What treatment involves
The initial acupuncture consultation involves a full diagnosis and your first treatment which takes around 1 hour; follow-up appointments take 45-60 minutes. The number and frequency of treatments advised varies depending on the duration and severity of your illness or injury; we discuss this in the consultation.
During acupuncture treatment, ‘hair-fine’, single-use, pre-sterilised, disposable needles are inserted into your skin. Gentle manipulation at specific points stimulates your body’s natural healing response and helps return it to a more balanced state. Following needle insertion you may feel a brief dull ache or tingling; this can sometimes be a strong sensation but normally disappears quickly. Electro- and ear acupuncture, cupping and moxibustion may also be used, please ask for more details.
Cupping & Guasha
I also offer 30 minute Cupping and Guasha treatments on the back and neck to help you relax and relieve muscle tension. This treatment creates micro-trauma which appears as bruising and resolves in 3-5 days, sometimes longer.
Symptoms other than the main complaint including your general feeling of wellbeing often lessen as a by product of acupuncture treatment
Treatment can help lessen side effects of medications
You may feel more relaxed and be able to deal with stressful situations better because acupuncture can stimulate the release of endorphins
Treatment sessions allow you time to yourself to relax and unwind
Everything discussed is confidential
Referrals to other healthcare practitioners can give you additional resources
If you wish us to correspond with you GP to help with continuity of care then please ask your practitioner