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Frequently Asked Questions

Does it hurt?

Acupuncture needles are not what you might expect. They are very fine and flexible and not at all like the needles for blood tests or injections that you may have had at the doctors. Most people describe the sensation created by them as a mild, dull ache. Some people feel tingling or warmth and some needles are not felt at all. Sometimes it can be a fairly strong sensation for a short while.

Overall, acupuncture is a surprisingly enjoyable experience.

Is it safe?

Acupuncture is one of the safest medical treatments, both conventional and complementary, on offer in the UK.

Two surveys conducted independently of each other and published in the British Medical Journal in 2001 concluded that the risk of a serious adverse reaction to acupuncture is less than 1 in 10,000. This is far less than many orthodox medical treatments.

There are very few side effects from acupuncture when practised by a fully qualified practitioner. Any minor side effects that do occur, such as dizziness or bruising around needle points, are mild and self-correcting.

I only use pre-sterilised single-use needles which are safely disposed of after your treatment.

Will it work?

Every person is different, and  acupuncture does work better for some people than for others.  You do not need to ‘believe in it’ for it to work. However if you positively engage with the process, (see ‘My Treatment’) you can get the best possible results out of your treatment.

Overall Acupuncture has been identified by the British Medical Association as being the top complementary treatment, with the majority of GPs wishing to see it more widely available on the NHS.

What is ‘traditional’ acupuncture?

Acupuncture is a part of traditional Chinese Medicine which is always evolving and has been in use for over 2000 years. It is a valued and integrated part of the hospitals in China today. In a ‘nutshell’, traditional acupuncture uses acupuncture points on the meridians or ‘energy pathways’ to help the body to re-balance and heal itself.

How does it work?

Traditional acupuncturists are able to recognize patterns of disharmony that may underlie the symptoms that are to be treated. We give individualized treatment to each person to help restore harmony.  As a result, many people find that it’s not just their initial condition or illness that improves, and many report an enhanced sense of overall well-being.

This goes some way to explaining traditional acupuncture’s enduring appeal.

What is ‘trigger point’ acupuncture?

A style of acupuncture developed through the western scientific method, in the 1950s, which can dramatically reduce pain, and improve the flexibility and movement of muscles and joints. The way it works is to ‘deactivate’ the trigger points within the muscles which have often caused patterns of pain. The pain caused by trigger points can be intense, and may be experienced in parts of the body some distance from the body of the muscle itself.

Acupuncture  has much to offer in terms of pain relief and pain management for many types of chronic condition.

What is the style of massage?

The massage is best described as ‘holistic massage’as the depth and style is chosen and tailored to suit you, and to work well with the acupuncture treatment. I have many years of ‘hands on’ experience since I trained in Swedish massage, acupressure and basic aromatherapy in 1995, before studying acupuncture, and in 2015 I undertook an advanced massage training in Deep Massage. I also offer Deep Massage as a pure massage treatment.


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