If you’re new to acupuncture, it can be a daunting experience, especially if you don’t know what to expect. Here’s a little rundown of what you can look forward to…
Although everyone will experience acupuncture differently, many patients find it a very relaxing experience. The needles used are very fine and most patients don’t even feel the needles being inserted at all. Sometimes you might feel other sensations such as warmth or tingling around a needles, but in general people feel very comfortable during a treatment session.
Ever wondered what happens during a session?
A couple of common questions for first-timers are “Does it hurt?” and “Is it safe?”
Needles are all sterile and single use, and precautions are taken to minimise the risk of any infection. Acupuncture treatments can have some side effects but these are generally very mild. The risk of more severe events occurring are exceedingly rare (less than 1 in 10,000*) and rest assured your health and safety is of paramount concern to me as a practitioner, and I hope to make your treatments as memorable as possible, and only for the best reasons!
After treatment and future visits
Acupuncture treatments have a cumulative effect, and at the end of the session we’ll discuss what kind of ongoing treatment you might need, depending on your individual condition. Normally I would see patients on a weekly basis, but sometimes twice a week if the problem is quite severe. You may start to feel benefits after the first or second treatment although long-standing and chronic conditions usually need more time to improve. Once your health has stabilised you may need top-up treatments every few weeks. Acupuncture is also very effective when used as preventive healthcare and many people like to go for a ‘returning’ session at the change of each season throughout the year.