Why should I try acupuncture?
It is estimated that around 90 per cent of chronic pain is neuropathic in nature, which means that it is caused by a malfunction in the way the brain perceives pain signals from an area that has previously had some sort of trauma or strain. Over time this chronic pain leads to reduced blood supply and muscle tightness in the area, making it difficult to heal. By stimulating the nervous system, acupuncture needles can initiate rapid pain relief by directing the body to release natural pain-killing chemicals at the site of the pain, which in turn creates a healing response in which blood flow is increased and the surrounding muscles can relax. Similarly, many internal and emotional conditions such as stress and irritability are also exacerbated by this same process of impeded blood flow, for example to the digestive system, or to the liver, leading to reduced ability to remove stress hormones from the blood. Acupuncture can relax the internal muscles and restore healthy blood flow (please see my blog article How Acupuncture Works, for more in depth information on this process)
What should I expect from treatment?
During your initial consultation, I will ask questions about your symptoms and undertake a structural diagnosis of any musculoskeletal problems. I will also use the Traditional Chinese diagnosis techniques of feeling the pulse at the wrists and looking at the tongue in order to build up a complete picture of your individual state of health.
In accordance with the diagnosis, needles will be inserted along neural pathways that will allow the body to pinpoint where the problem is located and initiate a natural healing response, with rapid pain relief. If you have had acupuncture before, this style may seem unusual as it does not rely on needles inserted locally into the problem area. Instead by mapping the nervous system of a limb to another limb or to the body, an effective treatment can be employed using needles in points located anywhere from the knee to the toes and elbow to the fingers. This means that the patient rarely has to disrobe, but on occasions where points may be required on the back or abdomen, a gown will be provided.
Where appropriate, additional therapies such as a heat lamp, Chinese massage (tuina), cupping, moxibustion or guasha may be used.
How long will the effects last?
The pain relief from the initial session can last anything from several hours to several days, after which it may begin to return, albeit at a lower intensity. This is a sign that acupuncture is highly likely to work for this condition, but it will require further stimulation of the nervous system to retrain it, so that the body can fully resolve the problem (see my blog article How Acupuncture Works for more information). It is highly beneficial if, in the early stages of treatment, the patient can receive at least 2 treatments per week, as this will bring about a stronger and more rapid retraining of the nervous system. Thus, rather than managing symptoms, the condition can fully resolve. Since I realise that this can be financially problematic, I offer a second treatment in a week at a reduced rate (see Pricing section below). This provides two treatments for a total cost comparable to one session with many other types of therapy.
How many treatments will be required?
Acupuncture doesn’t require any belief in it for it to work. What it does require is the same commitment that is necessary for any other physical medicine, i.e. to give it a fair chance to work. Fortunately, this does not mean blindly putting faith in having a long course of treatments. For most painful conditions, the Balance Method of acupuncture should provide significant relief from symptoms within 3 treatments. In which case it will be evident to you that the technique is working and then we can work out how many sessions may be needed to fully resolve the condition. If after 3 sessions nothing is changing, it is likely that there is a structural defect affecting the nerve, for which acupuncture is less likely to be effective. In which case, I will suggest seeking further medical investigations and/or structural manipulation therapies.
What does it feel like?
Acupuncture needles are much finer than those used for injections and blood tests. When the needle is inserted, the sensation is frequently described as a tingling or dull ache. This sensation is momentary and quickly dissipates.
Is it safe?
Acupuncture is a very safe therapy. All needles used are single-use, sterile and disposable. As the body adjusts to the effects of the treatment, some people may feel temporarily tired or mildly dizzy.
Initial Consultation + Treatment (1 hour 30 mins): £35
Subsequent Treatments (1 Hour): £30
If more than 2 appointments are required within the space of a week, the second appointment will offered at a discounted rate of £20
Where are you?
Rob Veater Acupuncture is located in Colne Engaine, a picturesque village, a short drive from the towns of Earls Colne, Pebmarsh, Halstead, Sudbury and Colchester. Click here for more information.