How soon will I feel the benefits of acupuncture?
This depends on the individual and how they respond. Some benefit is usually felt by treatment six, some feel better whilst still on the treatment couch but it can depend on the condition. A typical course of treatment starts weekly and as the condition improves the appointments become further apart.
How many treatments will I need?
This does vary depending on the condition but Sharon’s goal as your practitioner is to carry out as few treatments as possible. At the start of each session Sharon reviews your progress and together you decide on your next appointment.
Can I stop my prescribed medication?
Sharon will never request that you cease or reduce your medication this MUST to be discussed with your GP. It is not unusual for patients to feel less reliant on their medication.
Should my doctor know that I am receiving treatment?
You can inform your GP, it can be helpful but it is up to you.
Can I have other treatments whilst having acupuncture?
Yes, but preferable let one treatment bed in before attempting another within a two day period. Treatments can work well in conjunction with each other.
Is Sharon a safe practitioner?
Yes, she is qualified after undertaking a comprehensive three year training course and is a member of the British Acupuncture Council.
I am pregnant can I have treatment?
Yes you can, acupuncture can help with nausea and vomiting. Sharon has attended a Debra Betts training course, Debra is a fully trained acupuncturist and midwife. Importantly you should tell Sharon if you are pregnant or trying for a baby as this will affect your treatment plan.
Will I need to undress for treatment?
During the initial consultation you will need to undress down to your underwear but a blanket is provided and only the areas needed are exposed. You are always left in privacy whilst disrobing. During subsequent treatments only the area Sharon is working on will need exposing, for example the legs or arms.
Will the acupuncture needles hurt?
The needles used are very fine and insertion is usually pain free. Sometimes a sensation is felt after the needle is inserted as the qi moves, but this quickly passes. It can be a dull ache, slight sting or pulling action.
Can I bring someone to treatment with me?
You are welcome to bring in a friend or family member if you want them to attend the treatment with you. However, Sharon has no waiting facility outside of the treatment room in Sibbertoft. If you are sixteen or under you will need a parent or legal guardian with you as Sharon needs their consent to treat you in their presence.
How will I feel after treatment?
This depends on the individual; some feel calm and relaxed others may feel tired or light headed but this is usually short-lived. Sometimes symptoms are worse for a period afterwards but this is temporary and will pass with subsequent treatments.
Are there any side effects to acupuncture?
Acupuncture is non- invasive and safe, however, sometimes there can be a slight spotting of blood or a bruise, but these are rare. Arnica can be applied to the bruised area. Blood spotting usually lasts only a few seconds. Two independent surveys (Mac Pherson et al: White et al: both September 2001) published in the British Medical Journal concluded that the risk of serious adverse reaction to acupuncture is less than 1 in 10,000.
Where are the needles inserted?
Once the initial treatment is complete 90% of treatment is carried out either below the knees or the elbows, although occasionally Sharon inserts needles into the torso. Unless you are having facial acupuncture only rarely are needles inserted into the head.