Below are answers to some of the most common questions we get asked. If you cannot find the answer you need fill in the enquiry form below and we will answer your query today.
How many treatments will I need?
This depends on your situation but generally speaking we ask patients to attend the clinic for 4 sessions. At the 4th session we review your progress together and discuss the need for future treatments or alternative treatment strategies.
How does acupuncture work?
There has been a lot of research into how acupuncture works. Acupuncture has been shown to regulate pain pathways, stimulate specific parts of the brain and to transmit sensations through connective tissue that surrounds muscle, joints and organs. You can read some of this research collated into handy fact sheets by the British Acupuncture Council.
What is dry needling or ‘medical acupuncture’?
Both of these types of needling are taught to physiotherapists, doctors, chiropractors and osteopaths to be used primarily in the treatment of muscle and joint pain. The main differences between a trained acupuncturist using acupuncture and a trained medical practitioner using dry needling are as follows:
First, an acupuncturist uses acupuncture to treat a wide range of conditions including but not restricted to pain relief; secondly, an acupuncturist trains in the use and theory of Chinese Medicine for 3-4 years, whereas ‘dry needling’ is taught over a 2-5 day course; thirdly, an acupuncturist uses acupuncture all day, every day – not as an add-on or adjunct therapy to try when other things aren’t working.
Does acupuncture hurt?
Yes and no. A skilled acupuncturist should be able to insert a needle without you feeling any discomfort. 90% of the time any discomfort during the insertion or the needle will be down to the skill of the acupuncturist and we take great pride in having highly developed needling skills.
After the needle has been inserted, a skilled acupuncturist can use the needle to create a sensation in your body that can be any of the following: throbbing, pulsing, tingling, warming, cooling, moving, heaviness, lightness.
I had acupuncture before and it didn’t work. Will this be any different?
There is no way of telling why acupuncture did not work for you in the past. It may be due to an incorrect diagnosis or a different treatment may have been more suitable. We would suggest booking a free initial phone consultation to find out what happened and see if we can help.
Are you insured?
Yes. All practitioners have full public liability and malpractice insurance.
Are you a member of a regulatory body?
All practitioners are members of the British Acupuncture Council – the UK’s main governing body for acupuncture with over 3000 members and trusted for public information about acupuncture in the UK.
Do you have a discounted treatment fee?
At any one time we have 2 patients who can be treated at a discounted rate. We give priority for these places to people who need to commit to treatment on a longer term basis.. If you would like to know more about this option please ask.