New Patients

June 13th, 2008 by admin

Welcome to Barefoot Doctor, and thank you for choosing us!  The following will help your first visit be a great experience and will familiarize you with what to expect!

Setting:

In our clinic we treat in a community setting.  This is different than what you may have experienced if you’ve already received acupuncture in a private setting.  Don’t worry!  We’re pretty sure you’ll love it, and it’s just as effective (if not more!).  In the group setting, your health concerns are still confidential, and we are mindful of how we speak about conditions while in the treatment room.  You are always welcome to communicate by email or phone ahead of time too if you prefer!  At your first visit, we’ll go over your forms in the front office, and an individual treatment plan will also be discussed for you to know how to get the best results from acupuncture. Then you’ll grab a chair and receive your first treatment!

* Because treatments are in process constantly during open hours, we appreciate you entering quietly, and speaking quietly in the waiting area.  If no one is up front when you come in, we’re with patients and will be up shortly! If you haven’t filled out paperwork yet, clipboards with forms are on the desk.

Treatment:

The treatment room consists of 6 zero-gravity recliners (so comfy!).  There are cubbies in the treatment area where patients leave bags, and remove socks and shoes.  Don’t forget to turn phone ringers off!  We play soothing music, but you’re welcome to listen to music of your own with headphones as long as it’s not disruptive to your neighbors.  We do have one table in a small adjacent room for those who have difficulty with the chairs, or if it is deemed necessary for treatment efficacy. Because points are primarily used below the knees and elbows, you will not be undressed, but it does help to wear clothing that makes these areas easily accessible (skinny jeans/pants aren’t ideal). If you’re coming from work, feel free to bring a change of clothes.

How acupuncture feels (“the schpiel”):

The needles are tiny, about the size of a hair, so they’re not like most needles you’ve encountered.  We put them in a tiny guide tube, which you’ll feel pressed down on the point being used, then the needle is tapped in.  You may feel nothing, or different sensations like tingling, a dull pressure, dull ache, or warmth.  These are all very normal and are a good sign that your body is reacting in a helpful way to the treatment. You may sometimes feel a tiny prick just as the needle is inserted, but this goes away almost immediately.  If at any point a needle is uncomfortable, let us know so that it can be removed or adjusted.  Once all of your needles are placed, we try to have you lay for at least 20- 30 minutes in order to give the treatment time to work, but we let people lay longer and check back to see if you feel more alert and energized- signs that your treatment is done.  You may feel deeply relaxed during your treatment, and people often fall asleep! Always let us know if you have any time constraint so that we can get you out on time!

Forms:

Prior to your first appointment you are able to download and print the forms that we require at your initial visit.  This can save you time in the office, however, if you do not have access to a printer you may arrive a few minutes early for your appointment to fill them out.

  • Health History Form- The Health History Form will ask you to provide the acupuncturist with detailed information about your health and the reasons for your visit.  Please print and fill out for first visit.
  • Informed Consent- Please print and sign this form upon first visit

Payment:

Our clinic uses a sliding scale fee to make acupuncture affordable to our patients.  The sliding scale is $20- $40, with an initial treatment fee of $10.  So first treatment cost is $30- $50.  Payment is preferred in check or cash.  We also currently accept payments through Paypal. In order to keep cash payment amounts private, there are small envelopes on the front desk that you will write your name on, place payment in, and drop in the lock box. Checks can be dropped in the box without an envelope. It’s a great idea to take care of payment when you come in, since people are deeply relaxed after acupuncture!

Initial Treatment Amount

 


Cancellations:

If you need to change or  cancel an appointments, you may do so yourself through the website.  We ask for a 24 hour notice of cancellation- appointments cancelled with less than 24 hour notice are charged a $15 fee due at the next appointment.