Expectations & Preparation

Will it hurt?

Fortunately for most people, the answer is "no". Occasionally, you may feel a pinch, but any discomfort is likely to be mild and short-lived.

How long does a treatment take?
Typically, it takes between 45-60 minutes. While there are many different theories, most often the needles are retained for 30 minutes. My clinical experience bears this out, in almost all but the most extreme circumstances. For some insights into why this is the right amount of time, you might enjoy reading this.

How many treatments before I notice some improvement?

Most pain, nausea, and headache patients feel some or substantial relief during the treatment. For others, the results may come within the first 24 hours.


How many treatments before my condition is resolved?

That varies greatly based on the patient and the condition. A big part of the first two visits is devoted to determining a reasonable care plan. Such a plan benefits greatly from knowing the results of the first treatment. Based on your condition and goals, we will formulate a plan to get you the best results in the shortest time.

Before Treatment

You Should

Wear loose clothing that allows access from the knees to the feet and from the elbows to the hands.


Go to the restroom if you feel even the slightest need.


Tell me about all your symptoms and pain, even if you are being treated for a different condition


Plan to get some rest after the treatment, or at least not have to be working at top performance. This is especially important for the first few visits.

You Should Not

❌ Worry or be nervous. This is actually going to be pleasant.


❌ Come in Extremely Hungry, especially if you are hypoglycemic.


❌ Cancel an appointment due to cold, headache, or hangovers. You can get relief from these conditions as well.


❌ Eat an unusually large meal immediately before or after your treatment.


❌ Over-exert yourself, or consume alcoholic beverages within 6 hours before or after the treatment.

During The Visit

You Should

Let me know if you will be comfortable for at least 30 minutes and if the room temperature okay. 


Fall asleep if you feel like it.

You Should Not


❌ Don't move unnecessarily; use judgment based upon where the needles are placed.


❌ Don't use your cell phone! Please put it on silent or turn them off.


❌ Don't get off the table until all the needles are removed.