What To Expect
If I have not treated you before, our first session will be 75 minutes rather than the 60 minutes for any subsequent appointments. During this we will examine your current situation as well as your medical history. Diagnosis in Traditional Chinese Medicine is usually formed from a series of questions combined with an examination of your tongue, pulse and symptoms. I'll then outline my recommendations for your treatment. These may include various combinations of the modalities explained below. I'll always make sure you understand the proposed treatment and that you are comfortable before proceeding.
Acupuncture is performed by inserting very fine needles into specific points on the body to facilitate the movement of qi (pronounced 'chi') or energy. Traditional Chinese Medicine holds that the correct flow of qi in channels ('meridians') throughout our bodies is necessary for optimum health. The disruption or stagnation of qi flow can manifest as a wide range of ailments or illness.
As an acupuncturist, I prefer using a gentle needling technique with high quality 'patient-friendly' needles, designed to provide the best possible patient experience. All needles are disposable and used only once. Various sensations such as tingling, warmth and heaviness around needle points is expected and common. Once the needles are placed they will remain for around twenty - thirty minutes before being removed. Treatment is typically administered with the patient lying either face down or on their back on the treatment table, common needling sites include arms, lower legs, stomach and back.
Cupping provides tension relief for sore and achy muscles by promoting circulation and blood flow to targeted areas. It consists of removing the air from the cups and placing them on the skin to create a suction effect. This suction or type of 'inverted' massage is a wonderful tool to promote healing and relaxation. Cupping can leave bruise-like circular marks on the skin (which should disappear in less than one week), however it is usually found to be an extremely relaxing and beneficial treatment.
Moxibustion can be used to prevent diseases and maintain health as part of tonification treatments to help strengthen the organs and immune system. It warms the meridians and expel cold. It can be used to promote circulation over areas of chronic pain or muscle tension. It is especially used for pain that is worse with exposure to cold or damp weather, as with some types of arthritis pain. When applied to acupuncture points that strengthen and lift the qi, moxibustion can boost the immune system and help with fatigue, digestive issues, and much more.