When you arrive at the Love Community Acupuncture clinic, please come into the yard and wait outside the clinic building. Unfortunately there’s no waiting area, so please bring an umbrella if it’s raining!
Please don’t knock or open the door, but instead please wait for the door to be opened. Your patience is much appreciated by the patient who is already inside the clinic!
You don’t need to do anything special to prepare for an acupuncture treatment – although it helps if you are wearing loose, comfortable clothing that you can remove or roll up easily. It’s also helpful if you don’t have an empty stomach when you come for treatment – if your blood sugar is low, acupuncture may make you feel dizzy or faint. Please try to eat a light meal an hour or two before your treatment.
A consultation and treatment takes about 45 minutes. You settle yourself on the couch and we’ll carry out your consultation while you prepare for your treatment – usually by taking off jewellery, shoes and socks, rolling up trouser legs, removing tights and rolling up sleeves. If it’s your first treatment I’ll ask you to sign a consent form.
Based on the information you give me, I will formulate a prescription based on your specific symptoms and your underlying issues. Very fine needles will be inserted into acupuncture points on your body – most often on the arms, hands and lower legs.
When the needles are inserted, patients often report feeling a mild tingling sensation, a feeling of warmth or a dull ache. Once the needles are in place, I’ll give you the room to yourself to relax for around 15 minutes (and I’ll give you a small alarm to call me if you need me during that time). Most people find the experience very relaxing, and many fall asleep. I’ll return to remove your needles at the end of the 15 minute period.
There are very few negative side-effects from acupuncture; any that do occasionally occur, such as drowsiness or slight bruising around the needles, are mild and self-correcting. Most people feel a sense of deep relaxation and calmness after every session. Sometimes you may get a flare-up of symptoms before improvement happens – this is known as a ‘healing crisis’ and is a positive sign indicating that your body is responding to treatment. If you ever have any concerns about any reaction to acupuncture, you can always call me on 07582 234578 or email me.
Please be aware that the community acupuncture format means we can’t promise that you’ll always be treated by a particular acupuncturist.