What to expect
Before treatment starts your acupuncturist will need to find out about your main complaint, general health and lifestyle. This will involve asking questions relating to symptoms, medical history, sleep patterns, diet/digestion and emotional wellbeing. Women may also be asked about their menstrual cycle and any past pregnancies and childbirth. Some questions may seem unrelated to your symptoms but the information will allow your practitioner to form a better idea of your health and lifestyle. Your acupuncturist will also take your pulse on both wrists, look at your tongue and feel for areas of muscular pain and tension.
Once all relevant information is gathered, your practitioner will make a diagnosis and a treatment plan which may include dietary and lifestyle advice to be carried out alongside acupuncture treatment. Your acupuncturist will use extremely fine single- use pre-sterilised needles to stimulate specific acupuncture points on your body. The energy meridians are located all over your body, so some points which are used may not be located in the direct area where you are experiencing discomfort.
On occasion your acupuncturist may refer you to your GP for treatment and investigation. This will be done with your consent.
- Please wear loose clothing as there are many frequently used acupuncture points on the lower arms and legs.
- Have a light meal before treatment.
- If it’s your first time let your practitioner know so that he or she can take time to explain the process and ensure that you are comfortable.
The acupuncturist will suggest a variety of ways in which you can enhance and maximise the therapeutic effects of your treatment. This may include advice on diet, exercise, sleep hygiene and stress management.