• Provide a complete medical history, including any chronic conditions, medications, and allergies.
  • Inform the practitioner if you are pregnant or trying to conceive.
  • Mention any implants, such as a pacemaker, as certain types of acupuncture (e.g., electro-acupuncture) may not be suitable.
  • People with bleeding disorders or those taking anticoagulant medications should use caution, as acupuncture involves needle insertion which can cause bleeding and bruising.
  • Avoid acupuncture if you have a skin infection or open wounds in the area to be treated.
  • Common side effects include minor bleeding or bruising at the needle site, temporary soreness, and dizziness.
  • Pay attention to how your body responds during and after treatment. Report any unusual symptoms to your practitioner immediately.
  • Rest and hydrate after the session to help your body recover.
  • Some acupuncture points are contraindicated during pregnancy as they may stimulate uterine contractions. Ensure your practitioner is experienced in treating pregnant patients and aware of your condition.
  • Avoid electro-acupuncture if you have a pacemaker or other electrical implants.
  • Inform the practitioner of any neurological conditions that may be affected by electrical stimulation.
  • Inform the practitioner of any Blood transmitted diseases you may have, this is not for any discriminatory use, its to ensure the therapist can use correct precautions and can keep other clients safe
  • Refrain from intense physical activity immediately after a session to allow your body to rest and heal.
  • Attend follow-up sessions as recommended by your practitioner to monitor progress and make any necessary adjustments to your treatment plan.
  • Read reviews and seek recommendations to find a reputable practitioner with a good track record.
  • A massage therapy should never be used as a substitution for medical treatment and a General Practitioner should be consulted first if there is any doubt about your suitability for Shiatsu.
  • A letter may be asked for by the Practitioner from your General Practitioner if there are any major health concerns, such as ulcerations, injuries blood clots and bone degenerative diseases, which will agree for the treatment to be carried out.
  • Please provide the practitioner with a complete and accurate health history.

Acupuncture and Shiatsu can be a highly effective treatment for various conditions when performed correctly. By taking these precautions and working with a qualified practitioner, you can minimize risks and enhance the benefits . If you have any concerns or questions, don’t hesitate to discuss them with your Acupuncturist, Shiatsu Massage Therapists, GP or a healthcare provider.

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