Here are some of the most commonly-asked questions about Acupuncture and Reflexology. However, please feel free to call us for more information, or drop us a line if your question isn’t answered here. Click here to contact us.
Acupuncture is one of the safest medical treatments, from both a conventional and complementary perspective. There are very few side effects from acupuncture when practiced by a fully qualified practitioner of traditional acupuncture. Any minor side effects that do occur, such as dizziness or bruising around needle points, are mild and self-correcting.
Health and safety is of paramount importance to our acupuncturists at Seapoint Acupuncture. The acupuncture regulatory body (AFPA) requires that comprehensive records of your medical conditions and treatment history are maintained by your practitioner. We may occasionally need to refer you to your GP for further investigation or treatment, if required.
We only pre-sterilised single-use needles which are safely disposed of after your treatment. All treatments are carried out in accordance with exemplary professional standards developed by the AFPA as outlined in the Codes of Safe Practice and of Professional Conduct.
Receiving an acupuncture treatment is usually a relaxing experience, and a patient will often drift away during the session. Acupuncture needles are hair-thin, and any sensation produced can be likened to a tingling feeling in the body.
Receiving an acupuncture treatment is usually a relaxing experience, and a patient will often drift away during the session. In addition to feeling relaxed, many patients often report feeling full of energy and positivity following their acupuncture treatment.
Acupuncture is used with caution for patients on Warfarin or any other anti-coagulants. Also, whilst acupuncture is perfectly safe during pregnancy, you should advise your practitioner, as some acupoints are contra-indicated in pregnancy. Also notify your practitioner if you suffer from a condition transmissible by blood (HIV/AIDS, hepatitis) or have a pacemaker.
If you are a blood donor, you cannot donate blood for a minimum of six months following acupuncture treatment (unless your acupuncturist is also a GP). See the IBTS website for more details.
The good news is that many people experience some improvements immediately or shortly after one treatment. Each patient and each condition responds differently to acupuncture; for example, chronic conditions generally take longer to benefit long-term from acupuncture than acute conditions. Therefore, subsequent treatments are usually recommended, and on average 4-6 treatments are the norm to effect a significant & lasting change.
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