Some people turn to acupuncture for help with a specific symptom or condition. Others choose to have treatment to help maintain good health, as a preventive measure, or simply to improve their general sense of wellbeing. Because traditional acupuncture aims to treat the whole person rather than specific symptoms in isolation, it can be effective for a range of conditions.
Remember that acupuncturists treat the person, not just the condition which they have, so each patient's treatment plan will be different. However, you can always ask your practitioner about other patients' experiences, to give you an idea of what to expect. Many people return to acupuncture again and again because they find it so beneficial and relaxing.
In 2009 the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence recommended that acupuncture should be made available on the NHS, as a cost-effective short-term treatment for the management of early, persistent non-specific lower back pain.
Acupuncture originated in China and other far eastern cultures where it still features in mainstream healthcare, both as a stand-alone therapy and in combination with conventional western medicine. Acupuncture is now widely used and accepted all over the world. In the
UK more and more people are finding out what acupuncture can do for them.
How long does an acupuncture session last?
Once the needles used in acupuncture are inserted, they will be left in place for between 15-30 minutes, depending on the type of treatment you require. In some cases, acupuncture needles will be inserted and then removed a few seconds later. Most acupuncture sessions last between 20-30 minutes.
How many sessions will I need?
It depends on what kind of condition you have. You will be asked to see by our acupuncturist once or twice a week. You may start to feel benefits after the first or second treatment, but in order to feel the full benefits of the treatment you normally require approximately 6-12 sessions, eventhough long-standing and chronic conditions will need more sessions to improve. Once your condition is getting well we may still ask you to top-up treatments every few weeks. Nowadays, more and more people start to realize that Traditional acupuncture is not only the very effective treatment for disease but also had been widely used as preventive healthcare. Many people like to go for a 'retuning' session like a body "MOT" at the change of each season throughout the year.
Your first treatment
At your first acupuncture session, an assessment of your general health and medical history will be obtained. You will be asked about your symptoms,nd will also enquire about the type of treatment you have received up until now. Questions about your lifestyle, such as your sleeping and eating habits etc may also be asked. After assessing your health and symptoms, your tongue will be looked at, as Chinese medicine practitioners believe that the colour and coating of your tongue can be a good indication of what is happening inside your body. Your pulse will be measured in both wrists and will be looking to measure the quality, rhythm, and strength of your pulse. During an acupuncture session, you will normally be asked to sit, or lie down. You may also be asked to remove some parts of your clothing, so that acupuncture points on your body can be assessed. Needles are normally inserted between half a centimetre, to several centimetres into your skin. These needles are single-use, pre-sterilised fine needles, which are disposed of immediately after use.
Is acupuncture safe?
Acupuncture is one of the safest medical treatments, both conventional and complementary, on offer in the UK.
Two surveys conducted independently of each other and published in the British Medical Journal in 2001 concluded that the risk of a serious adverse reaction to acupuncture is less than 1 in 10,000. This is far less than many orthodox medical treatments.
One survey was of traditional acupuncturists and the other of doctors who practise acupuncture. A total of 66,000 treatments were reviewed altogether, with only a handful of minor and transient side effects recorded.A 2003 survey of 6,000 patients of acupuncture produced almost identical figures.There are very few side effects from acupuncture when practised 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.
Statement of the Massage Services
We want to emphasise that under no circumstances the sexual services will agree to provide at our premises. we are only interested in providing therapeutic massage services and although most of our customers are fine with this there are a small number of them who occasionally get the wrong idea.
It can be very embarrassing to both of us if anything inappropriate is mentioned. To prevent this embarrassment we would appreciate it if you did not bring this topic up in the first place.
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The Nudity Factor
During a Swedish massage you are generally nude underneath a towel or sheet. The therapist uncovers only the part of the body he/she is working on, a technique called draping. But your private part will keep covering during the whole procedure. If the nudity gets you out of your comfort zone, you can keep your underwear on, and many new costomers do.
Will A Deep Tissue Massage Hurt?
It shouldn't hurt, but it's likely to be a bit more uncomfortable than a classic Swedish massage. You should always feel free to speak up if the pressure is too much for you.
It's important to drink a lot of water after a deep tissue massage to help flush lactic acid out of the tissues. If you don't, you might be sore the next day.
It's possible that you might feel some soreness the day after a deep tissue massage even if you DO drink water. This just means a lot of waste products were flushed out of the tissues. It should pass within a day or so.
Precautions For Massage
Massage is not recommended for certain people:
People with infectious skin disease, rash, open wounds or sunburn.
Immediately after surgery
Immediately after chemotherapy or radiation, unless recommended by your doctor
People prone to blood clots. There is a risk of blood clots being dislodged. If you have diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease, or are on medication that thins your blood, check with your doctor before having a massage
Pregnant women should check with their doctor first if they are considering getting a massage. Massage in pregnant women should be done by massage therapists who are certified in pregnancy massage.
You also may want to reconsider if you are menopausal, as it may trigger a hot flash.
Additional Massage Tips
· Don't eat a heavy meal before the massage
· If it's your first time at the clinic, arrive at least 10 minutes early to complete the necessary forms. Otherwise, arrive 5 minutes early so you can have a few minutes to rest and relax before starting the massage.