Before Acupuncture Treatment
A number of common acupuncture points are located on the lower arms and legs, so wearing loose clothing that allows access to these areas is very helpful.
Please eat normally, but if you could try not to come for treatment on an empty stomach or after a heavy meal it would be appreciated.
Can Acupuncture Hurt?
No! Many people are put off having acupuncture because they think it will hurt. It doesn’t. The needles are tiny, incredibly fine – about the size of a few hairs on your head. Eca uses the most high quality needles which are incredibly fine, smooth and painfree. The sensation is nothing like having an injection. It is a unique feeling often described as a dull ache which triggers feelings of calmness and tranquility. Most people find it very relaxing and drift off to sleep during treatment.
Your First Consultation with Eca
At the first consulation Eca will spend a lot of time speaking with you to gain a thorough understanding of your general health and how she may be able to help. This involves asking questions about current symptoms and medical history.
You may feel that some of the questions appear unrelated to your health, but they all help Eca to form a complete picture of you, your health and lifestyle. Eca will take your pulses on both hands, ask to see your tongue and feel for areas of muscular tension or pain.
After speaking with you and examining your toungue and pulses, Eca will make a diagnosis and propose a treatment plan that may involve using very fine single-use pre-sterilised needles to stimulate specific acupuncture points on your body.
As energy meridians range across the whole body, the points used are not necessarily close to where you experience pain or discomfort.
As well as needling acupuncture points, other techniques may be used such as:
Cupping is a popular treatment.
Moxibustion: Heat is applied to an acupuncture point or meridian to warm muscles and qi. It is also used to turn breeched babies.
Tuina: Chinese massage relieves muscle tension, stimulates acupressure points and stimulate the flow of qi.
Cupping: To stimulate blood flow and clear tension. Cupping is incredibly relaxing and great for stressed-out, aching necks and shoulders.
Guasha: Rubbing of the skin increases blood flow and clears tension.
Most people find acupuncture relaxing and feel calm after a treatment. You may feel a little tired so you should ideally give yourself time to rest. It is also advisable not to drink alcohol for several hours after treatment. Acupuncture has very few side effects and any that do occur are usually mild and self-correcting, but if you are concerned by a side efffect please contact me (even if it is outside of clinic hours).
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