What to expect at your first acupuncture treatment : part 2

So what’s next? In the first post I started to tell you about a typical acupuncture treatment, miss the details? Read more about it here.

So continuing on we are ready to start the treatment, let’s answer some of the common questions I get.

Do I need to undress?

Generally no. But. it does depend on what symptoms I am treating, most of the time you will just need to roll up you trousers and sleeves as a lot of the acupuncture points we use are on the ankles and feet. Sometimes I’ll need to get to your back so you may need to remove a little more. It’s a good idea to wear loose comfortable clothing that can be easily adjusted. Where possible I’ll also make sure you are covered with towels or a blanket.

Where will the needles go?

There are over 365 points on the body that we can use, saying that, I certainly won’t be using them all. As I mentioned above often points are on your lower legs and wrists, occasionally on your head and abdomen. Or we can do a treatment with you laying face down and use points on your back.

I will explain where I am going to be putting the needles throughout the treatment and you are always welcome to ask me more about the treatment. If you feel uncomfortable with any of the points you can just let me know, as there is usually a good alternative.

Does it hurt?

If you are not fond of needles, rest assured, acupuncture needles are very fine and noting like those used for injections. You often won’t feel the needles as they go in. The sensation can be one of tingling or heaviness, it might travel along your arm and leg.  It can feel a little strange at the start, but you soon get used to the feeling and most people find it very relaxing.

How long do the needles stay in?

Again this may vary from person to person, but usually 20-30 minutes. It will depend on other techniques that I use and what we are trying to achieve. I leave you there to relax. Sometimes I may leave the room for a short time (don’t worry I’m always nearby if you need anything) other times I’ll sit quietly and let you relax.

What happens next?

After you’ve had some time to relax, I’ll take the needles out. After the treatment you will usually feel really relaxed, possibly a little sleepy, sometimes more energised. It’s a good idea to pay attention to how you feel over the next few days. I will always chat to you some more about what you might expect and you are always welcome to get in touch if you have any questions between your appointments.


Phew!! You’ve made it through your first acupuncture treatment. I’m sure you have some more questions feel free to leave a comment below or give me a call and we can talk about how acupuncture can help you.


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