Patient Informed Consent

In order to receive Wellness services at Fair Skies Acupuncture, new patients are asked to fill out a personal medical history and sign consent to treatment. Accurate information helps us understand and appreciate your body and your experience. As with any medical or physical therapy, it is important for the patient to be informed of possible risks.

Physical medicine generally serves to increase or optimize circulation and natural health, and decrease pain and disease. Every person is unique in their genetics, lifestyle, physiological condition and self-healing potential. Therefore, individual treatment and treatment results may vary. One person may feel better after one treatment, while another person may feel sore and have a slower healing response.

Optimal results occur with multiple visits, similar to Physical Therapy. At the beginning of addressing an ailment or goal, acupuncture is most effective once a week, with gradual improvement and spacing out to every 2-6 weeks for wellness maintenance.

To maximize healing results, rest or light activity is strongly recommended after treatment.

Stephanie Southard LAc. Dipl. NCCAOM is nationally certified in Clean Needle Technique, and receives regular continuing education.

General Risks

There are inherent risks in Acupuncture, though the documented incidences of any negative effect are very low. The most common risks of Acupuncture are dizziness, fainting, bleeding or bruising at the needle site (documented occurrence less than 4%). Though acupuncture is gentle, and bleeding is rare, please inform the practitioner if you have problems with bleeding or clotting, or take any blood-thinning medication. Traditional techniques can be very helpful for a chief complaint. Therapeutically bleeding a point of a couple drops of blood can effectively clear heat, inflammation, and stagnation, and stimulate fresh blood production.

The most serious documented adverse effect is a pneumothorax, which is a breach of 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.



General Recommendations

Food, HydrationAcupuncture is not advisable if you are famished or dehydrated. Your energy or "qi" needs to arrive at every needle. A good, general practice is to eat a small meal an hour or so before treatment, to give yourself the energy to use in treatment.

Clothing: Please wear what is convenient for you, however access to the lower legs and arms is very helpful. Suggestions are Loose clothing, shorts or tank top. For the back or the hip, access to the whole back or hips is helpful; additional options are undressing privately in the treatment room to bra and underwear and covering with a sheet or towel.

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, you should do what you feel like, depending upon your energy. If you feel energized by the treatment, go about your day, taking it a bit easy, watching your posture, feeling the changes. Avoid lifting heavy things or straining your relaxed muscles. If you are worn down or tired in general, it is strongly advised to rest after treatment so that your body's immune system can focus maximum energy on a healthy and strong self-healing response.

Patient Medical History Privacy

We follow HIPPA guidelines (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996) and will not share your personal medical information with any person or entity.  With your explicit consent, however, we can be authorized by you to discuss your case with other medical professionals on your health care team.

For Facial Rejuvenation 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. Some patients use make-up coverage for the week; I encourage using natural products on the skin. If possible, avoid caffeine before treatment, which lowers our natural pain-anesthetic ability. Rest or light activity is strongly advised before, and after, treatment. Stress heightens sensitivity during the treatment and compromises the healing response afterward. Please also read the FRA page.

With Manual Bodywork, Moxa, Cupping, Guasha, and any physical bodywork, side effects such as dizziness, fainting, bleeding, bruising, skin irritation, burns, strain or injury are possible. Petechiae (skin redness) or "sha" may occur and are part of a normal therapeutic response. I use table warmer, infrared heat lamps, stick or lose moxa, hot towels and stones, glass fire cupping, massage oils, and essential oils.

Thank you for your time and attention, and be well!