Your first consultation Information about your health is gathered during the first consultation. This comprises of the main complaint (why your coming to acupuncture), health history and basic family history. This provides a unique picture of your current health and informs Kim of what you want from acupuncture treatment. Additionally, Kim will complete a physical examination of joints or areas of pain discussed, pulse and tongue diagnosis. In most circumstances treatment takes place at the first consult, but this can vary depending upon the complexity of health issues. How many treatments will I need? The initial consultation is recommend with two treatments over a period of 3 consecutive weeks. This provides opportunity to feel the benefits of acupuncture treatment and allow Kim confirm your diagnosis and build a concrete treatment plan. At this point, duration of treatment will be discussed. There are no set number of treatments, length of treatment is reviewed with the patient during the course of treatment. Tips about attending treatment
Eating is advisable prior to treatment.
After your treatment try to schedule a 20 -30 minute window to relax. This will allow you to enjoy the calming effect of treatment and maintain that great feeling after treatment!
Try to avoid alcohol for several hours after treatment.
Please bring a note of of any prescriptions you are taking.
Why choose acupuncture?
One to one time with a practitioner who is solely focused on your health.
Tailored treatment plans which encompass dietary and lifestyle advice to get the best out of your body’s natural healing abilities.
Acupuncture is safe and has a very good track record, Kim follows rigorous standards of practice set out by the British Acupuncture Council.
What is Five element acupuncture? Ancient chinese medicine texts observed how the fundamental elements of wood, fire, earth, metal and water, create life's natural mysterious order. When these five elements manifest within us, we experience health, well-being and the joy of being alive. These elements correspond to each season of the year as well as other areas of our lives in chinese medicine such as the time of day, organs of the body, energy pathways (meridians) and acupuncture points. Kim uses an integrative approach to her treatments, applying Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) and Five Element acupuncture in her practice. Other Ancillary methods used with Acupuncture (Guasha, cupping and electro acupuncture) Cupping can be used for many health issues such as stiff shoulders or to lessen the symptoms of a cold a coming on. Guasha is a very effective treatment for conditions such as clearing the start of a cold virus and stiffness of the neck and shoulders. Electro acupuncture uses an electrical TENS machine to create various levels of constant needle stimulation.
What can acupuncture treat? Many people think of acupuncture for muscoskeletal issues (e.g knee pain or tennis elbow) but there are many conditions which respond well to acupuncture treatment. As well as ‘mystery’ type health issues which are very troublesome for GP’s to diagnose. Additionally, some patients come to acupuncture for preventative health. Below you will find links to the latest research and evidence based facts from the British Acupuncture Council. If your health concern is not listed please contact Kim.