How much is an acupuncture treatment and what does it include?
Consultation and treatment sessions are £50. Many insurance companies pay for acupuncture treatment so if you have a health policy, check to see if it will cover you.
Consultation involves taking your full health history (please bring your list of medication if you have one).
Your treatment will include one or more of the following therapies: acupuncture, cupping, guasha (fascial release massage, Chinese style), microcurrent (Alphastim), postural assessment, exercise advice and coaching and dietary advice.
The clinic is open during the daytime during the week. Evening appointments may be available but these times are very popular. Please call 07841 203 412 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to book an appointment.
How long is a treatment?
Treatment sessions usually last between 40 mins to 1 hour.
How many sessions will I need?
Acupuncture tends to have a cumulative effect, so while it is not unknown for a problem to be improved within one or two treatments, the best results can require a few more.
What happens during an acupuncture treatment?
I will ask you questions about your signs and symptoms and possibly take your pulse and look at your tongue. The pulse taking and tongue diagnosis enable me to get a view of what is happening to your body’s internal systems and combined with the questions, help me to make a diagnosis and write a treatment plan for you.
I may need to look at your posture and movement or palpate different areas of your body to check for pain or tenderness. This will contribute to the diagnosis and treatment plan.
Will I need to take my clothes off?
Many treatments involve areas below the knees and elbow and the abdomen so all you will need to do is be able to roll up your sleeves/ trousers and loosen your belt or waistband.
Some treatments may involve me working on your back, your hips or your thighs. In these cases it is much more likely that you will need to remove more clothing, but I will ensure that areas of your body that I am not working on are covered in a towel.
Will the needles hurt?
Acupuncture needles are nothing like the hypodermic syringes used for vaccinations or taking blood. I use Japanese style needles which are very slender and highly polished so that they slip in painlessly.
However, occasionally some acupuncture points can be very sensitive and the pressure of the needle may cause a very brief uncomfortable sensation. If this persists, let me know and I can adjust the stimulation or positioning of the needle.
Is there any risk of infection?
None whatsoever. All the needles I use are single use, sterile needles and disposed off in a sharps container after they have been used. As a member of the British Acupuncture Council I adhere to their Code of Safe Practice and use a Clean Needling Technique.
Are there any side effects of treatment?
The most common side effects are:
- Feeling relaxed or energized.
- Feeling tired or light headed.
Very infrequent side effects are:
- Pain at the needle site
- Feeling hungry
- Bleeding at the needle site
- Feeling nauseous, sweating or faint.
Do you only use needles?
I can use a whole range of tools to aid treatment including
- Alphastim ®. Go here to find out more about it.
- Electro acupuncture: a mild electric current is sent to the needle. It is painless, how much current is used is controlled by you. It has the same side effects as normal acupuncture.
- Gua Sha: A massage technique involving pressing and stroking your skin with a round edged tool (I use a Chinese soup spoon). It often helps muscular and joint pain.
- Cupping: A suction based technique using specially designed cups. It also helps muscular and joint pain.
- Moxibustion/ Moxa : Moxa is a herb rolled into a cigar shape, which, when it is ignited produces a warm, glowing tip. The tip is used to warm up inserted needles or areas of the body – it doesn’t actually touch the skin.
- Heat Lamp: This can be used in a similar way to Moxa, heating up areas of the body.
Research on Acupuncture
Acupuncture is thought to help control pain by reducing inflammation, improving tight muscles & stiff joints and by influencing the processing of the pain signals in the spinal cord and in the brain.
Research on Acupuncture covers all sort of areas including medically unexplained symptoms, back pain and migraine. There are also studies comparing it to conventional treatments using medication or physical manipulation. The link given below takes you to the British Acupuncture Council website where all the latest research is published – the good, the not as good as we’d like it to be and the inconclusive!
“Annya is really easy to talk to and very understanding. She has made such a difference to my life”
“I felt no discomfort at all”