Patient Informed Consent for acupuncture, massage & integrative therapies
In order to receive acupuncture, massage & integrative bodywork services at Kent Biomedical Acupuncture, as a new patient you will be asked to fill out a personal medical history form and sign your consent to treatment. As with any medical procedure, it is important for the patient to be informed of possible or probable risks.
Physical bodywork generally serves to increase circulation and natural health, and decrease pain and disease. Every person is unique, and treatment results may vary. One person may feel all better after one treatment, while another person may feel sore and have a slower healing response. Optimal results usually occur with multiple visits, similar to physical therapy. It is strongly advisable to rest after treatment, especially those who are higher in age, dealing with chronic illness, or who tend towards overwork.
There are inherent risks in acupuncture, though the documented incidence of any negative effect is very low. Please rest assured that I am nationally certified in Clean Needle Technique. The most common risks are dizziness, fainting, bleeding or bruising at the needle site (documented occurrence less than 4%). Please inform the practitioner if you have problems with bleeding or clotting, though acupuncture is gentle and bleeding is rare. The most serious adverse effect documented is pneumothorax, breaching the lung lining, causing severe difficulty breathing and coughing within the ensuing hours after treatment. The documented occurrence is less than 1%; in the literature, these were very rare incidences which occurred more with manual or physical therapists who performed needling with minimal training and who were not licensed acupuncturists. Acupuncture is contraindicated if you are intoxicated.
For facial acupuncture, it is important to be aware that bleeding or bruising can sometimes occur on the face. Bruising is infrequent and minor, and part of the body’s normal healing process; most patients use make-up coverage for that week. If possible, avoid caffeine before treatment. Please read the FRA page for a list of medical contraindications.
With massage, moxa, cupping, guasha and other forms of physical bodywork, side effects such as dizziness, fainting, bruising, strain, burns, injury, or skin irritation are possible. Petechiae (skin redness) may occur and are a normal therapeutic response.
I use multiple warming methods, table warmers, heat lamps, stick and loose moxa, hot stones and towels, glass fire cupping, massage tools, massage oils and essential oils. Please discuss with the practitioner if you are not comfortable working on certain areas of the body, or with certain techniques or methods of bodywork.
General recommendations for acupuncture
Food, Hydration – Acupuncture is not advisable if you are famished or very dehydrated. Your energy or “qi” arrives to every needle. A good, general practice is to eat a small meal an hour or so before treatment, to give yourself energy to handle treatment.
Clothing – Please wear what is convenient for you, however access to the legs, arms and whole back is helpful. Loose clothing, shorts, tank top or bra are options, as is undressing privately in the treatment room and covering with a sheet.
Facial Acupuncture – For facial acupuncture, having a make-up free, clean face, and loose hair is recommended. Clean skin allows for quicker clean needle technique, and allows your skin to breathe. Loosened hair allows for best scalp massage.
After Acupuncture – Generally, after acupuncture, you should do what you feel like depending upon your energy. If you are energized by the treatment, go about your day. However, if you are worn down or over-tired in general, it is advisable to rest after treatment so that your body’s healing and repair response is maximized.
Patient Medical History Privacy
KBA follows HIPPA guidelines (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996). I will not share your personal medical information with any person or entity. With your explicit consent, however, I can be authorized by you to discuss your case with other medical professionals on your health care team.
Thank you for your time and attention, and be well!