3rd September 2015 
FAQ #01

Frequently Asked Questions

Q... How can I prepare for my visit?
You are advised to wear loose clothing particularly around the legs and arms where most commonly used acupuncture points are located. It may be necessary to remove some clothing, e.g. for lower back pain - but gowns will be provided.

It is best if you have eaten before the treatment, however, heavy meals and alcohol should be avoided.

If you are on medication, please bring along details. If you suspect that you may be pregnant or have a contagious disease, please advise the practitioner beforehand.

As diagnosis involves observing physical signs, please avoid wearing heavy make-up as the practitioner will be noting your complexion.

Q... Is it safe?
Steve uses single disposable sterile needles and strictly adheres to the British Acupuncture Council's Code of Safe Practice.

Q... How long will the session be?
The initial visit - up to 90 minutes. Subsequent sessions maximum - 60 minutes.

Q... How many treatments will it take?
As Acupuncture treatment aims to stimulates the body's ability to self-heal, the number of treatments will be dependent upon how chronic or acute the conditions or symptoms are and the strength of the body's energy. A brief review of progress is made at each visit and a more detailed review will be conducted during your third successive visit. (At this time it may be appropriate to discuss payment plans). Once they feel that their symptoms are alleviated, patients often elect to return for maintenance treatments at three or six monthly intervals in order to help to keep the body in balance.

Q... What will I feel during treatment?
You will be made comfortable lying on a couch. Some needles are quickly inserted and removed whilst others are left for up to twenty minutes. During that time your progress will be closely monitored and needles may be readjusted with your comfort in mind. The insertion itself is painless but you will feel a sensation as the needles touch your energy channel. This sensation is unique and varies between a mild tingling to a heavy dragging feeling. Patients often report that they experience a pleasant feeling of relaxation and may be a little tired particularly during the first few treatments. Tiredness is often short-lived and most patients go on to experience greater energy levels or just feeling more like themselves.

Q... Will it be OK to drive or go back to work straight after the treatment?
Yes, the tiredness which can be experienced will be temporary and is unlikely to affect your everyday life.

Q... What other treatments do you offer?
  • I have received specialist training in Cosmetic Acupuncture techniques. Very small needles are inserted just under the skin to stimulate the production of elastin and collagen in order to improve the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines. Treatment can also be given to improve cellulite, sagging skin, psoriasis, eczema, acne and facial swelling. Usually the cosmetic treatment is supplemented by body Acupuncture points.

  • Sometimes it may be beneficial to warm an Acupuncture point or channel using a herb called Moxa. Additionally moving cups (cupping) can be applied to areas where the energy has become stagnant or have become painful.

  • Where the patient prefers, I can use finger pressure upon the Acupuncture points (Acupressure) rather than inserting a needle. Alternatively (for needle-phobic patients), I can treat the Acupuncture point with a battery-operated stimulator. This delivers a small electric charge to the Acupuncture point and is completely painless. Acupressure is a useful tool to manage pain during labour. I offer instruction in this technique to expectant mothers and their birthing partners (see Specialist Treatment page).

My wife Janet is a Reflexologist and together we offer combined Acupuncture/Reflexology treatments (www.janetbrownreflexology.co.uk). These treatments cost 40 (for a 1 hour session) and we customise/combine these two treatments to your individual needs.