Questions about Acupucture
What will my first session be like?
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Will I have to get undressed to have a treatment?
If you wear loose clothing to your appointment it will be possible for me to access all acupuncture points without you having to undress. I provide lots of blankets to ensure you are covered up and warm!
How often will I need treatment and how many treatments will I need in total?
Every patient has different needs therefore there is no set treatment plan. As a rule of thumb, I would initially like to see you once a week for four weeks. After these four treatments I will review your treatment plan and adjust it accordingly – often decreasing the treatments to two treatments per month. A course of treatment generally lasts for 3 months.
What does having Acupuncture feel like?
Acupuncture is rarely uncomfortable. You do feel the needles being inserted, which can feel like a little pinch, but it does not hurt. Once in place I will gently stimulate the needles which produces a mild tingling sensation. After this I will leave you to relax with the needles for half an hour – at which point you will not feel the needles at all. Most patients fall asleep! It is very relaxing.
Are there any unpleasant side effects?
Acupuncture has virtually no unpleasant side effects. Any that do occur are mild and self-correcting. Occasionally there may be minor bruising at the needle point or a short-term flare-up of your symptoms as your energy clears and resettles.
Shall I continue to take my prescribed medicine whilst having acupuncture?
Yes. Please do not stop taking any medication without professional medical guidance. You should always consult your doctor regarding any change of prescription
Can Acupuncture cause any harm?
The likelihood of acupuncture causing harm is very low as long as you are treated by a competent, certified acupuncture practitioner using sterile needles. I am a member of the British Acupuncture Council and therefore abide by their strict code of conduct. I have completed over 7 years of training and been in practice for 6 years.