WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT YOUR APPOINTMENT
Before attending your appointment.
In line with Government guidelines if you or a member of your household are experiencing symptoms of Coronavirus you should stay at home, arrange a test and NOT attend your acupuncture appointment. Please let us know as soon as possible if you are needing to cancel your appointment. If you have underlying health conditions and are therefore particularly vulnerable and unsure if it is wise for you to attend our clinic then please contact us to discuss your particular circumstances.
When you attend your appointment.
Please come alone if possible to minimise the number of people in the clinic at any one time. For the same reasons it would be helpful if you can try and time your arrival at the clinic as close to the appointment time as possible to avoid having to spend time in the waiting area.
You will be asked to confirm each time you attend that you do not have Coronavirus symptoms (a fever, new cough or loss of smell/taste).
We will be observing social distancing when moving around the clinic and ask you to help us with this.
We will be wearing face masks and in the interests of protecting all our patients we are making face coverings mandatory for all patients. If you do not have a face covering unfortunately we will be unable to treat you.
There will be hand sanitiser available when you enter the clinic, please use it on the way in and out.
We are needing to adopt more cleaning before, during and after the clinic and will not be able to use pillows and blankets in the usual way. Please consider this and wear something that we can work around (bare lower arms and legs) while still keeping you warm. You can bring a clean blanket from home if you wish.
As well as wearing face masks, we will be trying to keep face to face time to a minimum (not as much chatting as usual but more time for your needles to do their work). Where possible we will be maintaining social distancing for as much of your appointment as possible. The treatment chairs will be spaced more than 2m apart. Chairs will be cleaned between patients. Obviously we can not keep to social distancing while we are inserting the needles but this time will be kept to a minimal. You will then be able to relax in your own space as usual.
We are now able to take contactless card payments. We can of course still take cash for those who prefer.
Test and Trace.
Because of the way we move patients around the clinic and the measures we have taken (face coverings, hand sanitiser, distancing of chairs etc) it is hoped that everyone remains safe. In the unlikely event that one of us or one of our patients develop Covid-19 we might be contacted by Test and Trace. We anticipate that as no body in the clinic will have been in ‘close contact’ for more than 15mins (even though you will be in the clinic for longer) we will not need to supply names and contact details. However, after discussion with Test and Trace if they request details we will provide them. Under any other circumstance we would not pass any of our patient’s details on to a third party but in this instance we feel we need to consider the health and wellbeing of our wider community.
Despite the reduction in cost we are committed to ensuring high quality patient care.
As a member of the British Acupuncture Council, our practice adheres to the strict Code of Practice stipulated by this organisation. Please CLICK HERE to visit The British Acupuncture Council.
What happens when I first go for treatment?
Your first visit will take about 1½ hours with subsequent visits lasting between ¾ hour to 1hour. At the initial consultation you will be asked about your current symptoms and any treatment you might be undergoing. You will also be asked in some detail about your health in general, medical history and lifestyle. The acupuncturist will examine your tongue and feel your pulse, using both wrists. All this gives important information in order to make a diagnosis using Chinese Medicine. You will then have needles inserted into specific acupuncture points relevant to your diagnosis.
What does it feel like?
Acupuncture needles are finer than needles used to give injections or take blood. When the needle is inserted you may feel a tingling or dull sensation. Most people find acupuncture treatments relaxing.
What Conditions can be treated?
The Advertising Standards Agency no longer allows acupuncturists to list conditions treated by acupuncture. Please CLICK HERE to link to the World Health Organisation and view their list of conditions for which acupuncture can be used.
What about Privacy?
Your first consultation will be in private, in a separate room to the one you will receive treatment in. At subsequent appointments the discussion as to your progress will be in the main treatment room. If at any time you wish further private discussion, this can be arranged by speaking to Eileen or Jane.
Screens are used to divide up the treatment area, allowing patient to feel they have their ‘own space’ while the acupuncture needles are doing their work.
Many commonly used acupuncture points are located on the lower arm and lower leg, avoiding the necessity to remove clothing. If points on your back or tummy are used privacy is ensured with the use of blankets.
Some people feel more comfortable having treatment in the relaxed open space of the community setting.
Is it safe?
The results of two independent surveys published in the British Medical Journal in 2001, (MacPhearson et al, White et al, both BMJ September 2001) concluded that the risk of serious adverse reaction to acupuncture is less than 1 in 10,000. The needles are sterile single use and disposable. Response to treatment can sometimes include tiredness or mild dizziness, and very occasionally mild bruising may occur, all such reactions are however short lived.
Should my doctor know?
If you have been prescribed medication it is recommended you tell your doctor you are planning on having acupuncture.
Do not stop taking your medication. You should always tell your acupuncturist about any medication or supplement you are taking as this may affect your response to the acupuncture treatment.
BAcC acupuncturists are trained to recognise any potentially serious underlying health conditions and may refer you to your GP if appropriate.
How should I prepare for treatment?
It is advisable not to go for treatment on an empty stomach or after a heavy meal, and to avoid alcohol before an acupuncture treatment.
Some acupuncture points are located on the lower arm and legs, so it is helpful to wear loose fitting clothing which can be rolled up.
You should refrain from vigorous exercise after treatment, and ideally, give yourself a little time to rest. It is advisable not to drink alcohol for several hours after treatment.
How many sessions will I need?
Frequency and number of sessions depends on your individual condition and how long you have been troubled by it. Some change is usually felt within 5 – 6 treatments, although occasionally just one or two treatments may be sufficient. You may be asked to attend weekly to begin with. Some people choose to have regular acupuncture to maintain good health.