Acupuncture is a comprehensive medical system that dates back nearly 2 thousand years and encompasses its own diagnostic methods.
A positive model of healing, acupuncture sees pain and illness as a sign that the body is out of balance. This aim of acupuncture is to restore that balance and bring the body back to equilibrium. physical, mental and emotional aspects of a person are interdependent and a typical treatment will take the whole person into consideration. This meants that two people with the same diagnosis received from their GP are likely to receive different acupuncture treatments.
Specfic acupuncture points are chosen in relation to your symptoms and medical diagnosis. Fine, sterile needles are inserted into the acupouncture point to stimulate a positive and natural chemical response the body into balance.
Each treatment is individualised for each patient.
During your first visit a note of your medical history will be taken as well as details of your current health and the reason you sought acupuncture.
Your pulse will be taken, but do be patient, a Chinese medicine pulse is different to the one you will be used to the doctor taking, it provides insight as to how you vital organs are functioning and suggests where the focus should be directed.
Don’t be surprised if you are asked to show your tongue as this too is used to gather further information.
A Treatment plan will be discussed with you at the end of your treatment and you will be able to book your follow up appointment.
Lifestyle and/or dietary advice may be given in line with Traditional Chinese Medicine.
You will be made comfortable on the treatment couch and ultra fine needles will be inserted into acupuncture points designed to enable your recovery.
It is very difficult to say how many treatments you will require before you feel optimum.
Generally we consider 3 things:
What do you require treating?
How long have you had your condition?
How well do you heal?
Some conditions may respond quicker than others; for example an acute low grade back pain may respond quicker to treatment than chronic spondylosis, whilst both respond extremely well to acupuncture age and ability to heal cannot be excluded when considering response rates.
Treatments are delivered with the intention of helping you recover as quickly as possible