Acupuncture (Siân Morriss Acupuncture)

What to expect

Treatment sessions are tailored to the individual: I will make a diagnosis during your first consultation.

Sessions usually include:

Covid-19 secure practice

In line with Government guidelines to work safely during the corona virus (Covid-19) and following procedures set out by the British Acupuncture Council, I have made some changes to the way sessions are held to ensure the best possible care for you. Some of the changes include:

Initial intake of new patients

  • The first consultation to be held online or phone

    All treatments in clinic

  • you will be asked to complete a Covid-19 questionnaire within 24hrs prior to treatment
  • for treatment in the clinic the use of face masks for patient and practitioner will be mandatory
  • treatments will be spaced to allow time for cleaning and circulation of air
  • hand washing facilities on entry and exit to the premises
  • before attending a treatment you will be sent clinic specific instructions so you know what to expect.

    Pulse and tongue diagnosis

    Pulse taking Sian Morriss Acupuncture
    Pulse and tongue diagnosis

    I will ask you questions about your health, take your pulse on both wrists and examine your tongue. Taking the pulse guides the choice of acupuncture points. It also gives feedback about how your treatment is progressing.

    Our tongue gives a lot of information about our health. Please do not brush your tongue before your appointment: it is important that I see how your tongue normally looks.

    Structural assessment

    Structural assessment Sian Morriss Acupuncture

     

    Structural assessment

    In the case of a musculo-skeletal problem it is important to conduct a thorough physical examination. For example, if you had shoulder pain, we would make sure your shoulder was the source of the problem, not referred pain from another part of your body (e.g. the neck). I conduct tests for range of movement and to detect movements that cause pain. This helps to identify which acupuncture points need to be used. It also acts as a gauge to measure improvement.

    Acupuncture

    Acupuncture Sian Morriss

     

    Acupuncture

    After our discussion about your health, the pulse diagnosis and tongue check, I will choose the relevant acupuncture points. Needles stay in for different lengths of time. Sometimes needles are in for approximately 20 minutes; sometimes I remove them immediately.

    For some cases I use other therapies including Tui Na and Moxibustion (see below).

    Other therapies: Tui Na (Chinese massage)

    Tui Na Sian Morriss Acupuncture

     

    Tui Na (Chinese massage)

    When treating musculo-skeletal complaints I use Tui Na (Chinese medical massage). It is an over the clothes manual therapy often used in conjunction with acupuncture before or after needling.

    Other therapies: Moxibustion

    Moxa Sian Morriss Acupuncture

     

    Moxibustion

    Another technique I use is moxibustion. This is the burning of the herb artemisia vulgaris (mugwort) on or over the skin. It can be applied in several ways. In the above picture I am using a cigar-shaped stick to warm the area indirectly.

    I also use cupping and electro-acupuncture where applicable.

    Further information

    I offer consultation and follow-up treatments.

    If you have any questions about what happens in a treatment session please read my answers to frequently asked questions or contact me.

    Book an appointment

    I can help you with a wide range of health problems: please book an appointment or contact me to find out more about how I can help you.