Surprisingly to most new patients, acupuncture is very relaxing. We will talk you through everything we do and we will answer all your questions. All our needles are sterile and are hair-thin so treatments are usually pain-free. Acupuncture is based on the complex and comprehensive system of Chinese Medicine, using these very fine needles inserted into specific points on the body. Most treatments involve up to 12 needles put into different places. It can be useful for all aches and pains in joints, neck and back but also for issues such as insomnia, gynaecology/ pregnancy/ menopause, depression/anxiety and headaches. There is so much research now which highlights the effectiveness of acupuncture, even though scientists are still not sure how it works, they generally acknowledge that it does work for many conditions. Current research shows that acupuncture works on a hormonal level as well as stimulating circulation and nerve and muscle pathways. Acupuncture points have been shown to have a higher density of 'micro-vessels' (tiny blood vessels) which means they are more reactive and sensitive than other random points in the body.
This Youtube video shows an acupuncturist treating back pain and gives a good idea of what happens in a treatment session.
Below is a useful chart to give you a guide to how frequently you might need an acupuncture appointment. Not many people can manage to come daily - for most acute conditions we suggest twice per week but we work around your availability and finances. Concessions are sometimes available so do ask - we'd rather you came for a treatment that you really need and paid less, than not come at all.
The acupuncturists at the Albany Street Clinic are available Monday to Thursday from 9.30 until 8pm and on Friday & Saturday from 9.30 until 2. Because we work as a team, we are happy for you to move between therapists so you can choose appointment times and days to suit you.
3 of our acupuncturists are also trained in cosmetic acupuncture and facial massage which is a safe and effective way to minimise lines, restore youthfulness and bring life into the face. Over 5-6 treatments a real difference is visible which has a lasting effect.
All five of our acupuncturists are properly qualified, insured and experienced - we have all studied the 3 year Diploma/MSc level course at a fully accredited college. Although we don't have our certificates on display, you can ask to see them if you require.