The experience of having treatment

What should you expect when you come for treatment?

Please let reception know that you have arrived to see me.

I will come and collect you from the reception area and introduce myself to you – My name is Dee Holbourne.

During your first visit we will split our time between gathering information and giving you a treatment.

Taking your historyI will need to gain a thorough understanding of your how you hope treatment will help you and your general health and lifestyle. This involves asking questions about your current symptoms and your medical history, as well as such things as your sleeping pattern, your appetite and digestion, and your emotional wellbeing. Women are also asked about their menstrual cycle and any past pregnancies and childbirth.

You might feel that some questions appear unrelated to your condition but the information you give helps me to form a more complete picture of your health and lifestyle.

We may have discussed your questions on the phone during your free 15 minute telephone consultation, but there will also be a chance to ask questions during the treatment session.

When talking about your main complaint, I may ask you to describe in your own words what the symptoms feel like and how severe they are. You may also be asked how long you have been having the symptoms, whether they are constant or intermittent and how frequent they are. You should mention any medication that you are taking and whether you have tried any other therapies.

Feeling your pulsesAs part of your diagnosis, I will also feel your pulses on both wrists and ask to look at your tongue

PalpationI may feel for feel areas of muscular tension or pain.

AcupunctureAcupuncture treatment: I will use very fine single-use pre-sterilised needles to stimulate specific Acupuncture points on your body. Because energy meridians range across the whole body, the points used are not necessarily close to where you experience pain or discomfort. For example, if you suffer from headaches needles might be inserted in your foot or hand.

MoxaOther techniques – Moxa: I may also use other techniques such as moxa where heat is applied to an Acupuncture point or meridian using moxa (a therapeutic herb) to warm and relax muscles and qi.


Other techniques – Tuina: Chinese therapeutic massage relieves muscle tension, stimulates acupressure points, opens energy meridians and stimulate the flow of qi.


Other techniques – Cupping: glass cups with a vacuum seal are placed on the skin to stimulate blood flow and clear stagnant qi.

Electro-AcupunctureOther techniques – ElectroAcupuncture: small electrodes are attached to the needles to create stronger stimulation.

Neuromuscular TapingOther techniques – Neuromuscular taping: tape is applied to the body to stimulate its own healing. Muscles also control both blood circulation and lymphatic function which in turn impact body temperature, pain etc.

Lifestyle changes

I am likely to suggest ways in which you can enhance the long-term effects of your treatment. This may involve making changes to your diet and daily routine. If necessary you will be referred to other healthcare practitioners for specialist care.

After effects: Most people find Acupuncture relaxing and often feel very calm after a treatment. You may feel a little tired or sleepy and should take this into account if you are planning to drive or use heavy machinery straight after your treatment.

RelaxYou should refrain from vigorous exercise after treatment and, ideally, give yourself some time to rest. It is also advisable not to drink alcohol for several hours after treatment.
Acupuncture has very few side effects and any that do occur are usually mild and self-correcting. Cupping and guasha can sometimes temporarily mark the skin. Such bruising is painless and generally clears within a day or two.

Future appointments

Before you go we will talk about your future treatments and the advice you have been given.

I will take you back to the reception area.

If you would like to book an appointment, or discuss your needs with me, please Contact Me