A traditional Chinese medicine approach
What is Acupuncture?
Acupuncture is a traditional healing therapy in which fine needles are inserted into specific points on the body to alleviate various symptoms or conditions.
Here are some examples of conditions for which people seek acupuncture treatment:
- BACK AND JOINT PAIN: sciatica, arthritis, tennis elbow, spondylosis
- HEADACHES AND MIGRAINE: tension headaches, high blood pressure, stress related headaches
- WOMEN’S HEALTH: painful/irregular periods, PMS, menopausal symptoms, hormonal imbalances, infertilty and pregnancy
- STRESS MANAGEMENT: insomnia, anxiety attacks, palpitations
- RESPIRATORY AND SINUS CONDITIONS: asthma, hayfever, bronchitis, colds, cough, sinusitis
- SKIN CONDITIONS: eczema, acne
- CIRCULATORY PROBLEMS: high/low blood pressure, raynauds syndrome
Sterile, single use, disposable needles are used which ensures the highest levels of hygiene and safety.
According to traditional Chinese philosophy, health is dependent on Qi (pronounced chi) energy. Qi is constantly moving through the body and governs all essential life activities, spiritual, emotional and mental, as well as physical. Our bodies have 12 major meridian-paths that our qi takes. Qi allegedly consists of opposing forces known as Yin And Yang which need to be in the right balance so that harmony is achieved. It is re-balancing the yin and yang in the body to achieve harmony that is the basis of healing.
If the flow of Qi is insufficient, unbalanced or interrupted, illness may occur.
Needles are inserted into points on these channels in order to correct the flow of Qi and promote the body’s own healing response. Recent research suggests that acupuncture may stimulate the release of pain-relieving hormones/chemicals. It may also affect the functioning of internal organs via the nervous system.
Acupuncture And Pain
Acupuncture can play an important role in the reduction or elimination of pain by reducing recovery time and preventing a chronic condition from developing. Acupuncture relieves muscle spasm this helps to restore normal movement to the joints and the spine, vital to hasten recovery. Research has shown that acupuncture causes the body to produce natural steroids and promote the production of natural endorphins. Steroids decrease inflammation, while endorphins relieve pain. Both substances can play an integral part in the breaking up of the pain cycle.
And if pain can be significantly reduced with acupuncture, it also lowers the need for painkillers or other medications that can either cause unwanted side effects or prolong a patient’s condition.
This intial consultation allows for me to tailor treatment to you personally. Treatment involves the insertion of fine needles into various areas of the body which modulate the functioning of the nervous system. Sometimes needles are left in the body for 15-20 minutes and sometimes the body is stimulated and the needles immediately withdrawn.
Many patients find treatment to be deeply relaxing and will often leave feeling calm, peaceful, and in many cases more energized. After the initial consultation, patients will often attend for a series of follow up treatments. The number and frequency of which will depend upon the patient and their condition.
Treatments may also include some massage, cupping, moxibustion,auricular acupuncture, Korean hand therapy/Acupuncture or reflexology.
A Traditional Chinese Medicine approach
Moxibustion is a traditional treatment which involves the burning of a herb Artemesia Vulgaris over the acupuncture points either in stick form or wrapped around the head of the needle.
This emits a gentle warmth that penetrates the skin warming the painful area and also clears any blockages in energy that are present.
The warming effect is very pleasant where pain is chronic and the joint responds well to the application of warmth. It soothes the flow of energy and blood, so it is frequently used if you have a cold or stagnant condition.
- Conditions that respond well to Moxibustion include:
- Muscular pain
- Chronic pain in all joints
- Lack of energy
- Back pain
- Menstrual problems
- Sinus Problems
- Carpel Tunnel Syndrome
- Frozen shoulder
- Tennis elbow
A Traditional Chinese Therapy
A deep tissue massage using suction cups.
Cupping is an ancient therapy derived from the Far East which has been practised for many centuries. Cupping can be dated back to the Ancient Egyptians in approximately 1550BC. The technique involves creating a vacuum or negative pressure in a glass cup by using either a flame or a suction pump which is then applied to the area of the body requiring treatment.
Cupping therapy works by drawing skin and underlying tissue into the cup in ways not possible using compression.
Benefits of Chinese Cupping
- Increases the circulation of blood to the area being treated which clears the build up of toxins in the muscle tissue
- Facilitates soft tissue release
- Loosens and lifts connective tissue by promoting the flow of lymphatic fluids
- Drains stagnation in muscles by releasing stubborn knots
- Breaks up and expels congestion in rigid tissues
- Relieves inflammation
- Releases stiffness in ways not possible using traditional massage
The Towcester Clinic
- 8 Sponne Shopping Centre,
- 01327 353544
If you are not sure of what therapy or treatment you need, we are here to help. We are a team of qualified and experienced therapists and will be able to make sure you get the right treatment for you.