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  • Talk to us if you have any specific questions
  • Don’t change or stop your medication
  • Bring a history of your problem

When attending fore the first time there are a few things we feel it important to consider. Try and arrive early if travelling to us, particularly if it’s your first time to the practice or you are unfamiliar with the area in terms of transport and parking. If you haven’t completed the Practice Registration Form that is attached to the email we send confirming your appointment you’ll have an opportunity to fill this in when you attend. You can also have a glass of water, refresh yourself or just relax ahead of your appointment.

 

Continue your medication as directed

There are many reasons why people seek acuncture treatment, but we do believe that there is no ‘one system’ of healthcare capable of tackling every problem. Although we aim to improve health, reduce your medication and ultimately reduce your need to see  healthcare professionals, including us, we stress our practice is genuinely ‘complementary’ and if we are to achieve our aims it only through good management and communication with those already involved in your care. Please continue to take medication as directed by your medical team and discuss your problems with us at your appointment.

 

Will it be painful?

Almost always the answer is No. Most people describe acupuncture as painless, or at worst like a dull ache. Acupuncture needles are not hollow like those for local analgaesic injections or taking blood and are so fine that it is rare that anyone experiences pain.

 

I’m still worried!

Susana is one of the few acupuncturists in the country experienced using Low Level Laser Therapy that uses light directly over an affected area or as a needleless form of acupuncture. This treatment is safe, effective, has no pain and no significant side effects side effects. If would like to find out if acupuncture can help your problem but are worried about the needles just make this known when you book and we can make sure a laser is available for your appointment.

 

Is there anything I should or shouldn’t do?

For the Do’s

  • Book a convenient appointment that you can keep
  • Aim to arrive in plenty of time
  • Think about things that have happened to you in the past (both health and life events) that might be of significance
  • Bring with you any scans or reports and a list of any medication
  • Wear loose clothes as acupuncture often treats areas that are distant from where the main problem is located
  • Have something light to eat before you attend (you shouldn’t be full, but if you are on an empty stomach your body will already be experiencing stress)
  • Have a glass of water when you arrive, refresh yourself and relax
  • Turn off your phone when you arrive so you won’t be disturbed

For the Don’ts

  • Avoid caffeine or alcohol for a few hours before your appointment
  • Avoid eating a heavy meal or spicy food just before you attend.

 

Your assessment

In the first consultation we will take a thorough history in order to assess your general state of health. At this time your tongue is examined and pulses are taken in several different places on both wrists. The information gathered will then be used to devise a treatment plan, choosing a combination of acupuncture points suitable for your needs. Susana has many other skills and experience and may discuss the use of other techniques such as cupping, moxibustion and massage, together with a more general discussion on dietary and life-style effects on health.

 

Your treatment

Most people find the experience of receiving acupuncture to be both deeply relaxing and invigorating. We may use mood enhancing music or lighting to enhance your experience. Any needles will be left in place and then painlessly removed.

 

Further treatment

Following your treatment Susana can discuss with you the ways forward and as a highly experienced clinician will be able to give you a good idea of how may treatments she thinks you may need to help your problem, and this will largely depend on the nature, the severity and how you respond to treatment. Our aim is to treat you safely and effectively, as quickly as possible, and you will be able to measure your own response as you improve and get better.