It is natural for you to feel a little unsure, or even nervous, when you first come the Practice for treatment. When you arrive for the first time you will be asked to fill out a short medical questionnaire. If you have booked for a free initial consultation you will have the opportunity to tell us more about your condition, and you will be able to ask any questions you want to help you decide whether a course of treatment at the Oriental Medicine Practice is an appropriate course of action.
If you have booked a full consultation and first treatment, your case history will be discussed in detail, we will probably ask you questions that seem to have no relevance to your condition. However, traditional Chinese medicine sees the body as a whole, and a symptom associated with the head could have its root in one of the internal organs, so we would ask you questions about your digestion if you came to us with headaches, for example. Depending on how complicated your case history is this consultation can take from twenty minutes to three quarters of an hour to complete.
You will, of course, have chance to ask any questions, and if you want, we will explain your diagnosis, how we intend on treating it and how many treatments we think you will need. (This is always the difficult part as the response to treatment is so individual.)
As a general guideline, the longer you have had your condition, the longer it will take to treat it, so acute conditions will normally only need one or two treatments. Chronic conditions that you have had for many years may take anywhere from 4 to 10 treatments until you notice significant changes.
What Will Happen in the Treatments?
Whichever therapy you have chosen to help your condition we will always suggest changes that you can make to your lifestyle and diet that will help you improve your health faster.
What happens during an acupuncture treatment?
After taking your case history, we will explain, in non-technical language, what we have found, and your traditional Chinese diagnosis, and how it applies to your symptoms. We will then explain where we are going to insert the needles, and if necessary, leave the room to let you adjust any clothing. You will be invited to make yourself comfortable on the treatment couch.
After explaining the sensations you will experience we will insert the needles (90% of our clients do not feel them going in). The needles are very thin (0.16mm), solid, sterile and disposable. You will always be treated with new needles fresh from a sterile packet. When the acupuncture points are stimulated you will experience a dull aching sensation, or an electrical, tingling sensation. This is a positive sign that the needles are doing their job. In most cases the needles will stay in for about 20 minutes.
We will turn down the lights, play some soothing, gentle music, and leave you to relax. Most of our clients find that acupuncture is very pleasant, and that they feel relaxed and rejuvenated after a session.
Did you know that there are many different styles of acupuncture being practiced, but that only one style has over 30,000 professional level texts written on it, and over 100,000 research papers published on it each year?
The style of acupuncture that we use is a style known as TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine). As you look for information on acupuncture you will probably find information on many different styles; Japanese acupuncture, Korean acupuncture, Five Element Acupuncture, and others.
We use, and recommend, TCM acupuncture, as this is the style practiced and taught in China, it is the predominant professional style of acupuncture practiced world wide, and has over 30,000 professional texts written, and over 100,000 research papers published every year. No other style of acupuncture can boast this level of research and study.