Acupuncture Treatment

What happens during a treatment?

A man relaxing while undergoing acupuncture treatment

On your first visit you’ll be asked to fill out a health questionnaire so you can discuss in greater depth during the consultation. Based on your responses, plus other Chinese Medicine diagnoses, an acupuncture treatment plan is formulated. You can also ask questions about the treatment strategy and the specific healing functions of the acupuncture points chosen.

Usually there is no need to undress for a treatment as the points mostly used are on the limbs. However it is best to wear loose clothing so it is easier to only expose the needled parts of your body. If needed, blankets are used to keep you warm and modest at all times. Very fine disposable stainless steel needles are inserted in unison with your breath.

Once inserted the needles take about 30-40 minutes to work. During this time you are invited to rest and relax as fully as possible to benefit the utmost from their healing effect. You often find you fall asleep as the actual experience of the treatment can be deeply calming. Your practitioner will check on you to ensure you are OK and be close at hand should you need them.

Please allow around 60 minutes for your treatment session.

The main conditions we see and treat in the clinic are:

Muscular pain including repetitive strain injury (RSI). Many have acupuncture for tendon or muscle pains and aches. These may be acute, caused by injuries or accidents such as strains and sprains; or they may be chronic such as frozen shoulder, fibromyalgia, muscle weakness and stiffness, or muscular tension. On-going muscular issues affecting the limbs, extremities, shoulder and neck, often overlooked by mainstream medicine, respond well to treatment.

Joint pains, either chronic such as arthritis, or acute such as sports injuries including tennis elbow. Even though you’re not looking to be cured, the pain component can be reduced and joint flexibility and mobility increased.

Nerve pain, aka neuralgia, is another pain condition seen in clinic. These often are head and facial pain such as eye, ear, sinus, tooth, gum and trigeminal neuralgia. It also includes sciatica, sciatic nerve pain, down the leg which often accompanies low back or hip pain.

Lower back pain.  This is a very common condition for people to seek help from acupuncture. Clinical studies have shown that lumbar or sacral pain is remedied by acupuncture more than nearly all other types of treatment. It is one of the reasons I was commissioned and funded by the NHS, for 25 years, to set up and run a regional primary care acupuncture service.

Headache and migraines. Nearly all types of headaches can be benefited especially if they are related to mental stress, work-related tension, menstruation or tiredness.

Digestive conditions especially chronic ones such as IBS, indigestion, reflux, constipation respond if treated over a period of time.

Gynaecology is a hugely important branch in Traditional Chinese Medicine since its onset over 25 centuries ago. Much attention has been given to devising effective treatment strategies for PMT, PCOS, PID, endometriosis, menstrual pain and irregular cycles.

Menopausal symptoms such hot flushes, night sweats and mood swings is another commonly seen set of condition that respond to acupuncture.

Pregnancy related difficulties such as morning sickness, insomnia and exhaustion; plus post-natal issues such as depression, depletion and deficient lactation can be treated.

A weak constitution, either inherited or burn-out due to your previous or current lifestyle, is not often directly addressed by contemporary orthodox medicine. In Chinese Medicine your constitution is considered paramount to your overall health and vitality. When it’s in a poor state, one is more susceptible to Post Viral Syndrome, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, low immunity, physical enervation, mental exhaustion, poor concentration, low mood. Acupuncture can make an important contribution to these conditions by finding ways to directly address them as well as improve your overall constitutional strength and wellness.

Deficient energy leading to tiredness, lethargy, lassitude, listlessness, low libido, no vitality, weak stamina, lack of motivation are possibly the most frequently seen complaints. Acupuncture has a good reputation in dealing with this widespread condition.

Insomnia, worry, anxiety, depression, panic attacks, psychosomatic conditions, PTSD. Acupuncture is truly effective for the mind and emotions. It is probably the most popular reason people come to be supported and treated by me with acupuncture, even more than for standard physical conditions. These include a whole range of complaints, from chronic mental health issues to the normal response to day to day stress or demanding situations. These may stem from the effects of a troubled childhood, bereavement, heart-break, shock, and family-related, work-related or post-traumatic stress.