Traditional acupuncture is part of Chinese medicine and has been practised for thousands of years in China. Today it is practised all around the world to treat many conditions >
Your First Acupuncture Treatment - FAQ's
What should I wear?
Loose trousers or a skirt allow easy access to the most commonly used acupuncture points on the lower legs, arms, abdomen, chest and back. There are acupuncture points all over the body so in some cases you will need to undress to your underwear.
Should I eat before my treatment?
Yes - please eat something light before treatment and avoid anything alcoholic.
Do I need to bring anything?
If you have had any medical tests recently please bring the results.
What do I need to tell you?
When you arrive you can tell me about your condition and I will ask lots of questions including some about your general health and lifestyle. I will look at your tongue, take your pulse on both wrists and may examine areas of pain, tension, numbness or weakness. This will give me a broad and thorough picture of what is going on and from there make a diagnosis and treatment plan.
How long is the consultation?
The consultation usually lasts around twenty minutes although in some cases an extended consultation is needed and treatment is given on the second visit. Anyone who is in pain will always receive treatment at their first appointment.
What happens in the acupuncture treatment?
Ultra fine, sterile acupuncture needles are gently inserted to stimulate specific acupuncture points. They will not necessarily be close to where you experience symptoms. For example, if you suffer from headaches needles might be inserted in your foot or hand. I generally use 8-12 needles which are left in for 20 minutes then removed.
I may also use:
- Moxa - warmth is applied to a particular point using a therapeutic herb
- Cupping - vacuum sealed glass cups are placed on the skin to stimulate points, help relieve muscle tension and open energy channels
- Shiatsu – Japanese therapeutic massage.
Will acupuncture hurt?
Usually when the needles are inserted there is no pain, sometimes there is a slight pricking, tingling or aching. These sensations are usually very brief and once the needles are in place most people feel very relaxed.
After your treatment
Most people feel calm and relaxed after acupuncture. You may feel a bit tired or sleepy so allow yourself time to absorb the benefits and avoid heavy exertion (such as running or going to the gym), large meals or very hot baths.
Other therapies such as physiotherapy and osteopathy can work well in combination with acupuncture however it is recommended that you allow at least a day between them and do not have such a treatment straight after your acupuncture session.
Follow-up appointments are 45 or 60 minutes depending on what you need. I will be able to advise at the end of your first session.
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