Acupuncture

Initial consultation
The first 30 minutes consultation will be spent assessing the condition and to make sure that no further investigations need to be done. Once the doctor has identified the condition, she will explain the treatment plan and start acupuncture. The needles used are sterile and individually packed. They are disposed of after use.

At further consultations, your progress will be assessed and further acupuncture will be carried out. Usually two appointments a week for 2 weeks are needed, then reducing to one a week.

What can Acupuncture Treat?
  • Sports Injuries
  • Back & Neck Problems
  • Migraines & Headaches
  • Sleep Problems
  • Sinus Problems
  • Tennis Elbow
  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome
  • Benefits
Acupuncture is not a cure but a treatment which can help to relieve pain and the effect of acupuncture differs for each person.

Some of the effects:

Pain Relief:
Some people may notice some improvement after the first treatment. Quite often it occurs after the third treatment.
Improvement in Sleep:
Most people notice that they sleep for longer and that the quality of the sleep improves
Relaxation:
Acupuncture is a very good relaxant.
Increase in Well-Being:
Acupuncture can make you feel both physically and mentally better. It can also increase your energy levels.

Side Effects

There are some minimal risks associated with acupuncture:
Bruising at site of needle: this is especially true if you are taking any drugs that thin the blood such as aspirin, warfarin, steroids etc.
Sickness: this can occur in about 1 in 10 people, usually during or immediately after treatment. It is caused by your body reacting to the release of endorphins (your natural pain-relieving chemical)
Fainting/Dizziness:
This can occur on rare occasions during or after treatment and for this reason the first treatment is carried out with you lying down if possible.
Drowsiness: you may feel sleepy after treatment or sleep particularly well that night. Avoid treatment on the day of any special evening (you may fall asleep!).
Increase in Pain: Your pain may feel a little worse immediately after one treatment. This is not unusual and can be a positive effect. If it continues after three treatments, then no further acupuncture will be carried out.
Background Information

Medical conditions are not always alleviated by conventional practices.

The Chinese have practised Acupuncture for over 3000 years. They believe the body contains channels or meridian along which Q1 (pronounced Chee) energy flows. This flow of energy is balanced by positive and negative forces. If this balance is affected then pain and disease can occur. In the last 40 years we now know that acupuncture also causes the release of our own natural pain-relieving chemicals, endorphins.