The acupuncture points used in treatments are located all over the body so loose-fitting clothing is most suitable that will allow easy access to the lower arms and legs, hands and feet, abdomen, lower and upper back. Occasionally a medical gown may be required to allow full access to the spine.
The initial consultation is designed for me to learn more about you and your health history and your presenting symptoms. Communication is vital to establishing a positive working relationship. I know from experience that you will make better progress if you are open and honest about your health.
I won’t tell you I can help if I don’t think I can.
I pride myself on my honesty and integrity and will advise you if your condition may respond better to a different therapy based on what your expectations of having treatment are.
Initial Consultation Examination and First Treatment
As part of your consultation, I will perform a traditional diagnosis. This includes an examination of your pulse and tongue and a palpation of your abdomen, feet, legs, and arms. If you are in pain, please don’t worry, I will not put you through any palpation that will make you uncomfortable. All my diagnostic assessment takes place on a treatment table so that you can lie you down and relax.
The first treatment is always minimal as everyone responds differently to acupuncture and the one thing I don’t want to do is too much too soon. Less is definitely more in this situation. What is important is noticing any changes and usually I see that before you do. I encourage communication so I will be asking you for feedback on aspects of your treatment such as any sensations you may be experiencing.
There are many different techniques used in acupuncture, and some are more suitable for certain conditions than others. The majority are painless, but some do require a level of manipulation that may cause temporary discomfort. I will choose the most suitable technique wherever possible to ensure your comfort and safety. This may be Acupuncture, Okyu, Tui Na, Cupping or Chinese herbal formula.