If you’ve never had an acupuncture treatment before, you’re likely to have lots of questions. At Maine Center for Acupuncture, we want to ensure your comfort at all times – from your first visit to your 50th (or 500th)! That’s why we have you schedule an Initial Acupuncture (IA) with Ryan. You’ll be asked to fill out some paperwork, including this health profile form:
During your Initial Acupuncture Treatment, you and Ryan will speak privately, outside of the group space, about what brings you to MCA and how we can help. We’ll suggest a course of treatment, which could be anything from “we’d like to see you twice a week for eight weeks” to “we’d really like to see you every day for the next four days.” This suggestion is based on our experience with treating different kinds of conditions. If you don’t come in often or long enough, acupuncture may not be the right fit for you.
You’ll be introduced to the routine of coming to MCA: how to find your file, how to pay (remember: the amount $20-$40 is up to you!), and how to request a receipt if needed. Ryan will introduce you to the community clinic room and you’ll get your very first treatment in a big, cozy recliner; you’ll likely find “your” chair (many folks have a favorite or two, but please note it may not always be available). Some days there will be up to six other people getting treatments in the room while you are there, other days there might be fewer.
Come wearing comfortable clothing, with pants that can be easily rolled up to the knee. You’ll be asked to remove your wristwatch if you’re wearing one, and your shoes and socks. Ryan will feel your pulse on your wrist or other points on your body to get a sense of what’s calling for attention. Ryan will determine the points he will treat, and will swab areas with alcohol prep before gently inserting tiny needles.
We use sterile, single-use, needles (about the diameter of a strand of hair). You may feel a slight prick during insertion or nothing at all. Once the needles are in, you shouldn’t really notice them. You’ll then get to relax in the recliner with a blanket. Many people fall asleep, others just rest their eyes. Your treatment will last between 45-60 minutes (do let Ryan know if you’re under any time constraints). When your treatment is over, Ryan will remove the needles and dispose of them in a biohazard needle deposit. Then, you’re free to go – feeling rested and on your path towards healing. For your next visit, you’ll schedule a Follow-Up Treatment.
Explore our website for more information about benefits of acupuncture, the Community Acupuncture model, our Sliding Scale, scheduling an appointment, and about owner and practitioner Ryan Nitz. Check out our FAQs page, contact us with any questions, or join the conversation on Facebook. We look forward to seeing you soon!
Fun Fact: These pictures are from Kate’s very first treatment back in August of 2014! She’s since become a regular part of our Maine acupuncture community.