Our lives have become a constant juggling act; we’re on the go from the moment we wake until our head touches the pillow at night. We often exhaust our body’s energy. Between the demands of our job, finding time for exercise, maintaining relationships and caring for a family, we deplete the energy we earn from sleep, food, exercise and the company of others. Our daily needs repeatedly outpace our intake of energy, with self-care and maintaining a healthy lifestyle often falling down the 'to do' list.
There’s so much conflicting information about what is actually good for us and trying to figure it out is confusing and daunting. I aim to bring things back to basics to help you find a simple, healthy, balanced lifestyle that’s right for you. I will help you to reflect on what works for you and together we'll create a plan which will cover both your physical and mental health.
The appointment will start with a conversation about the reason for your visit and your health history based on the details given in your returned initial consultation form. I will then carry out a physical exam including looking at your tongue, taking your pulse, testing range of movement for musculoskeletal conditions, carefully palpating areas of pain (if possible) and taking your blood pressure. I will then begin the treatment which may require you to move or remove items of clothing. This will be discussed and agreed with you beforehand. Your privacy and ease will be maintained as towels will be used to ensure you are covered at all times.
This will vary from person to person; sometimes change happens quickly, but often it can take some time. As both Chinese and Functional medicines take an individualised root cause approach this means there is no ‘one size fits all’. We are working to find the root causes specific to you and designing a solution unique to your own health history and symptoms. Generally I like to see people weekly initially, usually for a minimum of 4 - 6 visits. This will move to fortnightly and monthly as and when improvement allows. After the initial consultation I will be able to give you an approximate timeline for our work together.
Increasingly private health insurance is covering the cost of acupuncture treatment but it is best to check with your provider.
Like any health professional, I keep everything you share with me strictly confidential.