First of all I’ll have a chat with you and your Mum or Dad asking a bit about why you’ve come for treatment. If you want to chat, then that’s great. If you’d prefer that Mum or Dad answer my questions, then that’s absolutely fine too. I know it can be a bit boring answering questions so I’ll keep that bit as brief as I can. But it’s important I find out about your health so I know how best to treat you to try and help you.
After the questions, then I feel your pulses. You may have had a doctor or a nurse do this to you before. I just gently place my fingers on your wrist and ‘listen in’ to what’s going on in your body. The next bit might sound a bit strange, but then I will ask to have a look at your tongue! So, you are allowed to stick your tongue out at me (warning: don’t try this at home – your parents may not like it!). These are the ways, in Chinese medicine, that we find out more about why you aren’t feeling as good as you should be. They are a bit like an old-fashioned way of taking an x-ray or having a blood test.
After that, I will give you your treatment. There are lots of ways I can do this. Before I do anything, I will explain to you what I’d like to do and check that you are OK with it. I’ve got lots of different options so if you don’t like one thing, then we can always try another. I want you to feel relaxed and to enjoy your treatments so I’m not going to do anything that you feel uncomfortable with.