Frequently Asked Questions

Is acupuncture painful?
NO, the needles that I use are extremely fine and most patients do not feel them being inserted. A slight dull ache or a tingling sensation at the needle site is commonly described and this usually settles down within minutes. If at any time a needle feels uncomfortable I will rearrange it or take it out. There is no need for you to be uncomfortable during your treatment. Most patients experience a sense of deep relaxation and often fall asleep during their healing journey.  For the needle shy I am happy to demonstrate how painless it is for insertion and there are other alternatives that can be used.
What other treatments do you do?
Other modalities that may be used during your treatments are: Traditional Chinese Cupping therapy Gua Sha Heat therapy – heat lamp and Moxibustion Electro-acupuncture and laser acupuncture Aromatherpy, reflexology and massage All of the above modalities are included in the treatment price.
Do I have to undress for my treatment?
NO, it is advised that you wear loose fitting clothing for your appointments so that clothes can be left on during treatment as the most common acupuncture points used are found the arms and legs. On occasions clothing may need to be removed to access different points but warm soft towels are provided and a room divider is in situ for your privacy.
How long is my treatment?
After your initial consultation of 60-90 minutes, subsequent appointments will last between 45-60 minutes. We will always have a mini consultation prior to treatment to discuss any changes etc. The needles will be left in for 20-45 minutes and during this time you will be left to relax on my warmed treatment couch with dimmed lighting and low level relaxing music to create a serene atmosphere whilst you are on your self-healing journey. I will remain in the treatment room with you at all times should you need me and I will sit behind a room divider to respect your privacy.
How often do I need to come for treatments?
Acupuncture treats both your presenting signs and symptoms and the underlying root of any illness and each individual responds differently to treatment but commonly results can be seen between treatments 4-8 given on a weekly basis then maintenance treatments are generally planned and spaced out accordingly.
Do I have to have an illness to have treatment?
Absolutely not. Traditionally acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine was used as a preventative medicine so not to become ill and many of my patients have regular fortnightly/monthly/6 weekly treatments as part of their healthcare regime. For these patients I offer block booking special rate packages.
Is there an age limit for having acupuncture?
No acupuncture can be safely given to anyone of any age – even babies.

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