Acupuncture is an integral part of the rapid growth of complementary medicine in the UK. With an increasing number of people seeking acupuncture treatment it is important for patients and healthcare professionals alike that high standards of treatment, hygiene and professional standards are maintained.
Although sometimes described as a means of pain relief, acupuncture is actually used to treat people with a wide range of illnesses. Its focus is on improving the overall wellbeing of the patient, rather than the isolated treatment of specific symptoms.
Your first consultation may be longer than subsequent sessions. You will be asked about your current symptoms and what treatment you have received so far, your past medical history and that of your close family.
All acupuncture treatments are carried out to the highest standards of cleanliness and hygiene. Single- use, pre-sterilised disposable needles are used at all times. Acupuncture needles bear little resembalance to the needles used in injections and blood tests. They are much finer and solid, not hollow. When a needle is inserted the sensation is often described as tingling or aching . During treatments, patients commonly experience a heaviness in the limbs or a pleasant feeling of relaxation. The benefits of acupuncture frequently include more than just the relief from a particular condition. There are around 500 acupuncture points on the body – around 6-10 will be used in any one session.
Acupuncture treatment may be supplemented with dietary, nutritional or lifestyle advice.
Treatment is aimed at the root of your condition as well as your main sympstoms.
This approach helps resolve your main problem but also enhances your feeling of general wellbeing. You may notice other niggling problems resolve. You are likely to sleep better and feel less stressed too.
Remember whether your pain or discomfort is of recent origin (acute) or long term (chronic) we have the
clinical experience that may be able to make your life more comfortable and increase your acitivity levels.