Acupuncture needles are extremely fine (less than 0.25mm in diameter) and are made of the highest quality materials, this allows an almost pain free insertion into the body, there is a feeling when the needle "reaches the point", this may a dull ache, feel hot or be like a mild electrical current, this feeling is the desired affect of inserting the needle and will only last a few seconds.
Typically treatments are between 40 - 60 minutes, the first consultation may require a longer time as more information will need to be collected to make a diagnosis.
Yes, if a person cannot accept or is afraid of needles Acupressure can be used, this situation is common and Acupressure is just as effective as Acupuncture.
The amount and frequency of treatments vary depending on the type and severity of the condition, usually one treatment per week is adequate, however there are certain situations were two or even three treatments in a week may be required, a typical treatment course is six weeks, often people with on going health problems may come regularly for "maintenance" or preventive treatments.
No there are no adverse side affects, after treatment you may feel more relaxed and calmer, if you are very run down and tired you may feel the need to sleep, this is because your body now needs time to recover and allow the healing process to begin.
This depends on the condition being treated; there are over 360 points on the body where needles can be inserted, the most commonly used points are on the back, abdomen arms and legs.
The number of needles varies between 2 and 10 and is dependent on what is being treated, a skillfull Acupuncturist will always try to use the least amount of needles possible to get the desired result.
Yes, Acupuncture treatment is safe to have while you having other treatments or taking medication please inform your clinician of any medications you may be taking prior to treatment.
Yes, only single use sterilised needles are used, and then disposed of in a specially designated "sharps" container, all sterilisation complies with the standards set by the New Zealand Department of Health.
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