First Session - making a diagnosis
Most first appointments incorporate a diagnosis session as well as treatment, so they are longer than a normal appointment - around an hour and a half. After obtaining your consent and answering any questions, we discuss your main complaint and other areas of your health before I take your pulses and have a quick look at your tongue.
Acupuncture honestly doesn't hurt! Most people enjoy their treatments and look forward to coming. To help patients relax, I've done my best to make 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 and why.
All patients are welcome to bring a companion with them during treatment. I don't treat children under 12 years, but acupuncture works incredibly well for older children- they seem to 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
Normal treatments last about an hour. After a chat to see how you're getting on, I'll check your pulses before explaining what I'm planning to focus on that day and where the needles will be going. I'll check you're warm and comfortable, then you relax back and enjoy the sensations around your body. 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 sometimes suggest other techniques such as moxibustion, tui na, guasha or cupping if I think they'd help.