Your First Appointment
Most people are understandably a bit nervous about their first acupuncture appointment so hopefully the information here will help you understand what to expect. If after reading this you would like some more information please do contact me directly and I will do my best to answer any questions you might have. Also read the frequently asked questions section on this website as that might answer some of your questions.
When you first arrive you will be asked to fill in a short form with some basic details such as your name, address, GP, medical history and any medication you are currently taking.
You will then be asked about your main complaint. A wide range of questions will also be asked about the various systems of your body to assess their functioning such as digestion, sleep, breathing. You also will be asked questions that may not seem relevant to your main complaint. The reason for this is that as an acupuncturist I am interested in your whole health history and consider all aspects of your life that may have contributed to your current condition. In acupuncture, the state of our mental and emotional health is considered equally as important as our physical health and an imbalance in any one of those aspects of us can also negatively impact the others.
The consultation may involve conventional diagnostics such as taking blood pressure. A physical examination may also be carried out such as examining joints or the abdomen. Acupuncturists also take the radial pulse on both sides of the wrist and look at your tongue as these are diagnostic tools of traditional acupuncture and help aid my diagnosis.
You can also have a look at some needles which will give you a good idea of what they look like and ask about any aspect of the treatment that you are unclear about. From all of this information your own personnel treatment plan will be created and there will probably be time for a short treatment. Subsequent sessions will be around 45 to 60 minutes. “Illnesses may be identical but the people suffering from them are different…”