Acupuncture Therapy:Acupuncture Therapy
What is Acupuncture?
Acupuncture is a Chinese medical system that has been practised for more than 2000 years. It is increasingly popular in the West and is used to treat a wide range of health issues. The National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) recommends its use for back pain, migraine, and post-chemotherapy nausea.
It is also used to aid fertility and treat conditions such as: muscular and arthritic pain, headaches and migraine, fibromyalgia, neck pain, sports injuries, depression, anxiety and stress, insomnia, hormonal issues, sciatica.
Acupuncture aims to promote the body’s own self-healing process. It does this by stimulating specific points (or meridians) around the body. This stimulation, using thin, sterile needles, helps to restore the smooth flow of Qi, or energy, around the body. This aids the natural healing process, without the use of medications.
How does the treatment work?
On your first consultation, I will spend some time taking your medical history. This enables me to gain a thorough understanding of your physical and mental needs, so I am able to treat you holistically, as well as address specific symptoms. I will then gently insert very thin sterilised needles at key meridian points around the body, while you lie down. The needles remain in place for about 20 minutes. Some people are able to completely relax during treatment, or even fall asleep. The experience varies for each individual, but you may feel a dull ache, a slight tingling, or a warm sensation around the areas treated. This shows that the relevant acupuncture point has been stimulated. You may feel more sensation in those areas directly related to your condition as this indicates stagnant Qi, or energy. After your treatment, you may feel very relaxed, even sleepy. I encourage patients to avoid strenuous activity and stimulants such as caffeine and alcohol after their session.Depending on the chronicity of your condition, you may start to feel some relief immediately after your treatment. The effects can last for a few days gradually lasting longer periods.
How many treatments:
The number of treatments varies according to the patient and their symptoms, but I usually recommend follow-up acupuncture sessions until the specific symptoms have been mitigated or resolved. I often combine acupuncture with complementary treatments such as Trigger Points, Manipulation, Electro Acupuncture and cupping.