Nicole Fillion-Robin, LAc, MAcOM, Dipl. OM
If you've decided that you want to try out acupuncture for the first time ever, it can be pretty daunting to figure out who you trust to put needles into your body and trust that they know what they are doing (PS: they are TINY, and almost painless, I promise!)
My number one tip for new patients is to to your homework. There is so much information you can get out on the internet. You're going to want to look for acupuncturists that practice in locations convenient to you, because commuting is just another stressor on your body. Some acupuncturists may even offer home visits (like me!) if that is something you are interested in. Others will work exclusively out of their clinic.
Are you coming to an acupuncturist with certain health goals in mind? You may want to find an acupuncturist who specializes in pain management, infertility or digestive disorders. The more patients they see with these conditions the more research and hands on experience they will have had. Are you interested in cupping, herbs or tuina? You will want to make sure that your acupuncturist incorporates those into their treatment plans and is certified for them in their respective state or province.
Many acupuncturists offer 15-30 minute consultations over the phone or in person to answer any questions you may have. Often, these are free or at a reduced rate. This is a really good way to ask about how they practice and if you feel like you will be comfortable with them.
I had the pleasure of chatting with two other acupuncturists this weekend on an episode of How the Heck!?, and we compiled a list for you to bring with you during your consultations. In the video below you can learn more about what to look for and what questions to ask in this video as well as about costs, insurance, legalities and accreditation, types of therapies, specialties and style of care.
What I tell friends and family is that everyone is different! Your best friend's favorite acupuncturist might not be the best fit for you. If you've ever done talk therapy, you'll know that personality and comfort are two very important factors when choosing a therapist; acupuncture is the same. You will want to feel like you can open up to your practitioner about any stressors or health concerns you may have without fear of judgement or embarrassment.
To learn more about Jimmy Chung Duong, and care near Boston, visit his website at www.newellnesssolutions.com.
For care in Austin, you may of course book a complimentary consultation with me on my appointments page, and you should also learn more about Jenna Valentine at www.valentinecare.com
Because we love you and want you to get the VERY BEST care no no matter where you are, here is a printable checklist to help in your search and during your consultations: bit.ly/2YWQimF.