What to Expect During Your First Acupuncture Treatment in Central London

Feeling apprehensive about your first acupuncture treatment? While you may have already learned that this alternative method of treatment could offer you major benefits, we understand when newcomers are hesitant to step through our doors.

After all, acupuncture is a seemingly new and unknown treatment for most people. However, we‘re here to tell you that being one of the oldest forms of pain relief and achieving overall wellness, it is also an incredibly low risk form of medicine.

What to Expect During Your First Acupuncture Session

The acupuncture treatment process involves the insertion of thin, metallic needles into your skin in specific parts of your body. However, the sensation of these small needles penetrating your skin are not likely to cause any significant discomfort. Most people report only minimal pain, if any, and a general sensation of pressure.

Potential Sensations Experienced During Acupuncture

Although acupuncture is generally not considered painful, sensations can also vary depending on the specific body area undergoing acupuncture and the individual’s pain threshold, as well as how comfortable someone is with the idea of needles. Potential sensations might include:

  • Light pressure
  • Gentle tingling
  • Mild pain
  • Ache
  • Heat
  • Friction
  • Electromagnetic energy

Are Acupuncture Treatments Safe?

Acupuncture is a method of treatment that is widely used throughout the world and in the UK. It is also officially recognised and recommended by the NHS for certain patients.

As well as adhering to industry health and safety practices, practitioners at our central London acupuncture centre will always conduct thorough equipment checks. We only use sterile disposable needles. For the treatment patients will be positioned comfortably on the secure hygienic treatment table.

How Long Is a Treatment Session?

Our sessions generally last between 30 to 60 minutes, however, this might vary depending on the treatment being administered on the day and the nature of the ailment being addressed. We always try to accommodate people with injuries as best we can and ensure the process goes smoothly.

How Many Needles Are Used?

This will always depend on your symptoms and what is being treated, but it is normal to expect around 10-12 needles to be used in one treatment.

What Happens After the Treatment?

After the treatment you may feel tired. Acupuncture can often induce a feeling of relaxation and we advise you to rest, listen to your body, and drink plenty of fluids—rather than taking on anything that is too physically demanding or emotionally strenuous.

You may feel the relief of pain immediately or it may take a little while. Our team will offer more information and guidance based on your specific profile and ailment in terms of what benefits you can expect to receive and over what period of time.

Visit Our Central London Acupuncture Clinic 

If you are visiting Acubody you will be in good hands, however, if you cannot make it to our central London acupuncture clinic or are considering another practitioner, always remember that acupuncture is only safe and reliable when administered by certified and experienced practitioners.

Acubody is a fully qualified member of the British Acupuncture Council – the foremost professional body for acupuncture in the UK. We are always happy to walk you through the process at your own pace while addressing any additional questions or concerns you might have during your initial session.