Coming for a Treatment

Before We Meet

We’ll discuss the background to your problem either by phone or email, and I’ll give you an idea of whether acupuncture could help. If you decide to go ahead, we’ll make the first appointment.

First Session – 30 Minutes

1. I find out about you and your medical history. Your lifestyle, job and any other medical conditions can all influence the problem that you come to me with, and may affect the way I treat you. I’ll also need to check whether you are taking any medicines, whether on prescription or not.

Wear loose, comfortable clothes that can be rolled up. If your problem is with your neck, then a vest top makes life easier.

2. I examine you, in order to make a diagnosis and decide on the appropriate treatment. I will also check whether there are any serious underlying problems that need to be treated by other means. If I do find anything, I can write to your GP to start things moving.
Assuming there’s no reason not to go ahead, I’ll then explain how I plan to treat you and what you can expect.

3. I give you a very gentle treatment, to see how you respond. I use only sterile, single-use needles, so there is no risk of infection. The needling may be done with you sitting in a chair or lying on the couch, depending on where the needles have to go.

4. If the problem is muscle-related, I may give you exercises to do at home.

Subsequent sessions – typically 20 to 30 minutes

Assuming you’ve had no significant side effects and your condition hasn’t got worse, I will gradually increase the ‘dose’ of acupuncture over the next few sessions, checking your response as we go. I may give you more exercises to do as the treatment starts to take effect.

After a Session

The area needled may ache slightly for 18-48 hours, and can occasionally bruise.

You may feel slightly drowsy or light headed after a treatment (particularly the first treatment). If you are new to acupuncture – or if you have had it before and know you have a strong response – then it’s best not to plan to drive immediately after the first appointment. Side effects like this are less likely if you have eaten recently.

It’s very rare, but you may feel faint for a few minutes. Please tell me if this happens.
You may find your symptoms get worse. If caused by the acupuncture, this will only be temporary and is usually a good sign.

You may, on the other hand, feel very relaxed with a deeper sense of well-being.

Course of Treatment

A course of acupuncture is typically about six sessions long. If your condition improves, then this is usually the point at which we’ve done enough to sustain the improvement, at least for a while. If your condition hasn’t improved significantly after six sessions, then acupuncture probably isn’t the answer for you.
Treatments start with weekly sessions, but the interval can extend to fortnightly or longer as a course progresses. Some conditions might need “top up” treatments every 3-6 months.

To learn more about how acupuncture could help you, please contact me