What to expect when you come for treatment
What happens when you come for treatment?
Your initial visit will take around an hour and a half and consists of a personal and medical consultation covering your family history, lifestyle, systems functions (eg. sleep, appetite) and full details of your current complaint/s and any test or investigations that you have had. You will also have the opportunity to discuss in complete confidence any concerns or troubles you may currently be dealing with. After your consultation I will carry out a number of short non-invasive physical diagnostic tests including blood pressure, temperature distribution and pulse taking. This is followed by your first treatment. Subsequent appointments take from three quarters of an hour to an hour, and include discussion of your progress and your treatment to date.
What does it feel like?
Many people ask if acupuncture is painful. The needles are small and flexible, and only about the size of a couple of human hairs, so it is not at all like having an injection! Some people report a slight dull ache at the acupuncture point, but any sensations are momentary. Most people find acupuncture relaxing, and can even feel quite sleepy afterwards initially. So try to arrange your first treatment on a day when you can rest when you get home.
Is it safe?
Acupuncture is one of the safest medical treatments currently on offer in the UK, in fact in 2001 a large study concluded that the risk of serious adverse reaction to acupuncture is less than 1 in 10,000. Any minor side effects that do occur, such as dizziness or bruising around needle points, are infrequent, mild and self-correcting. To see more information regarding the safety of acupuncture please visit the British Acupuncture Council’s website.