Janet Culp

What to Expect

Acupuncture works is not a single event, magic bullet.  It works because it is process-oriented and designed to heal your entire being. Those who respond well to acupuncture have usually made a commitment to a course of treatment, over a period of time.

It is most beneficial to fit your expectations for feeling better into this realistic model, rather than expect an instant fix the first time you receive this type of treatment. You can expect, though, to have the practitioner's full attention for the entirety of your session, partly due to training, but also due to working independently and seeing only one client at a time. 

How many acupuncture treatments might typically be needed?

This varies by the severity, duration and intensity of the condition, and overall health of the person. Here are a few possible scenarios, based on whether the condition is acute or chronic.

    • Acute Injury & Pain Relief - 1 to 6 treatments. A smaller number of treatments spaced close together (i.e. every day/every other day for 4 to 6 treatments).
    • Long-standing / Chronic Condition & Pain: 8 to 12 treatments close together. A longer course of care with treatments spaced initially at 2 times per week, then tapering down to 1 time per week, then 1 time every other week, over 3 to 4 months.
    • Maintenance or Wellness Care: 1 to 2 treatments per month ongoing

Tips for your first visit

  • Be sure to fill out your initial intake and consent forms online BEFORE you arrive at your first appointment.        (This gives Janet time to review them prior to your treatment).
  • Wear comfortable and loose fitting clothing if possible. There are gowns and towels if needed.
  • You will need to remove metal jewelry or watches before your treatment. 
  • Please refrain from wearing heavy perfume, cologne, or fragrances due to chemical and other sensitivities of practitioner and others.
  • Please plan to arrive promptly at your appointment time.
  • Feel free to use the restroom when you arrive.
  • Janet will greet you & take you to your treatment room.
  • Your initial intake will take 30-45 minutes, followed by a treatment lasting 60 minutes. Please plan 90 to 120  minutes for your initial appointment.

After your first visit

Your practitioner will discuss with you the recommended treatment frequency & plan for your individual needs. You can then schedule your next visit(s) before leaving.

  • For each follow-up treatment, please arrive for your appointment at the appointmented time.
  • Your progress since the last treatment will be discussed before your treatment.
  • Afterwards you can book your next / future appointments and get on with your day.

Let's talk first 

If you’re wondering whether acupuncture could be right for you; or, if you'd prefer to talk with the practitioner prior to booking your first appointment, you can schedule a free 15-minute consultation.  That way, we can meet on the phone to discuss your health concerns and figure out together if we're a good fit.

Call or text 360-900-3247 to schedule a free 15-minute phone consult, first appointment or follow-up appointments. You can also go to the Contact Me page on this website. I will do my best to return your call by the end of the next day.