What happens during treatment?
Your initial consultation will last one hour or a little longer if necessary. During this time I will take a full medical history including information on your diet and lifestyle. I will have a look at your tongue and take your pulse, which may seem strange but helps me to get a better picture of your health. According to your individual needs I will needle specific points on your body and the needles will be left in for 20 to 30 minutes whilst you relax. A lot of people worry that acupuncture will hurt but the needles are very fine and at most you may feel a slight ache or tingling sensation. All the needles I use are single use, sterile, disposable needles.
Each follow up appointment will last 45 minutes. This gives plenty of time for you to discuss how you are feeling before your needles are put in.
How many sessions will I need?
The frequency and number of sessions depends upon your individual condition. I will normally ask to see you weekly at first. This may then spread out to every two weeks or monthly. At your first appointment I will discuss with you how often I feel you should come and we can agree a treatment plan. Many patients like to continue having acupuncture as a maintenance treatment and I am happy to see you if and when you feel the need if this is the case.