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How can Acupuncture help you.

Acupuncture is an holistic therapy which has its roots in Traditional Chinese Medicine and was developed over 3000 years ago.In the modern world, it continues to be used in the Far East as part of the health service and is often used by patients as treatment for a wide range of conditions. In the West, it has gained in popularity as a stand alone therapy or, in use alongside more conventional treatments. Acupuncture is safe and carries few risks of side effects. 

Traditional Chinese Medicine adopts an holistic approach to ill health and takes account of the individual nature of each person in terms of their symptoms, lifestyle, diet and emotional well-being.

In Traditional Chinese Medicine it is thought that  there is no separation between physical and emotional imbalances as each may be at the root of the other. Where possible, Chinese medicine tries to look for the root cause of a problem rather than just treat the presenting symptoms.

Practically, acupuncture treatment can be very effective in relieving painful conditions and speeding up recovery. Lower back pain, sciatica, knee pain, and all joint pains may benefit from treatment. Stress, anxiety, insomnia and headaches can also be treated using acupuncture. Indeed the list of conditions for which acupuncture may help is extensive and a useful place to look at your condition and the research that is available into its effectiveness can be found on the BAcC website.

What can I expect

Before treatment starts, a full consultation is conducted covering areas including medical history, current medications, symptoms of presenting problem, diet, sleep patterns, exercise and lifestyle. From this information and other observations, a treatment plan is drawn up and fully explained along with details of any other treatments which may be considered to be useful in addressing the problem.

Acupuncture involves the use of very fine needles which are sterile and disposable after use. Their insertion should be almost pain free although you may sometimes feel a spreading or aching sensation which is normal and will quickly pass.

Generally, the treatment is carried out with the patient lying on a treatment couch.  It is best to come with loose fitting clothes to allow easy access to the relevant acupuncture points. The needles are left in place for around 25 minutes and the more relaxed you are, the more effective the treatment is likely to be.

After treatment, you may feel slightly light headed and more tired than normal that evening. These mild side effects will soon wear off. Lifestyle and dietary advice may be given if it is felt that this may aid recovery and improve long term wellbeing.

several acupuncture needles lie side by side. traditional chinese medicine (alternative medicine).

How many treatments will I need

Most patients come with chronic conditions which will require more that 1 treatment. In these cases, I would normally suggest 3 regular weekly appointments with a progress review at the end to gauge the benefits of treatment. In reality, chronic problems may never be "curable" but acupuncture can provide some welcome relief, with gradual progressive benefits that may make the condition more manageable when combined with changes in lifestyle and diet.

For acute conditions, results may be quicker, sometimes requiring just one treatment.

Often, clients use acupuncture as a periodic opportunity to unwind and recharge. Likewise, the use of acupuncture as a means of providing a more natural solution to cosmetic rejuvenation is becoming an ever more popular alternative to chemical treatments or surgery.  At Island Acupuncture,  I am able to provide safe and cost effective facial enhancement therapy having trained with Paul Adkins of Cosmetic Acupuncture UK.

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