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Does acupuncture hurt?

Generally speaking acupuncture does not hurt. Most patients experience a dull ache or 'heavy' feeling around certain points. If you are concerned about the needles hurting you please speak to Jo prior to treatment on 07979 532 448.

What are the side-effects of treatment

Most patients report feeling intensely relaxed and calm following a treatment and after resting can feel energized. Occasionally some points may bruise very slightly but this is a temporary effect and most Traditional Acupuncture Practitioners regard this as a positive effect.

Can acupuncture help me?

Because traditional acupuncture aims to treat the whole person rather than specific symptoms in isolation, it can be used to treat a wide range of problems. Many people decide upon acupuncture to help with a specific condition (such as osteoarthritis of the knee) and others because they feel generally unwell and would like to enhance their feeling of wellbeing. Acupuncture is suitable for people of all ages and for a wide variety of conditions. If you have a problem and would like to find out if acupuncture may be able to help you, please ring or call into the clinic and speak to one of our practitioners. Call us on 01904 343 305. Click here to read fact sheets about conditions that acupuncture can help.

What does treatment involve?

Acupuncture involves inserting very fine needles in various parts of the body. When the needle is inserted you may feel a tingling sensation or a dull ache. Most people find the process deeply relaxing and a pleasant experience. Treatment may also include massage, cupping and warming the needles (moxibustion).

If you are concerned about being needled, speak to Jo on 07979 532 448 as there are alternative techniques such as channel massage that can be used instead.

Is it safe?

Acupuncture has proved to be very safe in all studies undertaken. The needles used are all sterile and only used once and disposed of straight after use.

Can you explain in Western Medical terms how acupuncture works?

Western medicine accepts that when acupuncture points are stimulated the sensory receptors are stimulated. These then stimulate nerves that elicit a response from the hypothalamus and the pituitary gland in the brain. Neurotransmitters and endorphins are then released. These are the hormones responsible for balancing the body's energy systems such as immunity. X-rays have shown evidence of this response.

How often and how many sessions will I need?

Some patients respond very well after the first treatment and symptoms may be completely relieved after only a few subsequent sessions. It is preferable to come at least weekly for your initial treatments. Jo will be able to advise you on how soon you may notice an improvement. Many patients choose to maintain their health by coming monthly or simply when they feel they need a treatment.


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