First Session - your diagnosis and first treatment
Your first session will take up to an hour and a half, including a consultation session and a treatment.
Your consultation session will be undertaken socially distanced in the reception area until we move into the clinic itself where I will do any necessary examinations, pulse taking and treatment.
Following best practice guidance, patients who have identified in the pre screening questionnaire as government defined clinically vulnerable or clinically extremely vulnerable will be encouraged to undertake the first consultation by phone to reduce contact time as much as possible.
If you are taking any medications or have medical test results, please bring them with you to your first session.
All the information will help me develop a full traditional diagnosis of your main complaint and other underlying issues. I'm more than happy to share this with you.
Being 'Covid-Secure' means that I request you not to bring anyone with you to clinic unless necessary. I don't treat children under 12 years, but acupuncture works incredibly well for older children- they love it! All children under 16 are required to be accompanied by their parent or guardian.
Just so you know...there is a toilet!
A Typical Treatment
Treatment time in clinic is around 45 minutes, allowing 15 minutes to clean/disinfect the room between patients. I'll double check nothing has changed since you last attended, check your pulses and explain what I'm planning to focus on that day.
Once needles are in, you lie back and enjoy the lovely sensations of deep relaxation acupuncture provides. We check you're feeling good to go, then you pay and, if you wish, book your next appointment.
To reassure you I always explain where I'd like to treat beforehand and never spring any surprises - remember its YOUR body so, if there's anywhere you prefer me to avoid, it's absolutely fine to say so.
I might suggest other techniques such as moxibustion,
tui na, guasha or cupping if I think they'd help.
Acupuncture honestly doesn't hurt; nearly everyone enjoys treatment and looks forward to coming. My treatment room is clean, comfortable and relaxing; I don't wear a white coat and often enjoy a chat or a joke if it's appropriate. Many people tell me that they feel it's OK to discuss anything (which they can!) without judgement and the complete assurance that everything is held in the strictest confidence. I'm always happy to explain what I'm doing any why.