New Acupuncture Patients

Welcome! 

If this is your first experience with acupuncture, we are so glad you chose us.  We will stand by you from beginning to end.

Here are some things to know before your first treatment with us.

Scheduling Your First Acupuncture Appointment

Your first appointment will be 75 minutes long.  It will include a 15-minute consultation followed by a 60 minute acupuncture treatment.  When scheduling online, you must select either New Patient Community Acupuncture or Private Acupuncture New Patient to reserve the appropriate time slot.  If you do not select the appropriate New Patient appointment, we cannot guarantee that the practitioner will be able to accommodate your new patient appointment, and you may need to reschedule.  To avoid this, please be sure to select the appropriate appointment when scheduling your first visit.

Use the links below to schedule your New Patient acupuncture treatment. 

Paperwork

Please be sure to complete the Patient Information Form before your visit.  The form will be delivered to you via email, and it will take about 20 minutes to complete online. If you are not able to complete the Patient Information Form before your visit, please plan to arrive 20 minutes early to complete the form.

What to Wear

Please wear loose and comfortable clothing such as tank tops, t-shirts, gym shorts and stretchy pants that roll above the knee. Please refrain from wearing perfumes or scented deodorants out of courtesy to others in the clinic who may be sensitive.

What to Expect

Your first visit to South Philly Community Acupuncture will include:

  • A 10-15 minute consultation with your practitioner.  During the initial consultation, you and your practitioner will review the Patient Information Form, which includes your medical history and details about the condition for which you are seeking treatment.  The practitioner’s goal is to get to know you, your condition, and your habits so that they can offer you comprehensive, high-quality care.

  • A 60-minute acupuncture treatment. To begin the treatment, your practitioner will place 15-30 sterile, disposable, hair-like needles at various acupuncture points on your body as you rest on a table in our community treatment room.  You may be required to roll up sleeves, pant legs, or shirt to accommodate the needles.  After the needles are inserted, your practitioner will leave you to rest for 45 minutes to an hour, depending on the condition being treated.  Many patients feel completely relaxed and fall asleep on the table, and we encourage them to do so.  When your treatment is complete, your practitioner will remove the needles and give you time to collect yourself.  Payment is due in full at checkout.  We do not accept insurance, but we accept cash, credit, and check.

Preparing for Your First Treatment

Be sure to eat a healthy snack and avoid alcohol or caffeine. Give yourself plenty of time to arrive on time.  Your body will receive a greater benefit if you arrive in a calm and natural state.

After your First Treatment

Try to relax and drink plenty of water.  Allow 24 hours for the effects of acupuncture to settle in. You may feel differently immediately after treatment, or you may feel no change at all. In rarer cases, symptoms are exacerbated the day after treatment, which should not cause alarm.

Things to Remember:

  • Acupuncture is a process!

  • Each treatment builds off of the last. 

  • It is important to be patient and give your body time to heal.

We hope that our website was able to answer most of your questions about the services we provide and how they may be of benefit to you.  If something was missing or you would like to know more, please contact us at info@southphillyacu.com.