Some good news for sufferers, the British Acupuncture Council (BAcC) carried out a review in 2015 of Migraines and Spasmodic Tension Headaches. This paper concluded that acupuncture has a significant therapeutic effect on symptoms such as pain and frequency in migraine attacks. The BAcC found that acupuncture often helped over 80% of patients.
The advantage with traditional acupuncture is that each treatment is individualised. Our point prescriptions are formulated to each persons’ specific set of symptoms as we treat the period as a whole. These prescriptions can change from one treatment to another. Unlike drug prescriptions one tries to fit all.
I’ve mostly treated women with migraines and tension headaches. In my experience the main contributing factors have been either stress or the menstrual cycles.
Feel free to get in touch if you would like to know more.
The focus this year is on traditional acupuncture. More than 2.3 million acupuncture treatments are given in the UK and it’s one of the most popular complementary therapy.
So why choose traditional acupuncture?
Traditional acupuncture started in China and has developed over 2,500 years, possibly 5,000; it’s certainly not a short-lived fad. The British Acupuncture has over 3,000 members who are trained to degree level and are bound by strict guidelines in practise including safety, professional conduct and continued professional development. You can tell who is a member as they will have the letters MBAcC after their name.
About the needle?
Needles are as fine as human hair and vary in lengths and feel nothing like having an injection, you may feel a slight tingling sensation. It is a gentle and effective treatment that focus’ on treating the whole person. It is safe for babies and the elderly and works well alongside conventional medicine.
How can it help?
Acupuncture may help with a symptom, condition or even help with wellbeing and maintaining good health. Here’s a link to research that supports the use for many conditions:
For more information about Traditional Acupuncture Awareness visit
If you would like to know more or book an appointment on please call 07816 363313 or complete contact form under the clinic section.
Cupping is not just for the likes of Jennifer Aniston or Olympic sports people such as Michael Phelps. It’s a traditional Chinese therapy that is used to increase circulation, relieve muscle tension and tightness as well as many other benefits. A vacuum is created in glass cups and usually placed on the back area.
If you are suffering from stiff back, tightness or tension then cupping maybe for you.
The focus this year is Sports Injuries, more of us are exercising than ever before and just over 50% of us will have had an injury in the past, the downside is that 30% of us have not fully recovered from our injury. Rebecca Adlington is supporting our Awareness Week for 2016 and talks about how acupuncture helped her with shoulder injury of course before her appearing on The Jump! Around 2.3 million acupuncture treatments are carried out each year in the UK and Traditional Acupuncture is the most popular complimentary therapy practised in the UK.
Find out how acupuncture helps Rebecca’s shoulder injury
Happy Chinese New Year 2016
Chinese New Year 2016
Good wishes for health and prosperity for the coming year.
If you were born in 2004, 1992, 1980, 1968 this is your year, the year of the Monkey. It is said people born in the Year of the Monkey are:
loves to play pranks without meaning harm
Numbers 4 and 9
Colours blue, white, gold
Flowers chrysanthemums and crape myrtle
Chinese lunar months 8 and 12
Acupuncture Awareness Week is 7th to 14th March 2016, a date for your dairy! This year it is supported by Rebecca Adlington, our Olympic Gold medalist, who has had treatment in the past for shoulder injury and highlights the positive use of acupuncture for sports injury, muscular skeletal conditions as well as supportive treatment for those in training.
It is thought that half of those who participate in sport suffer injury and one in three do not recover from their injury, such as back pain, shoulder pain, golfers/tennis elbow, sprain, fractures to name but a few.
To learn more here’s a link to the Acupuncture Awareness site and get in touch if you have any questions are would like to book an appointment
Rebecca Adlington supports AAW
Earlier this month was Fertility Awareness Week.
Reasons for fertility issues can range from hormonal imbalance, endometriosis, Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome PCOS, fallopian tube abnormalities, quality of semen, genetic disorders, to premature ovarian failure.
In many cases Mother Nature sometimes needs a helping hand; simple things like lifestyle changes; de-stressing and some helpful advice may make a difference.
Here are some helpful things to do:
- De-stress – I know it’s easier said than done but if there is any activity that you enjoy and relaxes you then don’t stop or if not why not consider yoga, pilates, any form of exercise or even a trip to cinema.
- Acupuncture for Women – It is used to regulate fertility hormones and increase flow to the reproductive organs. Acupuncture is also used to help to relieve stress, as stress can affect the sympathetic nervous system which in turn has found to constrict ovarian arteries.
- Acupuncture for Men – Acupuncture may help to improve sperm motility and count. It may also help to reduce scrotum temperature and improve sperm maturation.
- Take a break – Have a break from trying to conceive, if age is not against you, try having a few months off. Make plans and do things that you have been putting off. Its’ not unusual to find that once couples stop trying find that’s when pregnancy occurs.
- How about Men – No laptops on laps, no mobiles in pockets, no hot saunas, showers or baths, you want to keep your sperm nice and cool.
- Ovulation sticks– These testers can be passion killers so have sex throughout the cycle.
- Alcohol– Reduce the amount to one to two units up to a couple times per week.
- Weight-Try to keep a healthy weight.
- Cycle – Get to know your cycle, be aware of any changes such as mucus discharge, breast tenderness, mood, and when they occur in your cycle.
- Men Too – Sorry guys you too can watch your weight, alcohol, stress and diet.
As a mother who started a family in later in life, I’m all too aware of the pressures and found acupuncture helpful.
If you would like to know more or thinking of trying acupuncture, please get in touch.
Pleased to announce that I’m now working at the new clinic Phoenix Place for Health (Blackwater is no longer trading) on Monday mornings and all day Thursdays. You’ll experience a professional, happy and friendly atmosphere in a new modern clinic. Phoenix Place has a great team of practitioners covering a wide range of therapies with many years of experience Phoenix Place for Health
We are highlighting the benefits of acupuncture for stress. The British Acupuncture Council conducted a study and found that over half of UK residents are more stressed than they were 10 years ago and turn to junk food and alcohol in a bid to distress. In the study they questioned 5,000 adults and found that a third admitted to comfort eating and a quarter to drinking alcohol when stressed and consequently 1-5 had put weight on.
Overall 70% were aware that long term stress has a negative impact on health, nearly half said they just put up it and two thirds felt that stress was unavoidable in their lives. Some of the top reasons were not enough time 41%, wanting to have it all 25% and difficulty in switching off from work 24% any wonder why us Brits are burnt out.
The symptoms of stress can be wide ranging; anger and frustration, overthinking, insomnia, panic attacks, headaches/migraines, worry, digestive problems, reduced immunity, depression, high blood pressure, comfort eating, alcohol abuse and fatigue affecting not just our emotional but our physical well-being too.
Acupuncture is an evidence based therapy and can bring about positive steps in reducing the symptoms of stress. So why not give it a try.
The charity BackCare campaigns for back pain, as well as shoulder and neck pain, are having an awareness week highlighting neck, shoulder and back pain office workers can experience due to posture, chairs that do not support the spine correctly and not taking enough breaks to stretch out the back.
BackCare estimate that 30million people will suffer with neck, shoulder and/or back this year, of these 10 million will still experience pain in 12 months time and 3 million will have had 3 months off work. The charity tries to promote awareness of simple things people can do to reduce/avoid the risk of suffering back, neck and shoulder pain.
If you suffer with neck, shoulder or back pain, why not try acupuncture.