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If you have been prescribed medication we recommend you tell your doctor that you are planning on having acupuncture. Do not stop taking your medication.
You should always tell your acupuncturist about any medication and supplements you are taking as this may affect your response to acupuncture treatment.
BAcC acupuncturists are trained to recognise potentially serious underlying health conditions and may refer you to your GP if they consider it appropriate.
Acupuncture needles are much finer than those used for injections and blood tests. When the needle is inserted you may feel a tingling sensation or a dull ache. Many patients find the sensation deeply relaxing.
Rarely, side effects can occur and most often include; tiredness, mild dizziness, and minor bruising. All such reactions are short lived.
You will be given a consultation and consent form to fill in. These need to be filled in by all new patients. If you would like to fill this in prior to your appointment please let us know and we can email one to you. If you have any difficulty in reading or filling in these forms, just let us know and we are happy to help.
You will also be provided with an aftercare form.
For women who are thinking of having acupuncture treatment for fertility, we recommend tracking your cycle for a month prior to and throughout your treatment. A basal body tempertaure (BBT) chart can be provided for you, should you require one.
You may also be asked to fill in a pain measurement form. This allows us to guage your progress throughout your acupuncture treatment to ensure you are seeing results, and that we're doing a good job!
It is best to rest as much as possible after your treatment. Only exercise lightly, drink plenty of water and eat light meals. If you suddenly feel a lot better after treatment, it can be tempting to do more than you would normally do, but we advise that you take you it easy and give your body time to rest and recover from treatment
During your initial consultation your acupuncturist will use a number of different diagnostic methods to get a complete picture of your health and lifestyle, to ensure there are no underlying issues that may be causing or exacerbating your health problems. These include taking a detailed and comprehensive medical history, questioning your bodily systems (sleep, diet, digestion etc), discussing your main health complaint in detail, taking your pulse, and looking at your tongue. Based on this information a diagnosis will then be formed along with a personalised treatment plan.
In the case of musculoskeletal complaints, joints may be palpated and manipulated, this will provide valuable information used in diagnosis.
Outside referrals will be made if necessary, and you may be given lifestyle advise, nutritional support and exercise guidance should it be required to aid you in your recovery.
Acupuncture points are then selected according to your symptoms. They may vary week to week, and the points chosen may not be near the area of discomfort, however this will all be discussed with you in detail at the time of treatment.
You will be given the oppurtunity to ask any questions you may have or voice any concerns prior to treatment. Don't be shy, we love talking about acupuncture!
Acupuncture can be beneficial for a wide range of conditions and symptoms, these can vary from clearly defined complaints to more general feelings of low energy and poor health
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