Acupuncture

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Acupuncture

Acupuncture  is on of the many varied therapies of Traditional Chinese Medicine. It involves the insertion of ‘hair fine needles’ into certain location to stimulate the body’s healing energy or ‘Qi’. Acupuncture is recognised as a safe and reliable method of treatment for many conditions including stress, muscle and joint painand it is also used as a support for IVF treatment and some forms of infertility.

 

What conditions may acupuncture treat?

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has produced a long list of disease categories for which Traditional Chinese Medicine has demonstrable benefit, this include: Asthma, Bronchitis, Sinusitis, Migraine, Nausea, Indigestion, Constipation, IBS, High blood pressure, Obesity, Diabetes, Neck-Shoulder / Back / Knee pain, Arthritis (both osteoarthritis and Rheumatoid Arthritis), Strains and Sprains and other soft tissue injuries, PMS, Irregular or Painful Periods, Menopausal Syndrome, Fluid Retention, Skin Disorder.

 

Acupuncture can provide long-term relief from back pain.

Assessment by qualified Acupuncturist will include taking a full history and conducting an examination to determine the location, nature and extend of your pain. Acupuncture treatment can safely be giving for acute and chronic low back pain.

Many people show a rapid response to acupuncture and experience immediate pain relief, in other cases the condition may require several courses of treatment. Pain relief through treatment with acupuncture can also reduce the need for medication. For more chronic pain, acupuncture can play an important role in maintaining a healthy back and reduce the chance of return to pain.

Acupuncture can safely be given in combination with other forms of treatment including massage and pain killers. It is important to tell your practitioner what other form of treatment you may be receiving and what if any other conditions you have. These can influence the type of treatment you will receive and will help your acupuncturist give you the most effective treatment for your condition.

Acupuncture, manual therapy (such as massage) and exercise is recommended by the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) for the early treatment and management of persistent or recurrent low back pain, defined as non-specific low back pain that has lasted for more than 6 weeks, but for less than 12 month.[1]

Acupuncture for sciatica

Pain is your body’s way of telling you that something is wrong. When a particular movement hurts, you need to rest or seek help

Acupuncture seeks to correct disorders in the body by stimulation of specific points through the use needles, lasers, electricity, pressure and magnets.

How many sessions will I need?

The NICE Guidelines for low back pain (2009) recommend 10 sessions over a period of up to 12 weeks. The aim of the recommended treatments and management strategies is to reduce thee pain and its impact on your day-to-day life, even if the pain cannot be cured completely.

 

How long will treatment last?

A standard course comprises of 6 treatments but. In most cases treatments will be weekly, although as progress is made the interval between treatments can often be lengthened.

 

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