Your first appointment will typically last approximately 90 minutes (follow up treatments last an hour) and will consist of a thorough consultation. If it is your very first experience of acupuncture, time will be dedicated to explaining what will happen in order to ensure your complete comfort and relaxation.
A full understanding of a person’s general health and lifestyle is required for optimal treatment. Therefore details of the main complaint will be taken in great depth and questions will be asked about medical history and factors such as sleeping patterns, appetite, digestion and emotional wellbeing. Some questions may seem unrelated to the main complaint, however it builds a complete picture for an accurate diagnosis in Chinese Medicine. Where necessary, a physical examination will be performed.
Fine, single-use, pre-sterilised, disposable needles are used at specific acupuncture points on the body to stimulate energy.
Because many acupuncture points are located on the lower arms and legs, it is helpful to wear clothing that allows easy access to these areas.
Other Chinese Medicine techniques may be used such as:
Most people find acupuncture relaxing and often feel very calm after a treatment. It is possible to feel a little tired or sleepy, therefore it is best to refrain, after treatment, from anything too demanding. Advice may be given regarding lifestyle. Where necessary, referral to other healthcare practitioners for specialist care may be suggested.
If you have any questions or would like to discuss anything about acupuncture before making an appointment, please feel free to contact me on 07775 122754 or email me at
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