Acupuncture is an ancient medical technique which originates from the far east and dates back more the 2,500 years. It is part of Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) which is still widely used as a primary health care system in china today, Acupuncture treatment includes the insertion of hair thin and one use sterile needles into specific points. Acupuncture has a direct effect on the body and recent medical research has shown Acupuncture stimulates a natural pain killing response.
Acupuncture can treat both acute and chronic issues and offer immediate pain relief, However a course of treatment (5/6 sessions) is required to get lasting benefit.
The NHS nice guidelines recommend acupuncture for a variety of issues such as Tension type headache and Osteoarthritis of the knee etc .
During an acupuncture session i will take a full medical history and use diagnostic methods to help inform my treatment . One use Sterile needles and inserted into specific points corresponding to the areas of the body that are affected , some of these points are local in the area and others are away from the area of complaint. After needles insertion i may ask you to check the problem (e.g shoulder pain) and see any improvement in pain, after that i will let you relax for 20 mins. We usually use between 5-7 needles in one session (“as many as necessary but as few as possible”) the points we use will vary from session to session.
Many patient’s find the acupuncture deeply relaxing and feel calm and balanced after the session.
Acupuncture is safe and has virtually no side effects when performed by a fully qualified practitioner.
Can Acupuncture Help Me?
Acupuncture is used to treat a wide variety of issues , Take a look at the A-Z of conditions to find out more about how acupuncture can help .
Here are the main conditions I see in my clinic and I treat with good success:
- Lower back pain // sciatica // Hip pain
- Upper back and neck pain
- Shoulder pain // Frozen shoulder
- Carpel tunnel // RSI
- tennis elbow // golfers elbow
- Osteoarthritis of the knee
- Knee pain
- Irritable bowl syndrome // IBD
- Headaches // Migraines
- Dizziness and vertigo
- Anxiety // Panic Disorders
- Insomnia // Sleep disorders
- General health and wellbeing
- Chronic pain
You don’t have to be ill to still feel the benefit from Acupuncture. Many patients use acupuncture to maintain good health. The amount of acupuncture sessions required depends on the individual and what is being treated, 6 treatments is a good first course of acupuncture. However when treating certain conditions/injuries 2 or 3 is sufficient. The benefit of Treatment can usually be felt after the first treatment however in some cases changes are not always felt till treatment 4/5.
What effect does acupuncture have ? How will i feel ?
Reduces pain and inflammation
Relaxes tight muscles
Stimulates the body’s own healing capacity
Calms the mind
Improves sense of well being
Reduces Anxiety and stress