"Contacting Cristina could be the best footstep along the road to your pain relief and improved wellbeing. Don't be afraid of the needles, they are nothing like injections, often you are barely aware of their insertion, and sensations that they bring about can be warmth or a spreading glow. I was so nervous before my first treatment, but soon realised such qualms were unfounded. Cristina always listens with understanding, compassion and reassurance, making informed and individual decisions as to which treatment would be best suited to you. Throughout your session you are monitored for comfort and effect of the treatment".
DOES IT HURT?
Acupuncture needles are extremely thin. You may feel a dull, tingling sensation as they reach the acupuncture point. For most patients, the pain is much less than they initially expected.
HOW DO I PREPARE FOR A TREATMENT?
Try to eat a light meal approximately two hours prior to your treatment. It is best to avoid having treatment on an empty stomach or after a heavy meal as you may feel lightheaded or uncomfortable.
Avoid consuming any caffeine or alcohol for at least two hours before your acupuncture session as this may interfere with your treatment.
It is advisable to wear loose-fitting comfortable clothes on the day of your appointment. Many commonly used acupuncture points are located on the lower arms and legs and this will make needling easier for the acupuncturist.
It is recommended not to brush your tongue for 24 hours before your appointment. Observing the tongue is an important diagnostic tool used by acupuncturists.
WHAT WILL HAPPEN AFTER TREATMENT?
Most patients tend to feel energised or more relaxed after treatment. However, you may feel quite tired or drowsy if the treatment has been particularly strong. Please take this into account if you are planning to drive or use machinery. It is a good idea to set some time aside to relax after your session.
HOW OFTEN WILL I NEED TREATMENT?
About four weekly treatments are usually recommended to make a significant change. The frequency will be decreased depending on how your treatment progresses and how if best suits your needs.
HOW MANY TREATMENTS WILL I NEED?
Acupuncture treatment plans are all unique to each patient and the number of sessions will vary depending on your condition. As a general rule, acute conditions may require only a few sessions, whereas a long standing illness could take longer to improve.
SHOULD I TELL MY DOCTOR?
It would be advisable to let your doctor know that you are planning to have acupuncture. Although acupuncture treatment may help you reduce or stop some forms of medication, you should never make any changes to your prescribed medication before consulting your doctor.
IS ACUPUNCTURE SAFE?
Acupuncture is considered a safe treatment which, at times, can cause minor side effects, like tiredness, dizziness or local bruising. The risk of a serious adverse reaction is extremely rare. All acupuncture needles are single used, sterile, and disposable.