How to prepare for your treatment appointment:
To make the most of your treatment, we recommend you arrive at your appointment on time, as the more relaxed you can be, the better you will feel.
We suggest that mobile phones are turned off so as not to disturb yourself and others.
If necessary, use the bathroom prior to your treatment to save you from interruption once you begin.
Avoid eating heavy foods directly prior to your appointment as this may cause discomfort.
It is a good idea to have eaten something light before you arrive so you do not feel drained of energy by the end of your treatment.
Ensure you are hydrated so have a small amount of water before you begin.
You may be required to remove items of clothing for treatment. We will advise you if it is necessary. Generally you should take off your shoes, socks and clothes, but leave your underwear on. Towels are available in the treatment rooms for your comfort and modesty.
It may be helpful for you to remove any jewellery particularly earrings, bracelets, watches and necklaces so they do not obstruct treatment. There is a special tray beneath your treatment table to place these items.
Usually you will need to lay face down with your face in the round cutout at the end of the table. When you are ready your practitioner will come in to commence treatment.
During your treatment, be sure to tell your practitioner if you feel too hot or cold or have any discomfort at any time.
With Dry Needling Treatment
If you have dry needling, once the needles have been inserted, your practitioner will cover you with towels and leave you for some time so that the treatment can take affect (around 20 minutes).
It is important that you try to lie still and relax. If at any time you feel uncomfortable, your practitioner is always on hand.
Your practitioner may 'stimulate' or adjust your needles about halfway through your treatment. A special infrared heat lamp may also be used.
We will explain the procedure to you before hand and if you have any questions do not hesitate to ask.
After your treatment, you may need to take a moment before you get up as you may feel light headed. We recommend you drink some water straight away as this will help flush out any toxins and reduce muscle tension.
Particularly after your first treatment, be sure to take it easy and not do strenuous activity. Some people may feel energised or tired. Either are normal reactions but it is important to rest and drink plenty of warm water.
If you had herbal patches, compresses or liniment applied during your treatment, be sure to keep the area warm and avoid showering immediately afterwards to allow the medicines time to absorb and take affect.
In the three days that follow (depending on your treatment and sensitivity), it is normal for you to experience mild muscle soreness as your body re-adjusts to its 'normal' state.
Should you experience prolonged or severe discomfort, or experience any symptoms which concern you, please do not hesitate to contact your practitioner for advice.
What you should do
Follow any directions and the prescribed treatment course given by your practitioner consistently as this has a major impact on how well and quickly you will attain results.
We recommend you schedule your treatment course after your first session to maintain continuity and ensure you secure a convenient appointment time.
As a guide, you may be advised to have a follow-up treatment in two days if your condition is acute or in a week's time if your condition is chronic.
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