FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
What does Acupuncture feel like?
Acupuncture needles are ultra fine, almost as fine as a strand of hair, sterile and disposable. In most cases, you may feel a slight prick as the needles penetrate the skin. As the acupuncturist adjusts the needle to connect with the qi (energy), patients often describe the sensation as a mild tingling or a dull ache as the needle reaches the acupuncture point. The sensation only lasts 1-2 seconds.
Are there any side effects?
Occasionally a small bruise can appear where the needle was inserted. Responses to treatment can sometimes include tiredness, and ideally you should give yourself a little time to rest. Sometimes people can feel dizzy or lightheaded after acupuncture but this passes quickly. Most people find acupuncture relaxing and often feel very calm after treatment. Cupping and Guasha treatment can sometimes temporarily mark the skin but generally clears within a day or two.
Should I tell my doctor?
If you are currently receiving treatment from your doctor it is recommended you tell your doctor that you are planning on having acupuncture treatment. You should tell your acupuncturist about any medication you are taking.
What are the benefits of Acupuncture?
Acupuncture has benefits for a range of common health conditions such as: - low back pain, arthritic knees, tension type headaches and jaw pain, as it can help provide short term relief from symptoms. Some people have regular treatments to strengthen their constitution, or because they find it so beneficial and relaxing.
I’m scared of needles.
Acupuncture needles are very much finer than the needles used for injections and blood tests. You may not even feel them penetrate the skin, and once in place they are hardly noticeable. They are also very safe as the needles are sterilised, and disposable for single use only. For people with needle phobia, Christina also uses other treatments such as Cupping; Guasha; Moxibustion and Tuina.
What should I do before a treatment?
It is a good idea to wear loose-fitting clothes so that the acupuncture points, especially those on your lower limbs, are easily accessible. Ideally, have something to eat before treatment, it does not have to be a full meal, it can be something small such as a piece of fruit.
How many sessions will I need?
Every individual is unique and response varies. Weekly treatments are recommended to begin with, reducing in frequency as your body responds to treatment. This is continually evaluated to ensure that treatment is working for you. The effects of treatments are usually felt within five or six treatments. Occasionally just one or two treatments are sufficient.