Acupuncture is only scary when you’re not working with professionals who know how results can be achieved safely and effectively. This is why finding a good practitioner should be a priority for anyone who wants to explore the world of acupuncture.
As well as being dangerous, seeking help from someone who isn’t qualified could result in negative experiences that prevent you from accessing the real benefits that this treatment method has to offer. In this post, we explore what you should look for when searching for a specialist of acupuncture treatment in London.
Determine Your Needs
Even when working with qualified professionals, your experience with acupuncture will depend largely on your needs. The approach taken will be adjusted by your provider to achieve certain outcomes.
Having this in mind can help you narrow down your searches. For instance, if you’re looking for acupuncture for anxiety rather than for joint pain relief, this can help you find practitioners with a special interest in this condition.
Review Accreditation and Qualifications
Reviewing the credentials of both your practitioner and the centre or facility they work for allows you to filter out any individuals who may not have the necessary training or knowledge to carry out acupuncture work on you. If nothing else, transparency on the part of your provider will help you to feel comfortable and relaxed, which in turn will allow you to embrace your treatment and get the most from it.
For instance, the British Acupuncture Accreditation Board (BAAB) accredits acupuncture courses and serves as a guarantee of sound training, safe practice and professional conduct. Also, it would be good to recommend that people go to a (British Acupuncture Council) BAcC or ATCM registered practitioner to ensure a decent minimum level of training and knowledge.
We get a lot of referrals by word of mouth, but if you don’t know anyone who can recommend a practitioner to you reviews can be useful. For example we at Acubody are five star rated on Google by 150 people, and have been one of the three best rated for acupuncture in London for the past 3 years running.
Ask About Treatment Styles
Acupuncture can often be combined with other treatments and approaches to healthcare, such as herbal medicine. There are also multiple types of acupuncture and different techniques that are used. While to some extent you won’t be able to discern the difference between these approaches, asking about treatment styles upfront can help you to understand the attitudes and approach of your practitioner.
Discuss the Process and Length of Treatment
It can be incredibly useful to understand what you’re getting into before your first treatment session. Knowing in advance what will happen throughout your course, or how many sessions are recommended for your particular condition, can help you to plan your acupuncture program within the context of your life and other priorities.
If you’re in search of safe and reliable London acupuncture treatment, we would love to hear from you. After assessing your needs, we’d be happy to create a program we think meets your requirements, as well as explore how your acupuncture may be supplemented by our other treatments.