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What to expect: Acupuncture

What happens during a treatment?

Your first session will last longer (about 2 hours including treatment) than subsequent sessions as I will be gathering all the information necessary for a full health assessment.

A typical treatment will involve the insertion of very fine acupuncture needles into specific acupuncture points on the body. The needles may be inserted for a few seconds or left in place for several minutes. A common description of being needled is that of a "dull ache" or "tingling" sensation and can vary to each individual.

Your pulses will be felt frequently during your treatment to monitor the effect of the acupuncture so that your treatment may be adjusted as required. Where appropriate, dietary or lifestyle advice may be given to compliment and strengthen the effect of your acupuncture treatment.

How many treatments will I need?

Each person is unique, therefore each treatment plan is tailored to the specific needs of each patient. The frequency and length of treatment can vary, but as a very rough guide, most people will require treatment once a week at first, with each session lasting between 30-60 minutes. As your health returns, the frequency of your treatments can be reduced.

Different people respond to treatment in different ways. Some people are quick to respond to treatment and notice dramatic changes in their health, others notice more gradual changes and require treatment over several months. Some people feel the need to come for treatment only during stressful periods or simply for preventative maintenance.

There are frequent offers to help lower the cost of treatments. Also, ask about our referral scheme.

Should I inform my doctor?

If you are under the care of a doctor I would always recommend that you inform them about your plans to have acupuncture. In certain circumstances, the acupuncture treatment may enable you to reduce or even cease some forms of medication you may be taking. This should always be in conjunction with the guidance of your doctor. You should always tell me about any medication you are taking as this may affect your response to the acupuncture treatment.