What should I wear to an acupuncture session?
Florian Boschi (Beverly Hills, CA) on Aug 9, 2012
Wear light pants that can be rolled up above the knees and a short-sleeved shirt. Don't wear skirts, dresses or hose. Acupuncturists will often provide hospital-like gowns to ensure access to the back. Make sure to drink lots of water and have some food in your belly.
Alma Myers (North Hollywood, CA) on Aug 9, 2012
I recommend wearing comfortable, loose-fitting clothing that allows easy adjustment for accessing necessary parts of your body during the treatment, like sweats, shorts, yoga pants, tee shirt, or bikini tops. Do not wear sports bras, as they restrict access to the back. Some places offer gowns that open in the back or front or drape you with a sheet.
Jungkyo Park (Los Angeles, CA) on Aug 9, 2012
Loose and comfortable clothing, if possible.
Leah Karpelson (Newton Highlands, MA) on Aug 9, 2012
The best outfit to wear to an acupuncture session is a loose one. Pants are are easy to roll or pull up to right above your knees are key, as well as a shirt that is easy to get above your elbows. You will most likely be taking off your shoes and socks, so shoes that are easy to slip off will help as well.
Nilsa Compton (Charleston, SC) on Aug 9, 2012
Wear loosely fitted, comfortable, long-sleeved clothing to the session.
Sung C. Cho (Torrance, CA) on Aug 9, 2012
Comfortable clothes are preferred. The points used for acupuncture treatment are located throughout the body, from head to toe.
Donna Cain (New Canaan, CT) on Aug 9, 2012
For many treatments acupuncture points are located on the hands, arms, legs and feet of an individual. There are times (especially when dealing with neck or back pain) that the points are on the back of the torso. The best general advice for what to wear is wear loose comfortable clothes. Most acupuncture points can be accessed without disrobing. There are times when other points on the torso should be used. In my clinic, we provide hospital gowns for people to wear if that is the case.
Jacklin Arastouzadeh (Beverly Hills, CA) on Aug 9, 2012
Comfortable clothing is recommended.
Ed Alvarez (Chicago, IL) on Aug 9, 2012
Dress comfortably. Acupuncture needles are usually placed near joint areas, such as the ankles, knees, wrists, and elbows. Wear little jewelry, since it would have to be taken off, have a hair tie just in case. A bra that could be easily undone in the back would help if the needles would have to be place between the scapula.
Andy Ly (Sterling Heights, MI) on Aug 9, 2012
Comfortable and preferably shorts and a short-sleeved shirt.
Brigita Slekys (Santa Monica, CA) on Aug 9, 2012
You should wear loose clothing, like yoga pants and a tank top, that will permit access to your problem areas. The acupuncturist will usually have a gown, or cover you under some sheets, so that you can take your shirt or pants off and still be covered up.
Monica Roslow (Red Hook, NY) on Aug 9, 2012
You should wear loose, comfortable clothing. There are times when it is necessary for you to change into a robe or hospital gown.
Crystal Dmytryk (New York, NY) on Aug 9, 2012
Loose comfortable clothing that can be rolled up past your knees and elbows.
Dale Tope (Pflugerville, TX) on Aug 9, 2012
The best thing to wear would be shorts or loose fitting trousers. If the acupuncturist needs to treat the back, a hospital-style gown will be provided. The acupuncturist will only expose the area being treated, and will ensure that the patient is properly draped to ensure privacy and dignity.
Nanette Hale (Albuquerque, NM) on Aug 9, 2012
Wear loose clothing, or bring a pair of shorts to the treatment in case the practitioner needs to access points above the knees.
Jennifer Aubert (San Francisco, CA) on Aug 9, 2012
I instruct my patients to wear clothing that can easily be moved - pants that can roll up to expose the knees and shirts that can roll up beyond the elbow. If you are not coming from work or another engagement, wearing loose clothes like shorts, yoga pants and t-shirts makes our job that much easier.
Kim Vandeveer (Rohnert Park, CA) on Aug 9, 2012
Wear something comfortable and loose.
Katalin Csoka (Mission Viejo, CA) on Aug 9, 2012
Choose comfortable, loose clothing, and make sure that your elbows and knees are accessible.
Richard Ki (Orange, CA) on Aug 9, 2012
It depends on which techniques your acupuncturist plans to use. Some only needle extremities, while others needle the torso.
Lisa Nicholson (San Diego, CA) on Aug 9, 2012
You should wear loose, comfortable clothing. The most commonly used acupuncture points are on the lower legs and arms, back, and abdomen, so pants with legs loose enough to roll up to the knee are helpful.
Linda Phelps (Seattle, WA) on Aug 9, 2012
Wear loose, comfortable clothes. In my community clinic where several patients are treated in one big room, clients remain dressed and recline in an armchair. I would ask you to remove your shoes and socks, roll up your pants to expose your legs from the knees down, and roll up your sleeves to expose your arms from the elbows down. In a non-community clinic, you would be asked to remove most of your clothes, put on a hospital-type gown, and lie on a treatment table. Here is more information about what to expect and how to plan for your first visit: http://www.communityacupunctureseattle.com/acu.php#FirstVisit
Alan Sunbeam (Ukiah, CA) on Aug 9, 2012
loose clothing so that the practitioner can have easy access esp. to arms to your elbows, legs to your knees!
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Michael Moy (Willowbrook, IL) on Aug 9, 2012
client can wear comfortable and loose clothes. we also provide hospital gowns in the clinic.
Andrew Rader (Lagunitas, CA) on Aug 9, 2012
Ideally loose fitting clothes. If the sleeves can be pushed up to the elbows and pants moved up to the knees comfortably, then that is best. I use points mostly below the elbows and knees, so if the clothes are loose, they don't have to be removed. Ask your acupuncturist what they prefer.
Ellen Goldsmith (Portland, OR) on Aug 9, 2012
You can wear comfortable clothing. It is best if your pants are stretchy and can be pulled easily above the knee so as not to constrict your leg. Your top also needs to be comfortable. If you are a woman a tank top under your shirt can be helpful, especially if your acupuncturist wants to do any points around your shoulder or neck. Some acupuncturists will have you disrobe, leaving your underwear on, and then will drape you appropriately so that you are covered. They do this if they are doing a lot of points along your back shu points, the points along your spine. If you are uncomfortable with disrobing speak to your acupuncturist and they will be able to make appropriate adjustments.
Elizabeth Stephenson (Daytona Beach, FL) on Aug 9, 2012
It is important to wear loose and comfortable clothing to an acupuncture session. If you can avoid wearing a belt, do so. If not, be prepared to loosen or remove it. Check your pant legs. Can your trousers be easily pushed up to the knees? If not, you may be required to remove them. If your back and spine are your problem areas, you will probably be asked to remove your shirt and wear a gown with an open back for easier access. If sciatica is a problem, you may need to take your pants off. Where do you have pain? Painful areas will need to be exposed for treatment. If you are seeking acupuncture for something other than pain, such as infertility or stress, just wear something loose and comfortable. Tight waistbands, wrist bands or thick elastic underwear can keep you from relaxing.
Nicole Garcia (Fort Lauderdale, FL) on Aug 9, 2012
You should wear loose clothes that provide easy access to the legs and arms. Also, if there is a specific area of injury that needs attention, make sure that this area is easily accessible. Most acupuncturists will have gowns available if areas such as the back or buttock need treatment. An important part of TCM diagnosis is pulse taking at the wrist, so you may be asked to remove any watch or bracelets you are wearing. You will also, most likely, be asked to remove your shoes and socks for treatment.
Amy FitzPatrick (New York, NY) on Aug 9, 2012
During an acupuncture session you can often leave most of your clothes on. But it is very helpful if you wear loose-fitting clothes (such as sweats) that can be rolled up above the knee or rolled down to expose the abdomen. The top should be baggy. Bear in mind you will be lying on a table for about 30 minutes, so you want to be comfortable.
Beth Theodore (Redondo Beach, CA) on Aug 9, 2012
I would recommend speaking to the acupuncturist personally as each practitioner has her own style of treatment. Some only needle the extremities and/or ears so loose clothing should be adequate. Some will have you change into a gown, while others may drape you with a blanket or towel.
Jody Eisemann (Norwalk, CT) on Aug 9, 2012
What to wear for an acupuncture session really depends on the practitioner. It is best to ask them directly. Generally it is recommended that patients wear loose-fitting clothes that can be easily pushed up above the elbows and knees. Tights, skinny jeans and leotards are not recommended, as they prevent easy access to various parts of the body.
Ta-Li Chang (La Habra, CA) on Aug 9, 2012
Wear something comfortable and loose, like sweats or shorts. I suggest to my patients that they bring the clothing they want to wear with them to the treatment and change in my office.
Paul Kempisty (New York, NY) on Aug 9, 2012
There are no strict rules on acupuncture attire. Many patients simply come in wearing their ordinary street clothes from whatever they have been doing on the same day. If clothing is loose enough to easily adjust, it can often be left on during some treatments. If clothing is tight or acupuncture points are chosen in certain areas, patients are given gowns or towels to wear.
Cari Cater (Smyrna, GA) on Aug 9, 2012
It is best to wear comfortable clothes. Sleeves and pant legs that roll up easily are a good bet! You can always bring a tank top and shorts to change into if you would like to, but this is often not necessary.
Chester Dickerson (Austin, TX) on Aug 9, 2012
Loose clothing is best to wear, since there are many points on the lower leg that are used in acupuncture. Many acupuncturists also have hospital gowns for clients to wear.
Sharon Rose (Portland, OR) on Aug 9, 2012
It depends on what type of acupuncture you are getting. In a community setting, they will only need access to your ears, wrists, and ankles. Short sleeves or loose clothes that be pulled back are most helpful. In a private setting like my clinic, most patients undress and get under the sheets, so what they wear to the clinic doesn't really matter.
Mindy Boxer (Santa Monica, CA) on Aug 9, 2012
Most acupuncturists will have you wear your underwear and will provide you with a gown, or cover you with a towel.
Chantal Davis (San Diego, CA) on Aug 9, 2012
Loose, comfortable clothing is the best thing to wear to an acupuncture treatment. Be prepared to remove some articles of clothing in order for certain areas, such as the back or hips, to be reached.
Steve Snyder (Portland, OR) on Aug 9, 2012
It is helpful to wear loose clothing to an acupuncture session.
Jason Bussell (Wilmette, IL) on Aug 9, 2012
This is a question that different practitioners will answer differently. Most acupuncturists will have gowns available for patients to change into if the clothing they are wearing is not appropriate. In my practice, I generally needle points below the knees and elbows, so loose-fitting clothing allows for easy access. But some practitioners do a lot of work with points on the back and need their patients to remove clothes. So I suggest you call the office and ask what the practitioner recommends.
George Engelhard (Orlando, FL) on Aug 9, 2012
Gym shorts and, for women, a bathing suit.
Aram Akopyan (Glendale, CA) on Aug 9, 2012
Wear comfortable, loose clothing. Depending on the treatment, you may have to disrobe. Most acupuncturists will provide gowns in the event you need to disrobe. Or they might ask you to bring a change of clothes.
Angelica Drum (El Dorado Hills, CA) on Aug 9, 2012
To best prepare for you treatment with your acupuncturist, wear loose-fitting but comfortable clothing. You should be prepared to take your socks and shoes off. Consider wearing loose pants, as your pants may be lowered so your acupuncturist can access points on the lower abdomen or lower back.
Carlos Chapa (Mesquite, TX) on Jan 7, 2013
Something comfortable is best! Avoid tight clothes, jeans, etc. I recommend yoga pants, etc.