How To Keep Your Acupuncturist Happy

Believe me, no one is happier than I am when I see blissed-out, pain-free people floating out of my office. I love what I do, for so many reasons. The field of acupuncture still intrigues me on every level, and I love getting paid for something that I honestly feel I was born to do. When you come into my office, you will get 100% of my time, effort, and energy. Whether I know you or not, when you are in my treatment room, I have made it my life's mission to get you better. In the spirit of reciprocation, can you do a few things for me as well?

1. I know that some people run cold, but if this is the case, can you please try to dress in layers? I can get around most articles of clothing, but if you are wearing a bodysuit beneath your overalls, it really makes my job more difficult. Here's a good rule of thumb: if it took you an hour to squeeze into what you are wearing, it will probably take me the same amount of time to figure out how to needle around it.

2. Part of my job is to get information, so please give me honest answers. Believe me, you're only helping yourself by giving me the info I need to plan your treatment. You will never say anything that will embarrass, horrify, disgust, or frighten me...I promise you. I have heard it all.

3. Please, please use the bathroom BEFORE I put the needles in. Please.

4. You don't need to apologize for your hairy legs, long toenails, foot odor, or any other issue that is hidden when you are fully dressed. I DON'T CARE. Again, I have seen it all...at this point I could witness an extra face growing out of your leg, and would barely spare it a glance.

5. On the other hand, if you haven't washed your feet in three days, it would be kind of nice if you'd give them a brief cleaning before treatment. Just saying.

6. If you are uncomfortable in any way...if the room is too cold or too hot...if a needle is bothering you...if the heatlamp has gotten too warm...tell me. I can't fix something if I don't know about it. My goal is to not only have you leave feeling better, but also to enjoy the experience of the treatment as an hour of peace and relaxation. I will do everything in my power to make that happen, but please don't suffer through the hour and then tell me later, "I was so cold/hot/uncomfortable/etc that I couldn't enjoy myself." Tell me when I can actually do something about it!

7. If you loved your treatment (which, of course you have!) and got great results, please talk about it. Word of mouth means everything to us!