Getting ready for your first visit? Learn about what to expect and fill out your forms ahead of time.
Your first visit will take about an hour. Once your new patient forms are filled out, you will have a consultation with Dr. Alicia Cohler to discuss your health-related problems, concerns, and potential treatment options. This initial visit is designed for Dr. Alicia Cohler to learn more about you, your condition, and expectations to determine how chiropractic care can meet your goals. After your consultation, Dr. Alicia Cohler will perform a complete chiropractic examination testing your reflexes and flexibility. Other standard neurological, orthopedic, postural, and physical tests will be performed as well. However, nothing will be done in our office without your consent.
Dr. Alicia Cohler will give you a detailed report of all findings and answer any questions including:
- How can you help me?
- How often do I need to come in?
- What will my treatment cost?
After reviewing your health history, goals, and examining your spine, Dr. Alicia Cohler will discuss recommendations and notify you if your condition requires care with other providers. Dr. Alicia Cohler will provide the best treatment and wellness program for your needs.
Your first visit will take about 75 minutes. We recommend you eat a light snack before coming in. Wear loose fitting clothes if possible, otherwise a gown can be provided to allow access to your legs and abdomen.
Please arrive 10 minutes early to fill out the patient intake form. Or, if you prefer, download it below and fill it out ahead of time to expedite your first acupuncture appointment.
After you fill out your medical intake form, the practitioner will ask you a series of questions specific to your condition and also about your general health. She will look at your tongue and feel your pulse (the major diagnostic tools of Chinese medicine) in order to determine your Chinese pattern, or diagnosis. She will choose usually 12-20 points for acupuncture. The needles stay in for about 30 minutes. Once the needles are removed, your acupuncturist will perform any accessory modalities that are appropriate for you such as cupping, guasha (muscle manipulation with a smooth tool), electro-stimulation, Tui Na (Chinese massage), ion pumping cords, moxibustion (heating of acupuncture points), topical liniments, ear seeds/magnets. You can also discuss whether you are a candidate for Chinese herbs.
The number of treatments you’ll need depends on the duration and severity of your ailment. Acute disorders may clear up after two or three sessions. Chronic diseases may require a longer course of treatment, such as one visit per week for 3-6 months.
Simply come ready to relax for an hour and connect with your body. On your first visit, you will be asked to describe any physical ailments. You will then be introduced to your massage therapist and taken to one of our treatment rooms. The massage therapist will then explain to you how the massage process works and answer any questions you may have about the treatment. Once your massage therapist has a full understanding of your treatment goals, the massage will begin. Please let your practitioner know if you’d like more or less pressure, changes to the music or temperature in the room.