If you’re considering trying IV therapy for the first time, it’s normal to feel a little apprehensive about what to expect. IV therapy involves injecting fluid and nutrients directly into your bloodstream, which is different than just swallowing a vitamin. But there’s no need to be nervous. When administered by professionals, IV therapy is very safe and comfortable. This walk-through will familiarize you with the basics of what your first IV therapy experience will be like.

A Comfortable Setting

Unlike hospitals, IV therapy clinics aim to create a relaxing, spa-like environment. Expect a nicely decorated lounge or private room with comfortable reclining chairs or beds. Many clinics play soft music and provide warm blankets. The goal is to make you feel peaceful and pampered throughout your treatment. Don’t expect a sterile, clinical setting. IV therapy is designed to be soothing.

A Brief Consultation

Before getting hooked up to an IV, you’ll meet with a clinician for a quick consultation. This is a chance to explain your health goals and ask any remaining questions. The clinician will take your medical history, verify you’re a good candidate, recommend appropriate vitamin mixtures, and describe what you’ll experience during the IV. Speaking with the clinician upfront will make you feel informed and at ease.

Inserting the IV Line

Inserting the IV catheter into a vein on your hand or arm takes only seconds and is minimally painful. Clinicians are highly trained to make this as quick and comfortable as possible. Most people describe it as a mild stinging sensation that passes quickly. Once the tiny catheter is in the vein, you won’t feel anything. The vitamins and fluids flow directly into your bloodstream, bypassing your digestive system completely.

Relaxing During the Session

Once the IV line is securely in your vein, you can relax in your recliner while the therapy drips. Sessions typically last 30 to 60 minutes, depending on what’s being administered. Many people read, watch TV, or even nap during sessions. Clinicians monitor you periodically to make sure you’re comfortable. Aside from the quick IV insertion, most patients report IV therapy feels entirely relaxing.

Nutrient Absorption Advantage

According to Atlas Health Medical Group, IV therapy is the fastest way to deliver nutrients throughout the body. It bypasses the digestive system and goes directly into the organs, resulting in a 90% to 100% absorption rate, as opposed to a 20% to 50% oral absorption rate. So you get significantly more benefits from the vitamins and minerals administered through your veins. It’s like directly fueling your cells.

Minimal Aftercare Needed

Once your session wraps up, the clinician removes the catheter and simply places a small bandage over the injection site. You may have a bruise or tiny red dot for a day or so where the IV entered, but nothing major. You can resume normal activities right away with no recovery needed. Best of all, you get to enjoy the benefits of all those nutrients quickly absorbed into your system.

Staff Attentiveness is Key

Any discomfort you may feel will likely stem from nerves rather than physical pain. That’s why many clinics have you fill out paperwork ahead of time so you’re not anxious during the actual visit. The friendlier and more attentive the staff, the more relaxed you’ll feel. Look for clinics that go above and beyond to provide an accommodating experience. The right staff makes a big difference.

Customized Nutrient Blends

One major advantage of IV therapy is customization based on your unique needs. Clinicians can mix targeted blends of vitamins, antioxidants, amino acids, and other nutrients tailored to your health goals. Whether you want help with exhaustion, immunity, skin clarity, aging, or athletic performance, your IV blend can be specially formulated. There are many combinations to provide the specific benefits you seek. Don’t settle for one-size-fits-all.

While getting nutrients injected into your veins sounds intense, experienced IV clinics make the process very easy and stress-free. Aside from a quick stick to insert the IV, you’ll be able to relax and likely enjoy your first experience. The benefits of all those vitamins and minerals going directly into your bloodstream are well worth it. Don’t let fear of the unknown stop you from trying IV therapy. If you’re ready to try IV therapy, call us to schedule your first appointment.