Frequently Asked Questions
Does Acupuncture Hurt?
The patient will hardly (if at all) feel the initial insertion through the superficial layer of skin. Thereafter, what may be felt, is a travelling current / stimulation almost like a vibration in the area being treated, along the meridian or surrounding it. Some patients describe this as a nervy / tingling / achy sensation. It is not painful just different.
What Does Acupuncture treat?
This question is a bit like asking 'how long is a piece of string'. Because of the holistic nature of Acupuncture we look at the root cause of a patients condition and treat accordingly. Therefore Acupuncture can be said to treat most conditions, it is ALWAYS worth trying acupuncture before seeking more aggressive invasive treatments.
How Many Acupuncture Treatments will I need?
Acupuncture is cumulative and everyone responds differently, therefore, it depends on the initial complaint and how severe it is, as a general guide you may need 6 -10 appointments, broken down as follows:
2 x week first 2 -3 weeks;
1 x week for the remainder of the initial course.
Thereafter a review will take place to check progress. If progress is well underway and the symptoms have cleared we will move onto monthly tune-up treatments in order to keep the system balanced.
What will my first Acupuncture treatment be like?
New Patient Consultations last anything from 60 - 90 minutes. I will take a full medical and life history and a breakdown of the complaint / condition. Once a full history has been taken, a tongue and pulse diagnosis will also be established I do this be feeling your pulses and looking at your tongue (keeping your mouth nice and wide and tongue stuck out fully is best). I will then formulate a treatment plan from the information gathered and proceed with treatment. The initial needling does not take very long at all, how many needles will depend on your diagnosis.
In the case of nervousness surrounding needles, we will usually use breathing techniques on needle insertion I will be watching you and working with you at a speed that is comfortable for you and If at any time you want me to stop you need only say STOP.
Once all the needles have been inserted in the relevant acupuncture point, they are retained for a period of 15 - 20 minutes. During this time the patient relaxes on the treatment couch whilst listening to soothing music. Most patients fall asleep at this point! After the retention period the needles are removed and disposed of in a sharps bin. The patient is then free to move and get dressed if necessary.
What does Therapeutic Massage involve?
The therapeutic massage is a full body massage (LEGS, BACK, NECK, SHOULDERS, ARMS), utilizing swedish massage techniques and is ideal for working out tension, relaxation and stress relief. The treatment lasts 60 minutes in total including 10 minutes for paperwork, dressing and undressing.
Does Cupping Hurt?
No, cupping does not hurt. The cup forms a vacuum which suctions the area of tension, fascia and skin into the cup (the amount of suction is controlled by the practitioner). The cups can be moved along large areas of tension in a gliding motion and then placed in strategically placed areas of tension (usually over an acupuncture point location) to encourage blood flow and release of tension.