate your goals, answer any questions, and go over your payment options.
EastWest Acupuncture Clinic will help you decide what is the best payment option to fit your needs. We have several great care plans available. You can also use your health savings account, credit card, or monthly payments.
Our priority is you and to support you in your healing journey.
How does acupuncture work?Acupuncture is one of the oldest and most commonly used medical procedures in the world. Your body is governed by 14 different meridians that control specific functions. These meridians run through the body like a highway system. Blockages of Qi (energy) or deficiencies or excesses of Qi cause illness and disease. Acupuncture regulates the flow of Qi and helps your body restore, heal and rebuild itself naturally. Take a look at our Services page for information about other modalities we use as well!
How many treatments will I need?The number of treatments needed varies and depends on your specific health concerns. Acupuncture is a cumulative process, which requires time and scheduled attention. Most patients are initially seen one to three times a week depending on their prognosis and treatment progression. Following initial treatments many patients benefit from monthly maintenance to prevent reoccurrence issues and maintain overall well-being.
Will my insurance policy cover treatments?EastWest Acupuncture is not in network with any insurance companies. We do not submit bills directly to insurance companies, but we are happy to provide you with a receipt of your payment to submit on your own for reimbursement.
Is it okay to get acupuncture if I’m receiving other treatments or taking other medications?Yes! Acupuncture is a wonderful co-therapy/complement for treating many conditions. Be sure to give an accurate health history so that your practitioner knows what medications you are taking and what other types of treatments you are receiving.
Can I use my Health Savings Account (HSA) or Flexible Spending Account (FSA) to pay for acupuncture?Yes, acupuncture is a qualified medical expense for these types of accounts.
Frequently Asked Questins
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