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Acupuncture Session

Your First Medical
Acupuncture Appointment

Welcome to Clarkston Acupuncture Clinic

Thank you for choosing Clarkston Acupuncture Clinic for your healthcare needs. We are delighted to be entrusted with your health and well-being. This webpage aims to prepare you with essential information for your first visit to our clinic.

During Your First Appointment

The first appointment will typically last between 45-60 minutes and will include:

  • A review of your medical history

  • A discussion of your current issues and the creation of a treatment plan

  • Your first treatment

  • Follow-up plans and expectations

What to Expect During the Treatment

  • Position: You'll typically lie down on a padded table, face-up, face-down, or on your side, depending on the areas being treated.

  • Needle Insertion: Eoghan will insert thin, sterile needles at specific points on your body. The number of needles and their locations depend on your condition and treatment plan.

  • Sensation: Most people feel minimal or no pain during needle insertion. Once the needles are in place, you may feel tingling, warmth, or heaviness. These sensations are generally considered a sign that the treatment is working.

  • Needle Retention: The needles are usually left in place for 20 minutes. During this time, you can relax and enjoy the calming music.

  • Needle Removal: Eoghan will remove the needles after the set time, usually without any discomfort.

  • Immediate Effects: Depending on how you respond to the treatment, you may feel relaxed or energised. Some people experience immediate relief of symptoms, while others may take a few sessions to notice an effect.

  • Care Instructions: Eoghan may provide specific instructions, like avoiding vigorous exercise, alcohol, or certain foods for a period after treatment.

  • Follow-Up: Depending on your condition, you may need several treatments. Eoghan will discuss a treatment plan tailored to your needs.

Potential Side Effects

Acupuncture is a very safe procedure. Serious side effects are extremely rare. Some commoner side effects include:

  • Minor Bleeding or Bruising: At the needle insertion sites.

  • Pain or Soreness: Mild discomfort during or after the needle insertion. Occasionally, this discomfort can last for a few hours and, in rare circumstances, 1 or 2 days.

  • Dizziness or Fainting: Especially for individuals who are sensitive or prone to fainting.

  • Sweating: Either local to the insertion points or general sweating of feet, hands, and forehead.

  • Temporary Tiredness: Some people report feeling fatigued after a session.

  • Worsening of Symptoms: Some people report worsening of their symptoms after an acupuncture session. Some view this positively as a sign that you will respond more favourably at subsequent treatments. Please get in touch with the clinic if this happens to you.

After Treatment

Immediate aftercare instructions and future appointment plans will be discussed before the end of your session. For more details, visit our Aftercare Instructions Page.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

For any additional questions you may have, please visit our FAQ page. For specific inquiries, you can reach us at

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