What to expect

You can expect to be treated with respect. You can expect to be treated as an individual. You can expect to be listened to and have your questions answered honestly.

When you arrive at the Brighton and Health Wellbeing Centre, you can walk through the ground floor waiting area, though to the first floor waiting area. There is no need to check in at reception. You can have a seat in the first floor waiting area and you will be greeted.

Initial treatments are always a little longer than subsequent treatments because they include a 30- 45 minute consultation before your treatment. The consultation is your time to tell your story and for me to ask questions. Some questions will be about your condition, others might seem less directly related by are asked to establish a pattern based on Chinese medicine theory. For example, I might ask about levels of thirst, or sleep patterns for a skin condition. All questions help create a Chinese medicine pattern which have been used for centuries for treatment. If you have a pain issue, I might do some muscle testing or palpation, with your permission, to pin point the cause of pain. To help with diagnosis I also look at the appearance of your tongue (tongue’s give a great clue as to what is happening in the body) and take your pulse.

After the consultation, your acupuncture treatment will begin. Every effort is made so that you are relaxed and comfortable. In most circumstances you can stay completely dressed and just roll sleeves up to the elbow and trousers legs to the knee. If any disrobing is required, you will be assured the upmost discretion, comfort and warmth. We are well supplied with blankets.

Single use, sterile needles are carefully put in the points and I will ask feedback with each point. I want to know what you feel. Some people have no sensation when the needles are placed in, some feel a small pin prick. Every person is individual. However, I do look for you to feel something. That ‘something’ can be a tingling, a warmth, a spreading sensation, an ache, or a heaviness. This is called ‘de qi’ and it is a good indicator that we got it right. Most people are quite surprised at how different acupuncture can feel when you’re ‘Qi’ is moving.

Once the needles are in place, you are left to rest with the needles ‘working’ for 20 minutes. I may adjust the needles mid treatment depending on the individual.

During treatment I may use additional modalities such as a heat lamp, herbal oil, cupping, or electro-acupuncture. I also have additional training in auricular acupuncture (ear acupuncture) which can be added to treatments for increase effectiveness.

After 20 minutes, the needles are removed. Some people feel extremely relaxed, others feel clear headed. Again, it is very individual. When treating pain it is not uncommon to have an immediate reduction of pain after treatment.

Subsequent treatments are exactly the same but with only a 10 minute consultation so entire appointment time is 45 minutes.