FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
How many Treatments will I need?
Frequency and length of treatment is completely individual, based on your condition. Following your initial consultation we will be able to give you an idea of how many treatments may be necessary, however we will have regular reviews, to ensure that we are making satisfactory progress. For most conditions it is recommended that weekly treatments are given for the first six weeks, however some patients feel the benefits much sooner. Ideally frequency of treatments will be gradually reduced over time, ensuring the benefits are still felt.
What happens when I attend a treatment?
During your initial appointment we will gain a thorough understanding of your main priority from treatment. We will assess how your bodies systems are working as a whole, by asking questions about your medical history, medications, sleep, emotions, diet and lifestyle. We then use key diagnostic tools such as tongue and pulse diagnosis, as well as palpation in muscular skeletal conditions. This helps us to develop an individualised treatment plan. We then review the treatment plan at the beginning of each appointment.
How many needles will I have and will it hurt?
The amount of needles and their location depends on the condition being treated. Fine, sterile, single use needles are inserted into acupuncture points, this is not usually painful, but some patients experience a slight aching sensation. These needles are not always placed in the location of the pain, for example to treat a headache, needles may inserted in the hand or foot. These needles are left in for 25 minutes, most patients find this time deeply relaxing. If you have a needle phobia please let your practitioner know, as this can be managed at your appointment.
What other treatments do you offer?
Whilst receiving acupuncture treatment your practitioner will let you know if they think an adjunct treatment would be beneficial. These treatments can be used alongside your acupuncture, in the same treatment:
Therapeutic Massage - Massage may be given before the acupuncture treatment where appropriate. Appointments for Therapeutic massage alone can be booked.
Cupping - Small cups are placed on the skin, to create a vacuum. These are then glided over the skin or left in a fixed location. This therapy aims to draw toxins and muscle waste out of the tissue and aid recovery in painful conditions.
Gua Sha - A Smooth tool is used on the skin to break down muscular tension.
Moxibustion - Moxibustion is the burning of a therapeutic herb, creating warmth. This can be applied by the practitioner to areas of the body or can be placed on top of the needle.
Heat Lamp - Heat can be applied to certain areas of the body for therapeutic benefit.