Frequently Asked Questions

Here is a collection of frequently asked questions and answers, regarding what basic information you might like to know before booking an acupuncture appointment.  Hopefully these short and ‘to the point’ responses will make you feel more at ease when considering acupuncture as a therapy.

Does acupuncture hurt?
How many sessions are normally required, and how often?
What should I wear when attending a session?
Can I drive home straight after an acupuncture session?
Can I receive acupuncture on my private medical insurance?
Is acupuncture safe during pregnancy?

 

Does acupuncture hurt?

Acupuncture is not painful. The needles used are extremely fine, much finer than a needle used to inject medication, or draw blood. Depending on the location on the body, and the person, the sensation felt when a needle is inserted can be a dull ache, a very light scratch sensation, or no feeling at all!
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How many sessions are normally required, and how often?

This will depend on the condition, and the person. Some conditions will only require a few sessions, and show a marked improvement straight away. This is more likely with newer onset conditions. Other, more long-standing conditions may require longer treatment plans. Initially, sessions usually take place once a week, occasionally twice a week, but can be reduced to once a fortnight over the medium to longer term. The treatment plan will be discussed at your very first session, and will be re-evaluated as the sessions go forward, as some people respond quicker than others.
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What should I wear when attending a session?

The most commonly used acupuncture points are located on the forearms, hands, and below the knee, so loose fitting clothes will normally be adequate. However, sometimes acupuncture points on the back or front may need to be used, depending on the complaint / condition. In these cases, some clothing may need to be loosened or removed.
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Can I drive home straight after an acupuncture session?

Yes. A session of acupuncture session does not normally leave the client feeling unwell. However, if it is your first session, and you are a bit apprehensive, arrange for a friend or family member to drive you home, just in case you feel a little light headed.
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Can I receive acupuncture on my private medical insurance?

Many policies now allow acupuncture, so check your policy documentation or help line. Most insurers will require a GP referral, and will require receipts for the treatments to be claimed back.
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Is acupuncture safe during pregnancy?

Yes, however, always let your acupuncturist know if you are pregnant, or think you may be pregnant. Some acupuncture points are avoided during pregnancy, and your acupuncturist will want to use alternative points, or even a different therapy (cupping etc).
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