Paying attention and listening to your story
What to expect from treatment
Initial Consultation and First Treatment
Your initial visit will take between 1.5 to 2 hours and consists of a personal and medical consultation covering your family history, lifestyle, systems functions (e.g. 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 and respect any concerns or emotional traumas you may currently be dealing with. After your consultation, I will carry out a number of short physical diagnostic tests including blood pressure, temperature distribution, checking your tongue and pulse taking. In most cases, aside from the most complex, this is then followed by your first treatment. Subsequent appointments take up to one hour, and include discussion of your progress and your treatment to date.
Treatment Process and What It Feels Like
Many patients are concerned that acupuncture maybe painful but as the needles are flexible and about as thick as two human hairs there is usually only a very slight sensation as it enters the skin. Sometimes patients also feel a dull ache on the acupuncture point but this also only lasts for a few seconds and is generally not considered to be uncomfortable. Many find acupuncture relaxing and feel very calm during and after a treatment; you may also feel a little tired or sleepy so if possible, try to arrange a relatively restful and quiet day, especially after your first treatment.
Following treatments will last from 45 minutes to one hour and your progress will be discussed at each visit. It is usually most beneficial to undertake 4-6 sessions at weekly intervals depending on how you respond to treatment. After this time, treatment intervals can begin to be more widely spaced out, eventually to point where you come once at around the change of season for a ‘tune-up’ that acts as a preventative measure. Treatments are cumulative and build on each other to help with your main complaint and overall well-being.