Your first acupuncture session will last approx 1½ hours and includes a first treatment. if this is your first experience of acupuncture time will be taken to explain what to expect ensuring you are fully informed and feel relaxed and comfortable. A large proportion of the time will be spent taking your case history and making a “Traditional Diagnosis”, this involves asking in depth detailed questions about your current and past health and lifestyle factors, taking your pulses, looking at your tongue and where necessary a physical exam may be performed.
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The energy of specific acupuncture points on the body is stimulated through the use of single-use, pre-sterilised, disposable needles, which are commonly as fine as a human hair. Many acupuncture points are located on the lower arms and legs so it is helpful to wear loose clothing allowing easy access to these areas.
Most people find acupuncture relaxing and often feel very calm after a treatment. It is possible to feel a little tired or sleepy, therefore it is best to refrain, after treatment, from anything too demanding. Advice may be given regarding lifestyle. Where necessary, referral to other healthcare practitioners for specialist care may be suggested.
Acupuncture is often combined with other Chinese Medical techniques; combinations of which can enhance clinical results and speed recovery. This may include the use of:
• Moxibustion: heat is applied to an acupuncture point or area using moxa (a therapeutic herb) to warm and relax muscles and move energy
• Tuina: Chinese therapeutic massage is used to relieve muscle tension and stimulate acupressure points
• Cupping: glass cups with a vacuum seal are placed onto the skin to stimulate blood flow and clear stagnant energy
• Gua Sha: gentle rubbing/scraping of the skin to increase blood flow and clear stagnant energy