Acupuncture for everyone
Acupuncture aims to bring the body, mind and emotions back to harmony. It looks at the human body through an Eastern paradigm, where bodily processes are powered and maintained by the flow of Qi energy. Acupuncture points are sited in key locations for influencing the flow of Qi, and are used to restore a smooth flow.
Here are a few of the things Jessica's clients have said:
"Her approach is very warm, insightful and highly intelligent and she helps you understand every step of the acupuncture process."
"I was impressed with the professional and caring service I received and wouldn't hesitate to recommend Jessica to friend and colleagues"
"Jessica is very professional but at the same time she makes you feel very comfortable and relaxed with the process. I would recommend an acupuncture session with Jessica to anyone!"
Your first appointment
Your first appointment will be 90 mins long to give time for a detailed discussion of the reason you have come for acupuncture, and about the rest of your wellbeing. Then, as you lie or sit on the treatment couch, she will use fine, sterile, disposable needles on the acupuncture points you need. Some needles may be inserted only briefly and others left in for up to 20 minutes.
How will the needles feel?
A lot of people feel some nervousness about having acupuncture. This rarely outlasts your first treatment - it's often a much bigger deal in your imagination than it is in reality! The experience of being needled never seems to stop anyone coming back for more.
Preparing for your appointment
You don't need to make any special preparations, just come wearing comfortable loose clothing, and try not to come when very hungry, full, or tired. When you book your first appointment, Jessica will send a health questionnaire for you to complete and bring with you. This will help focus your time with Jessica on the key areas for you.
Members of the British Acupuncture Council (BAcC) follow its Code of Safe Practice, to ensure hygiene and safety. This is "approved by the Department of Health, and provides protection against the transmission of infectious diseases."
A review by the British Medical Journal in 2001 found that "The conclusion that acupuncture is a very safe intervention in the hands of a competent practitioner seems justified on the evidence available. Certainly the dangers of many orthodox procedures are greater, though no easy comparisons can be made."
A review by the US National Institutes of Health in 1997 concluded that: "One of the advantages of acupuncture is that the incidence of adverse effects is substantially lower than that of many drugs or other accepted medical procedures used for the same conditions. As an example, musculoskeletal conditions, such as fibromyalgia, myofascial pain, and tennis elbow, or epicondylitis, are conditions for which acupuncture may be beneficial. These painful conditions are often treated with, among other things, anti-inflammatory medications (aspirin, ibuprofen, etc.) or with steroid injections. Both medical interventions have a potential for deleterious side effects but are still widely used and are considered acceptable treatments. The evidence supporting these therapies is no better than that for acupuncture."
Each of us responds differently to acupuncture. Do get in touch to discuss whether acupuncture is likely to be right for you, or to make an appointment.
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