Your First Visit

New Patient Appointment

Welcome to your first visit to Kara Haines Acupuncture. I am delighted you have chosen my practice to regain and maintain balance. Whether you have had acupuncture before or this is your very first time, I'm thrilled to be a part of your experience. 


Every acupuncturist and practice is different, highlighting the beauty of this medicine. As an art and a science, we as practitioners can flex our creativity and knowledge to provide health and wellness to all.


New Patient Appointment

I break up the new patient appointment into two parts: the phone consultation and the in-person treatment. I do this to accommodate a busy schedule and allow patients to make earlier appointments rather than wait longer for relief. 


Intake and consent forms are filled out online and gather answers to the traditional Chinese Medicine questions. As a holistic medicine, information about your sleep, digestion, emotions, and more is vital to know your concerns' underlying causes. 


The new patient phone consult is roughly 20-30 minutes, in which we make initial introductions and discuss your primary troubles. Then, I gather an informative idea of your treatment goals, expectations, any questions or concerns, and ultimately if acupuncture is the right fit for you. 


In-Person Treatments

Finally, you're ready for your in-person treatment. Allow an hour of your day dedicated to rest, recovery, and a healing session. After collaborating face to face and doing the traditional tongue and pulse diagnostics, it's time to get comfortable! Once on the treatment table, I apply the acupuncture "pins" or non-needle techniques to appropriate acupoints and channels. The most commonly utilized points are below the knees and elbows, the back or abdomen, and occasionally the head, face, or ears. Less is more in Chinese Medicine, for each point sends a message to the brain and body. 


Depending on the condition, a hot pack with castor oil may be applied to benefit digestion, overall relaxation, or to the area of pain. Also, a far-infrared heat lamp to warm your feet or area of discomfort helps the healing process further. Jade and tourmaline table warmers are available to continue your relaxing experience while balancing the channels. *Note: heat is not required for results. 


Many people find acupuncture treatments profoundly relaxing, and it is not uncommon for patients to fall asleep during this time. Soothing music and aromatherapy add the finishing touches to bliss. 


Supplementary therapies may be utilized and explained if applicable. I then step out for 10-30 minutes accordingly to allow your body's self-healing processes to work their magic. In the end, I dispose of the needles after a thorough count (I don't want to send you home with any surprises!). Hot tea or water is available on the way out to your beautiful day. 


Follow-up appointments involve an initial check-in, diagnostics if needed, and back to the treatment room for another relaxing session. Each treatment is unique as your body changes day-to-day. Therefore, sessions are adjusted accordingly depending on your progress, and supplemental therapies or point combinations may change to encourage balance efficiently. 

Getting the Most out of Treatments

For the best treatment results, keep a few things in mind:

  • Please show up on time; my practice depends on the smooth flow between patient appointments. 

  • Avoid an empty stomach or eating a large meal right before your visit.

  • Wear loose, comfortable clothes.

  • Be sure to let me know if anything is uncomfortable or if you have any questions or concerns.

  • Refrain from overexertion, drugs, or alcohol for at least six hours after treatment and arrive sober for your treatment.  

  • Apply any self-care recommendations between visits.

  • Keep all of your appointments, as each visit builds upon the previous ones.​

If you have any questions, don't hesitate to reach out. 


I look forward to meeting you! 


Your Role in the Process

Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine are potent tools that activate your body's ability to heal itself. Although a pearl of profound ancient wisdom, Chinese Medicine cannot work without your natural resources. Working together, we utilize treatments and self-care to obtain maximum results. 

Focusing on your health and committing to a healthy lifestyle are the best steps you can take for your long-term care. Once symptoms dissipate, acupuncture can prevent future imbalances while maintaining your overall health. In addition, discovering new ways to nurture and care for your body, mind, and spirit promotes growth and inspiration. 

Acupuncture is a natural and holistic healthcare and is not an instant fix. True healing takes time and dedication. Depending on your current health and symptoms, you could feel better right away, or you may need treatments for weeks, months, or years to achieve the results you want. But, with a bit of patience and an open mind, you'll be on your way to health and vitality.

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