Treatment (Acupuncture and Tui Na)
Treatment (Acupuncture and Tui Na)
Q. What should I wear
Wearing comfortable clothes is useful so that you can relax whilst you are having treatment. Wearing loose-fitting clothes that enable access to arms and legs, particularly below the knees and elbows, is helpful as these are the most common areas for needle insertion.
Q. What happens during the first treatment?
The first appointment takes longer than subsequent treatments, usually about 1 ½ hours. During this time you will be asked a lot of questions; medical history, eating and sleeping patterns, bowel movements, past injuries and so on. Your pulses will also be felt on both wrists and your tongue will be looked at, and depending on why you have come for treatment, there may be a need for a physical assessment to test range of movement or sensitive, tender areas. All this is to build an individual picture of your health to form a diagnosis.
You will usually be asked to lie on a couch or may sit in a chair.
Q. Is there anything I should do before coming to treatment?
It is best not to come to a treatment on a completely empty stomach, or after a heavy meal. This is because there are usually changes to pulses straight after eating as all your energy is working hard to digest your food. It may also be uncomfortable if you are required to lay on your front.
As both acupuncture and Tui Na work on the flow of energy, alcohol and recreational drugs can affect treatment and it is strongly recommended that these are avoided before an appointment.
Acupuncture is a very safe therapy. Two independent studies have been carried out, both of which are reported in the British Medical Journal 2001, which conclude that the risk of serious adverse reaction to acupuncture is less than 1 in 10,000. Furthermore, acupuncture is a natural therapy and there are no unpleasant side effects.
All needles used are pre-sterilised, disposable and single use. As a qualified acupuncturist, Sally has been trained to uphold the highest standards of hygiene and to abide by a rigorous code of safe practice which is laid down by the acupuncturist’s professional body, The British Acupuncture Council.
Q. How many needles are used and where will they be inserted?
The number of needles used for each treatment varies according to the principles of the treatment. On average this can be from 4 or 5 up to 10-12.
Needles may be used in various parts of the body; feet, hands, arms, legs, back, head, abdomen, but consent is always sought first. The depth of insertion also varies according to treatment, but on a non fleshy area like a foot it is usually quite superficial, about 2mm.
Q. Will it be painful?
People often worry whether the needles hurt when they are inserted. There is usually a sensation, but you should not feel any pain. People have often described the feeling as a dragging sensation or movement of energy from the point.
The needles used for acupuncture come in different sizes but all are incredibly fine and some no more than the width of a human hair.
Q. How will I feel after treatment?
Some people report feeling relaxed but a little tired whilst others feel full of energy immediately after treatment, both are normal. Others notice effects a day or two after treatment. Occasionally a small bruise may appear where a needle has been inserted but this should disappear within a day or two.
Q. How is Tui na different from other massage?
Tui na has its roots in Chinese Medicine and as such is based on diagnosis of the patient. Performed through a cloth Tui na uses 13 main techniques working on acupuncture points and meridians according to diagnosis and the individual needs.
Tui na is more than just a massage, habits create problems again and again causing tension and blockage of the smooth flow of Qi and Blood. One of the objectives of Tui na is to become aware of how we hold tension through massage and breath work so that those habits can be broken.