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Alternatively please call us on (09) 815 1551 to speak to me.
|Monday||10am – 5.30pm|
|Tuesday||10am – 5.30pm|
|Wednesday||9am – 3pm|
|Thursday||9am – 3pm|
|Friday||9am – 4pm|
What to do before an Appointment
Have something to eat 1-2 hours prior to your acupuncture appointment. This can be a snack or fruit. Ideally you should not be too hungry or too full. Do not brush your tongue or drink beverages containing caffeine prior to your appointment.
Wear loose and comfortable clothes.
If you have had any medical investigations such as, X-rays, scans or have seen a specialist please bring your reports in.
If your injury is an accident no referral is necessary. As a registered physiotherapist and acupuncturist I am able to apply for ACC here at the clinic. I’ll take care of all of your ACC documentation. If you already have an ACC number, please bring this along with you.
What to expect during an appointment
On your first visit I will conduct an extensive interview of your condition and general health. Questions are tailored to the problem that you are presenting with. Some questions may seem irrelevant, such as – Do you catch colds easily? Do you have cold hands and feet? Do you bruise easily? Are there any foods you crave? Are you groggy in the mornings? Can you describe your stools? The answers to questions like these all weave together to create an overall pattern of health or disease.
Tongue and pulse is then assessed. Subtle variations in the pulses in the wrist provide a wealth of information about how the body is functioning. Sound of voice, the condition of the tongue, smell, overall appearance of face and skin, emotions-all are important indicators on the state of your body’s internal organs.
Lastly your abdominal region will be palpated (if indicated) again to assist in determining the underlying pathology. I will be looking for temperature variations, areas of tenderness, firmness and softness.
Once a diagnosis has been reached it is explained and discussed with the patient. A treatment plan is made which will not only involve needles but may include Chinese herbs, moxibustion, cupping, soft tissue mobilization, manipulation, exercise prescription and/or dietary and lifestyle recommendations.
The tiny thin needles are specifically designed to be virtually painless on entry into the skin. Once the practitioner reaches the acupuncture point the patient should experience a heavy or achy feeling. This is described as deqi in Chinese texts, or the obtaining of the qi. Some will cause a temporary zing, like a muscle spasm. However, within five minutes you should feel perfectly relaxed and comfortable. Often people will be so relaxed, they fall asleep.
What to do after an appointment
Most people experience a sense of relaxation or tiredness after a treatment. To assist the treatment it is advisable that you allow your body to rest, ensure that you drink plenty of water and avoid alcohol.