Can acupuncture help my symptoms?
The answer is probably, yes. It is widely accepted that acupuncture is beneficial for tension headaches, migraines, chronic lower back pain, TMJ (jaw) pain, osteoarthritic knee pain…. here is a more extensive list of conditions known respond well to acupuncture.
How many sessions will I need?
It depends!! There are a number of factors to consider when answering this question including the nature of the condition as well as how deep or longstanding it is. Generally, acute conditions require 3-6 treatments and chronic ones 6-10. Most people have a treatment weekly until a noticeable improvement is made, when treatments will be gradually spaced over longer periods. Some conditions, such as those related to periods or fertility require longer to see results. Some musculoskeletal conditions can improve greatly with 1 or 2 treatments. Remember acupuncturists treat the person not the condition, so each person’s needs and treatment plan will be different.
How much does it cost?
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What happens during my first treatment?
Duey’s approach is gentle, reassuring, informal and professional. At your first consultation, Duey will take a thorough medical history and ask you which issues you would like to prioritise (further symptoms are often resolved along with the main or presenting condition/s). The first session, lasting up to 90 minutes (45mins telephone consultation followed by 45mins in the treatment room), includes a full acupuncture treatment where very fine, single-use, disposable needles are placed at specific points on the body and left for around twenty minutes.
Does acupuncture hurt?
Nope! There is definitely a sensation to be felt on most points; we call this “getting the Qi (chee) or energy of the point.” A dull ache or pulling sensation is usually how it’s described but this wears off in a few seconds.
What should I wear to my acupuncture treatment?
Loose fitting clothing that will roll up to your knees or elbows is best or bring something to change into.
Should I eat before a treatment??
Yes, make sure you’ve had something in the few hours before your treatment – don’t arrive on an empty stomach.
What should or shouldn’t I do after my treatment?
It’s ok to go about your daily business after your treatment; if possible, have a rest and some fluids before doing so. I wouldn’t advise undertaking vigorous exercise afterwards or consuming alcohol.
Are there any side effects?
Acupuncture has very few side effects and any that do occur are usually mild and self-correcting. Most people find acupuncture relaxing and often feel very calm after a treatment. You may feel a little tired or sleepy and should take this into account after your treatment. You might have a little bruise where some of the needles have been: this doesn’t happen often and is nothing to worry about.
Can I claim for my treatment on my health insurance?
Most health providers will cover acupuncture in their health plans. Check if yours does so here.