How does it work?
Initial assessments take up to 60 mins (depending on the condition) and involve talking through your physical problems, concerns, aims of treatment, and your personal functional goals. A physical assessment is then undertaken, looking at the parts of the body in question, including areas that connect with it or can refer symptoms to it. It is helpful to come prepared with a vest top/T-shirt and shorts as you will need to remove some items of clothing.
Following the physical assessment you will have some form of treatment - either advice and exercises, or other adjuncts (mobilisation, manipulation, taping, electrotherapy) as appropriate for your condition. I work closely with you to ascertain what you want to achieve, and we will develop a treatment plan together, combining your aims, my experience and the evidence base for that specific problem.
Follow up treatments
Follow up treatments take up to 30 mins, and will involve a shortened re-assessment to ascertain how you have progressed, and if you have any concerns, advice, exercise (including reviewing your home exercise plan) and other forms of treatment as required.
If you are attending for your first session of acupuncture then you will either need to wait a short time after receiving it before you drive again, or arrange a lift home, as for some people it can make them drowsy.