Mark Riley Acupuncture

What to expect #01

Frequently Asked Questions

Before treatment there are several things to bear in mind:
- Many commonly used acupuncture points are located on the lower arms and legs, so it is helpful to wear clothing that allows access to these areas
- Try not to go for treatment on an empty stomach or after a heavy meal

Your First Consultation
During your first visit Mark will gain a thorough understanding of your main complaint and general health. This involves asking questions about current symptoms and medical history. You might feel that some questions appear unrelated to your condition but it all helps to form a complete picture of your health and lifestyle. Mark will take your pulse on both wrists and feel for areas of muscular tension or pain.

Mark will make a diagnosis and treatment plan then use very fine single-use pre-sterilised needles to stimulate specific acupuncture points on your body. Because energy meridians range across the whole body, the points used are not necessarily close to where you experience pain or discomfort. For example, if you suffer from headaches needles might be inserted in your foot or hand.

Does acupuncture hurt?
No! Many people are put off having acupuncture because they think it will hurt. It doesn’t. The needles are tiny, incredibly fine – about the size of a few hairs on your head. Mark uses the most high quality needles which are incredibly fine, smooth and painfree. The sensation is nothing like having an injection. It is a unique feeling often described as a dull ache which triggers feelings of calmness and tranquility. Most people find it very relaxing and drift off to sleep during treatment

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