Acupuncture treats a wide variety of ailments including stress, anxiety, insomnia, headache, migraines, general aches & pains, back & neck pain, menstrual problems including PMT & menopause. Fertility issues can be addressed, even working alongside your IVF cycle.
Acupucture can also be used for treating children and babies (3 months plus) in a safe and relaxed environment. To find out more click here.
Why have acupuncture?
There could be many reasons that you are looking at acupuncture as a 'healthcare' option.
It can help you through stressful or difficult times in your life or as a boost to your general wellbeing.
It is an extremely safe & effective form of medicine. Correctly & professionally done, acupuncture rarely causes serious side effects. Changes can occur - such as to your appetite, bowel or urination patterns or emotional state. This is simply an indication that the body is starting to rebalance itself & is nothing to be concerned about. Some patients feel 'spaced out' after a treatment or just deeply relaxed & sleepy. Care must obviously be taken if returning to work or driving after a treatment.
There are other risks, but these are generally extremely rare: bruising, fainting, muscle spasm, slight bleeding, nerve damage and pneumothorax.
Treatments using cupping or Gua Sha will most certainly leave bruising & can last for up to 5 days.
Please be assured though that whatever your treatment involves, extreme care is taken at all times & your health & wellbeing is of utmost importance. If at any time I felt unhappy with how your treatment was progressing or was concerned about your health, the treatment would be immediately stopped. I would be happy to discuss with you, any concerns that you may have.
What it involves ...
Your first appointment, which could last up to 90 minutes; will involve a discussion about your health, any problems that you want addressing, plus information about you & your family including medical history, dietary & exercise habits, sleeping patterns - in order for me to gain an overall picture of your health. Your pulse & tongue will be examined, and then I would then decide upon a treatment plan & acupuncture point's prescription. I could also use techniques including palpation, the use of acupuncture (the insertion of extremely thin needles into the body), cupping, gua - sha, seven star needle technique, moxa, electro acupuncture treatments plus dietary & lifestyle advice.
Needles can be left in place for up to 40 minutes or can be inserted & immediately removed.
Gua sha - Gua Sha dates back a long, long time! It is used if you have acute or chronic pain. When the area is pressed - there may be a blanching or whitening of the tissue that doesn’t fade quickly. This is a good indication that Gua Sha is an appropriate treatment for you. It can also be used to treat and prevent the common cold, flu, bronchitis, asthma, as well as any chronic disorder involving pain, congestion of Qi and Blood.
Many Physiotherapists, Osteopaths and other Western Medical Therapists are offering a similar therapy called ‘Graston Technique.’ Both techniques have numerous benefits and are basically the same except Gua Sha is really really really old!
The treatment involves scraping the skin with a blunt tool. My own preference is a Chinese soup spoon. It is fairly painless and many clients comment that they find a sports massage more uncomfortable. The ‘Sha’ is the petechia that occurs on the skin’s surface and is the discolouration that occurs on the skin - it can be described as a visual representation of what has been ‘stuck’ under the skin. The discolouration is diagnostic - the darker and browner the colour the older and more stuck the Blood and Qi is - the redder - the newer the problem and the less stuck the Qi and blood is.
Seven star needle or plum blossom needling - A plum blossom needle is shaped like a very small hammer with a group of needles on the head shaped like a flower.
We use this to tap gently along a meridian line. It is used to encourage the flow of energy along the channel & promoting health. It can often be employed to treat peripheral neuropathy ( a syndrome which includes symptoms of numbness, tingling, insensitivity, pain, and muscle weakness and atrophy.)
Cupping - glass cups are applied to the skin via suction. They can be used to relieve pain, tension & stress or to "draw out" illness such as the common cold, asthma, headache etc. the cups can be left in a static position or gently moved (feeling like a deep massage) along the oiled surface of the skin. Cupping has a similar effect to Gua Sha on the tissue - especially the fascia. As the cups are applied the skin and connective tissue is drawn upwards and can therefore help to separate stuck or adhered tissue. It can leave marking on tissue that has a problem but overall is very relaxing.