You may be asked to remove some of your outer clothing. To preserve your modesty, only the areas of the body being treated are exposed during the treatment and a sheet or a towel may be offered for your comfort, if required.
You will usually be asked to lie down on a treatment couch, but acupuncture can be administered with you sitting up if required.
Acupuncture needles will be inserted into the most appropriate acupuncture points. This may be away from the site of the problem. The needles will usually be left in place for an average of 10-15 minutes, although this may be shorter or longer, depending on the problem being treated. During this time most patients feel quite relaxed, some even fall asleep. At the end of the treatment, the needles will be painlessly removed. We will then safely dispose of them.
As part of your acupuncture management, you may be advised on lifestyle and healthcare improvement. For example, modifications to the levels of exercise, rest and relaxation and dietary alterations may be recommended. This lifestyle counselling will help you to recover faster and to prevent future health problems.