ACUPUNCTURE

Traditional acupuncture aims to promote all aspects of health and well-being: physical, emotional and spiritual. In traditional Chinese philosophy, our positive state of health depends on the smooth flow and balance of Qi as it moves through a series of channels beneath our skin. Sometimes our flow of Qi can become blocked or unbalanced by physical or emotional factors such as infection, trauma, poor diet, anger, grief or stress, resulting in illness or pain.

 

In certain cases, traditional acupuncture can be an effective therapy to help restore balance and promote physical and emotional harmony.  If acupuncture is an appropriate treatment for you, very fine acupuncture needles will be inserted at special points along the channels of energy appropriate to the condition you are receiving treatment for to stimulate your body's own healing system to restore health and well-being.  The needles used in the acupuncture treatment are always sterile, single use only and disposed of in accordance with local authority and the British Acupuncture safety standards.

 

 

Current thinking on Acupuncture

 

Modern thinking on the benefits of acupuncture is backed-up by the growing body of evidence-based clinical research and reinforces what people have been saying for many years – acupuncture works!  MRI scans have shown acupuncture stimulates a brain response which leads to the release of powerful neurotransmitters to help pain relief and affect our mood. Research papers report acupuncture can…

 

  • Provide pain relief - by stimulating nerves located in muscles and other tissues to release endorphins and alter the processing of pain in the brain and spinal cord (Pomeranz 1987; Zhao 2008)

  • Reduce inflammation - by promoting the release of vascular and immunomodulatory factors (Kim 2008; Kavoussi 2007; Zijlstra 2003)

  •  Improve muscle stiffness and joint mobility - by increasing local microcirculation (Komori 2009)

 

What conditions can Acupuncture treat?

 

Many people turn to acupuncture for relief from specific aches and pains.   For example, osteoarthritis of the knee, migraines, low back pain, or for common health problems like an overactive bladder. Other people choose acupuncture when they feel their bodily functions are out of balance, but they have no obvious diagnosis (think of it as like having and MOT). Some people have regular treatments because they find it so beneficial and relaxing (forgive another car analogy, but this is more like having a regular ‘service’).

 

Treatments people seek help for include:

 

  • Infertility and IVF support
  • Stress, anxiety, insomnia, fatigue
  • Digestive disorders
  • Women’s health – irregular, painful periods, menopause, PCOS
  • Aesthetic facial enhancement
  • Weight-loss
  • Pregnancy discomfort and labour induction
  • Pain
  • Sports injuries
  • Migraines (NICE, the body which approves treatments on the NHS, recommends that GPs send patients suffering with migraines for a course of 10 acupuncture treatments.
  • Substance withdrawal

 

Visit the British Acupuncture Council website where you will find detailed and unbiased information on the many conditions treated by acupuncture and which the evidence-based research supports.

CUPPING (Myofascial Decompression)

Cupping therapy involves local suction being applied directly onto the skin using small glass or plastic jars to create a vacuum. The skin and superficial layers of connective tissue and muscles are lifted into the cup, and a mark is usually formed, from a light red to a dark purple. In Chinese Medicine theory the darker the petechiae (marks left by the treatment cups) the more toxins and stagnation are in the area being treated.

 

The cups can be left on the skin anywhere from a few minutes up to 30 minutes depending on the condition being treated. The cups can also be moved over the body, either along the acupuncture channels or over large muscle groups after oil has been applied to the skin.  It is an incredibly relaxing treatment, like a warming ‘reverse massage’ with the cups pulling up on skin and muscles, instead of applying pressure downwards.

 

What conditions can Cupping treat?

Cupping is used to relieve pain, remove heat, increase circulation and draw-out toxins from the body.

 

Treatments people seek help for:

  • Sports and repetitive strain injuries.
  • Musculoskeletal (MSK) conditions affecting fascia, muscles, tendons or ligaments
  • Colds and flu
  • Acute and chronic Inflammation conditions
  • Respiratory illnesses – bronchitis, asthma, cough
  • Digestive disorders
  • Anxiety
  • Fatigue
  • High blood pressure
  • Cellulite
  • Migraines and headaches
  • Arthritis

GUA SHA

Studies reveal the effect of gua sha has a therapeutic impact in inflammatory conditions and in the last ten years research has begun to clarify exactly how the treatment works. The therapeutic petechiae (painless red marks/red spots resulting from a treatment) represents blood cells that have extravasated in the capillary bed and indicate an increase in surface micro-perfusion and microcirculation.

 

Gua sha involves applying oil as a lubricating medium to the area of the body being treated and then scraping the surface of the skin using a specialised smooth-edged tool.  If there is no blood stasis affecting the tissues, stagnation or fever, petechiae will not form and the skin will only turn pink.

The most common areas for treatment are the back, neck, shoulders, buttocks, and limbs.   Facial gua sha can be used to augment cosmetic acupuncture treatments, helping to increase circulation, elasticity and firmness of the skin.

 

Petechiae is painless and usually fades within a few days, and according to TCM theory, the intensity of the petechiae is an indication of the severity of the toxicity, stagnation or fever inside the body.

 

 

Treatments people seek help for:

  • Acute and Chronic inflammatory conditions
  • Sports and repetitive strain injuries
  • Musculoskeletal (MSK) conditions affecting fascia, muscles, tendons or ligaments
  • Fibrotic tissues - including scar tissue
  • Migraines and headaches

THERAPEUTIC MASSAGE

Massage is one of the oldest therapies there is, and it is claimed that it can lessen the symptoms from a wide range of ailments, including stress, fatigue, arthritis and cancer. Beyond the benefits for specific conditions or diseases, some people enjoy massage because it often produces feelings of caring, comfort and connection.

 

Is there scientific evidence behind the beneficial effects of massage?  Possibly - in a study by Professor Fulvio D’Aquisto of Roehampton University (reported on the BBC programme ‘Trust Me, I’m a Doctor’ 3rd October 2018), results showed that the white blood cells in all the massage participants increased by almost 70% after receiving an hour-long massage. White blood cells (lymphocytes) play a vital role in the body’s immune response and help us to fight-off bacteria, viruses, and other toxins that can make us ill.   These findings may go some way to explain why a massage makes us feel good – it is, if this study’s findings are to be believed, having a positive effect on our immune system, potentially helping us to heal and repair.

 

While more research is needed to confirm the benefits of massage, some studies have found massage may also be helpful for:

 

  • Anxiety
  • Digestive disorders
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Headaches
  • Insomnia related to stress
  • Myofascial pain syndrome
  • Soft tissue strains or injuries
  • Sports injuries
  • Temporomandibular joint pain

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0800 170 1509

Pricing from £35

TREATMENT PRICING

Acupuncture

 

Pre-treatment consultation

15 minutes    FREE

 

Initial consultation inc. treatment

90 minutes    £52

 

Subsequent treatments    
45 minutes    £40

 

If you are covered by private medical insurance it may be possible for you to claim part, or all the cost of your acupuncture treatment from your provider. Please check with your insurer to find out if you are insured.

 

The following medical insurance companies may cover acupuncture treatments:

AXA/PPP  |  Standard Life  | WPA  | Legal and General  | CIGNA European  | Norwich Union/Aviva  | Medisure Royal Sun Alliance

Aesthetic Facial Acupuncture

 

Pre-treatment consultation

15 minutes    FREE

 

Treatment prices available on request - please call 0800 170 1509 for details.

Cupping, Gua Sha and Therapeutic Massage

 

Initial consultation inc. treatment

up to 60 minutes     £45

 

Subsequent treatments

up to 45 minutes     £35

If you would like to speak to us directly to discuss treatments and dates, call on 0800 170 1509 These maybe subject to clinic opening times, and available staff to take your call. Please leave a message and we will call you back at the earliest opportunity.

0800 170 1509

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ACUPUNCTURE

Traditional acupuncture aims to promote all aspects of health and well-being: physical, emotional and spiritual. In traditional Chinese philosophy, our positive state of health depends on the smooth flow and balance of Qi as it moves through a series of channels beneath our skin. Sometimes our flow of Qi can become blocked or unbalanced by physical or emotional factors such as infection, trauma, poor diet, anger, grief or stress, resulting in illness or pain.

 

In certain cases, traditional acupuncture can be an effective therapy to help restore balance and promote physical and emotional harmony.  If acupuncture is an appropriate treatment for you, very fine acupuncture needles will be inserted at special points along the channels of energy appropriate to the condition you are receiving treatment for to stimulate your body's own healing system to restore health and well-being.  The needles used in the acupuncture treatment are always sterile, single use only and disposed of in accordance with local authority and the British Acupuncture safety standards.

 

Current thinking on Acupuncture

 

Modern thinking on the benefits of acupuncture is backed-up by the growing body of evidence-based clinical research and reinforces what people have been saying for many years – acupuncture works!  MRI scans have shown acupuncture stimulates a brain response which leads to the release of powerful neurotransmitters to help pain relief and affect our mood. Research papers report acupuncture can…

 

  • Provide pain relief - by stimulating nerves located in muscles and other tissues to release endorphins and alter the processing of pain in the brain and spinal cord (Pomeranz 1987; Zhao 2008)

  • Reduce inflammation - by promoting the release of vascular and immunomodulatory factors (Kim 2008; Kavoussi 2007; Zijlstra 2003)

  •  Improve muscle stiffness and joint mobility - by increasing local microcirculation (Komori 2009)

 

What conditions can Acupuncture treat?

 

Many people turn to acupuncture for relief from specific aches and pains.   For example, osteoarthritis of the knee, migraines, low back pain, or for common health problems like an overactive bladder. Other people choose acupuncture when they feel their bodily functions are out of balance, but they have no obvious diagnosis (think of it as like having and MOT). Some people have regular treatments because they find it so beneficial and relaxing (forgive another car analogy, but this is more like having a regular ‘service’)..

 

Treatments people seek help for:

  • Infertility and IVF support
  • Stress, anxiety, insomnia, fatigue
  • Digestive disorders
  • Women’s health – irregular, painful periods, menopause, PCOS
  • Aesthetic facial enhancement
  • Weight-loss
  • Pregnancy discomfort and labour induction
  • Pain
  • Sports injuries
  • Migraines (NICE, the body which approves treatments on the NHS, recommends that GPs send patients suffering with migraines for a course of 10 acupuncture treatments.
  • Substance withdrawal

 

Visit the British Acupuncture Council website where you will find detailed and unbiased information on the many conditions treated by acupuncture and which the evidence-based research supports.

CUPPING (Myofascial Decompression)

Cupping therapy involves local suction being applied directly onto the skin using small glass or plastic jars to create a vacuum. The skin and superficial layers of connective tissue and muscles are lifted into the cup, and a mark is usually formed, from a light red to a dark purple. In Chinese Medicine theory the darker the petechiae (marks left by the treatment cups) the more toxins and stagnation are in the area being treated.

 

The cups can be left on the skin anywhere from a few minutes up to 30 minutes depending on the condition being treated. The cups can also be moved over the body, either along the acupuncture channels or over large muscle groups after oil has been applied to the skin.  It is an incredibly relaxing treatment, like a warming ‘reverse massage’ with the cups pulling up on skin and muscles, instead of applying pressure downwards.

 

What conditions can Cupping treat?

 

Cupping is used to relieve pain, remove heat, increase circulation and draw-out toxins from the body.

 

Treatments people seek help for:

  • Sports and repetitive strain injuries.
  • Musculoskeletal (MSK) conditions affecting fascia, muscles, tendons or ligaments
  • Colds and flu
  • Acute and chronic Inflammation conditions
  • Respiratory illnesses – bronchitis, asthma, cough
  • Digestive disorders
  • Anxiety
  • Fatigue
  • High blood pressure
  • Cellulite
  • Migraines and headaches
  • Arthritis

GUA SHA

Studies reveal the effect of gua sha has a therapeutic impact in inflammatory conditions and in the last ten years research has begun to clarify exactly how the treatment works. The therapeutic petechiae (painless red marks/red spots resulting from a treatment) represents blood cells that have extravasated in the capillary bed and indicate an increase in surface micro-perfusion and microcirculation.

 

Gua sha involves applying oil as a lubricating medium to the area of the body being treated and then scraping the surface of the skin using a specialised smooth-edged tool.  If there is no blood stasis affecting the tissues, stagnation or fever, petechiae will not form and the skin will only turn pink.

 

The most common areas for treatment are the back, neck, shoulders, buttocks, and limbs.   Facial gua sha can be used to augment cosmetic acupuncture treatments, helping to increase circulation, elasticity and firmness of the skin.

 

Petechiae is painless and usually fades within a few days, and according to TCM theory, the intensity of the petechiae is an indication of the severity of the toxicity, stagnation or fever inside the body.

 

Treatments people seek help for:

  • Acute and Chronic inflammatory conditions
  • Sports and repetitive strain injuries
  • Musculoskeletal (MSK) conditions affecting fascia, muscles, tendons or ligaments
  • Fibrotic tissues - including  scar tissue
  • Migraines and headaches

THERAPEUTIC MASSAGE

Massage is one of the oldest therapies there is, and it is claimed that it can lessen the symptoms from a wide range of ailments, including stress, fatigue, arthritis and cancer. Beyond the benefits for specific conditions or diseases, some people enjoy massage because it often produces feelings of caring, comfort and connection.

 

Is there scientific evidence behind the beneficial effects of massage?  Possibly - in a study by Professor Fulvio D’Aquisto of Roehampton University (reported on the BBC programme ‘Trust Me, I’m a Doctor’ 3rd October 2018), results showed that the white blood cells in all the massage participants increased by almost 70% after receiving an hour-long massage. White blood cells (lymphocytes) play a vital role in the body’s immune response and help us to fight-off bacteria, viruses, and other toxins that can make us ill. These findings may go some way to explain why a massage makes us feel good – it is, if this study’s findings are to be believed, having a positive effect on our immune system, potentially helping us to heal and repair.

 

While more research is needed to confirm the benefits of massage, some studies have found massage may also be helpful for:

 

  • Anxiety
  • Digestive disorders
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Headaches
  • Insomnia related to stress
  • Myofascial pain syndrome
  • Soft tissue strains or injuries
  • Sports injuries
  • Temporomandibular joint pain

TREATMENT PRICING

Acupuncture

 

Pre-treatment consultation    15 minutes    FREE

 

Initial consultation inc. treatment     
90 minutes    £52

 

Subsequent treatments

45 minutes    £40

 

If you are covered by private medical insurance it may be possible for you to claim part, or all the cost of your acupuncture treatment from your provider. Please check with your insurer to find out if you are insured.

 

The following medical insurance companies may cover acupuncture treatments:

AXA/PPP  |  Standard Life  | WPA  | Legal and General  | CIGNA European  | Norwich Union/Aviva  | Medisure Royal Sun Alliance

Aesthetic Facial Acupuncture

 

Pre-treatment consultation    15 minutes    FREE

 

Treatment prices available on request - please call 0800 170 1509 for details.

Cupping, Gua Sha and Therapeutic Massage

 

Initial consultation inc. treatment 
up to 60 minutes     £45

Subsequent treatments      up to 45 minutes     £35

If you would like to speak to us directly to discuss treatments and dates, call on 0800 170 1509 These maybe subject to clinic opening times, and available staff to take your call. Please leave a message and we will call you back at the earliest opportunity.