What does acupuncture feel like?
People respond in many ways to acupuncture treatments. When the needle is inserted you will feel a little pin prick in the skin that is very slight and lasts for only a second. Once the needles have penetrated the skin, the practitioner will use varying techniques to acquire what is called De Chi, which is essentially tapping into your energy flow.

This feeling can be a dull pain, tingling or mild electric feeling traveling to another point. It is important that the client communicates these feelings with the practitioner. The needles used are hair-thin and like no other needles used in the medical practices, they are sterile stainless steel needles for single use only.

Is Acupuncture Safe?
Acupuncture is a low risk, safe and non-invasive therapy with no inherent side effects. Some people experience bruising, headaches or lethargy, however these symptoms will pass after a short period of time. People who have excessive bruising or bleeding should generally avoid acupuncture as there is a chance it can damage the blood vessels.

Caution must be taken with pregnant women, there are certain points that are contraindicated in pregnancy. However acupuncture is excellent for morning sickness, nausea and general side effects of pregnancy.

What can I Expect from my First Treatment?
Acupuncture works to treat the individual as opposed to the disease or illness, therefore the first consultation will involve questions about lifestyle, previous illness, diet and a full medical history.

The practitioner will ask questions that might seem irrelevant to the illness, however they are building up a framework and individual diagnoses, feel free to ask the relevance of any question asked.
The first consultation normally lasts about one and a half hours and one hour for subsequent treatments.

How many treatments will I need?
The amount of treatment varies depending on the severity of the illness and the bodies ability to heal itself and how it responds to the therapy. Generally speaking a course of treatments will vary between ten and twelve. Acute illnesses will need less treatment than chronic cases. Generally you should start to see improvements and noticeable changes on the 4th or 5th session.

It is important that the practitioner and client keep note of changing symptoms, both mentally and physically during each session. Client and practitioner are working together to improve the overall health and well-being of the client and not just alleviating the symptoms of an illness.

How Do I Book a Treatment?
Please ring the main Sandycove physiotherapy number to make a booking…. 01 214 05 75

If you have further questions or are still not sure whether Acupuncture is right for you please email queries to hello@acuhealthcare.ie or call Marianne McCabe on 087 969 74 13