How many sessions will I need?
This is a difficult question to answer. As a general rule, the longer the condition has been present, the more sessions will be required, (which is why it’s a good idea to seek treatment early on).
For fertility treatment, I would advise to allow for 3 months of weekly treatments to see significant, lasting improvement in the menstrual cycle or sperm quality. Musculoskelatal conditions vary greatly depending on the complexity of the problem. Some patients may only need a few sessions whereas others may need up to a dozen sessions to see their complaint completely resolve. For internal conditions, it may be that it can be resolved completely in 6-12 sessions. In longstanding, complex conditions, it may be that what acupuncture can offer is symptomatic relief and this will be prioritised depending on what is most important to the patient.
I’m aware that some patients might not feel that acupuncture is for them which is fine and there’s never any obligation to continue if this is the case. Most patients however, really enjoy the treatment and find there are benefits beyond that which they are seeking treatment for and come back time and time again for ongoing prevention and health maintenance.
Does it hurt?
Strangely…no! There is a dull ache at the needle site once it’s in. Deep massage can be uncomfortable but patients describe it as a “therapeutic pain”.
Do I have to wear any special clothing?
Gents coming for back pain may like to bring a pair of shorts. Ladies, loose trousers are easier than a skirt and tights but it’s not too important.
Are there any side effects?
Most patients feel relaxed and possibly a bit sleepy after treatment. Patients are advised to avoid alcohol or strong caffiene for the rest of the day. On rare occasions a small bruise may appear where a needle has been inserted. I’ve known patients feel a bit emotional after treatment and may even cry (but feel better afterwards).
Can I claim on health insurance?
Many private health insurers cover acupuncture treatment however you will need to check your individual policy. Receipts are available if required, insurers reimburse for treatment directly.