What to expect during a treatment
During your first treatment, you will be asked a number of questions which relate to general health, wellbeing and existing symptoms. The responses given help to inform an initial diagnosis and treatment plan.
Body diagnosis will involve looking at the tongue, feeling the pulse and palpation (pressing certain areas of the body). The intention behind this is to gather further information related to making a diagnosis. It is also an example of what makes acupuncture a holistic form of medicine, an acupuncturist will use all of the body as a diagnostic tool.
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Treatment will consist of placing a number of very fine needles in specific areas on the body, these will be left for 20 minutes during which time you are invited to rest and relax. It is common to have sensations such as a dull ache, or tingling, this is a perfectly natural response. Some areas of the body may be more sensitive than others. People that experience acupuncture for the 1st time are often surprised at how calming it feels.
Other methods such as cupping or Moxa may be used, if so these will be explained further at the time.Your wellbeing, comfort and safety will be of upmost importance from start to finish of the treatment.
If possible it is good to take some time out and relax. It is best to abstain from strenuous physical activity or taking hot baths as this can reduce the benefits felt.
How many treatments are required?
This can vary depending on many factors. In general acute conditions by nature tend to flare up and with a little support can reduce and disappear. Longer term and more chronic conditions may take time whilst we work together to re-establish general health and treat the underlying causative factors present, also known as the root.
For some regular acupuncture sessions are a way of managing the symptoms of a longer term and more chronic health condition. In such cases acupuncture may help promote the body’s natural healing response, increase strength and reduce the need for strong medications or otherwise be beneficial in reducing their side effects and related symptoms.