What to wear?
Because I prefer you remain dressed for your appointment, wearing comfortable, loose-fitting, stretchy clothing is recommended.
Loose comfortable clothes that can be easily pushed up past your elbows and knees are best. I'd prefer to push up clothes as needed rather than asking you to remove them.
Some people prefer to carry their baggy clothing to the appointment and change when they arrive. Other great clothing options include shorts, long skirts, wide-leg sweats or lounge pants. The best bra is one that opens in the back or just a tank top.
When you arrive at Concord Street Health Institute (CHI) at 78 Concord Street, Peterborough, NH, you will park in the large, paved, well-lit lot at the back of the building. The entrance to the office faces the parking lot.
Once inside you will most likely be greeted by Lauren, Morgan or Caryl. If you arrive a few moments early there is a place to hang your coat, a bathroom, and a waiting room. I will come to the waiting room at the time of your appointment and lead you through the office and up the stairs to my office. There is also a bathroom and a place to hang your coat upstairs.
My office is where you will have your treatment and I will gather the information I need to treat you. At first, we will take a few moments to just talk and find out what you need. Then I will ask you to take off your shoes and socks and remove any jewelry around your wrists. A comfortable treatment table awaits you to lie down, put your feet up and relax. If your feet are cold, I’ll offer a sheet and heat lamp to warm them.
Once comfortable, I will feel the pulse in both of your wrists (Did you know that eastern medicine practitioners observe 9 pulses in the wrist?) take a look at your tongue, and take a reading of your meridians. Reading the meridians is done using a tool called the Acugraph. While you relax I will ask you to hold a small metal bar with one hand while I rest a cotton-tipped probe dipped in water on six places on each wrist and ankle. The probe reads the number of Ohms running through each of your twelve meridians and then plots it on a colorful graph on my computer. You can watch the computer screen while I check each meridian. At the end of each treatment, you will receive a copy of your graph with an explanation in a HIPA secure email from me.
When I have the right amount of information to form a diagnosis, and I will come up with a prescription of acupuncture points that I will needle to treat the root cause and symptoms of your main complaint. The needles will be retained 15-30 minutes while you rest. I often have mellow folk or jazz music playing. Some people like to pray or meditate; many fall asleep with the first needle or two.
During the treatment you may ask questions, just relax or fall asleep. Most patients feel a deep sense of calm and relaxation. I will check in several times about the comfort of the needles.
At the end of your time, I will remove the one-time-use needles and place them in a sharps container. If a take-home therapy is warranted I will use this time to explain it to you. Once we are finished with the treatment you will have time to ask questions, collect your things, use the bathroom if needed, and make your way downstairs to make another appointment and pay.