Three new ways Acupuncture could help your body

When people think of Acupuncture there is sometimes a misconception of large needles covering the body, but this could not be further from the truth. The stereotype is derived from TV and film, where artistic licence often exaggerates aspects of treatment for dramatic effect.

Acupuncture is a gentle and arguably safer treatment than most modern methods and is becoming more widely recognised within western medicine. Acupuncture treatments are now available on the NHS and due to the promising and consistent results, it is more regularly recommended by GPS.

Improving Health with Acupuncture

Not only is it a treatment that can be used on a variety of ailments, it can also work in conjunction with prescribed medication, helping to reduce unpleasant and unnecessary side effects.

There are many benefits to receiving acupuncture treatments that most people aren’t aware of and so here we have listed a few that have had overwhelmingly positive results.

Cancer Help

One of the biggest uses of acupuncture in recent years has been in cancer patients, either those in remission or those currently receiving chemotherapy.

There have been many studies carried out exploring the effect of acupuncture in this field which have shown many successful outcomes. Patients have found that with acupuncture, they are able to recover much quicker and their immune system feels boosted following treatments.

Studies have also found that patients quality of life is much better with less nausea, insomnia, and fatigue when receiving acupuncture treatments.

At Acupuncture That Works we pioneered a treatment protocol for patients suffering from hot flushes and the results of that study and details of ‘The Guy Protocol‘ can be found here.

Pregnancy

Another key area that many doctors in the UK are recommending acupuncture for is pregnancy and post-partum care.

Pregnancy

With acupuncture treatments being so well documented as helping patients to relax, reduce stress and anxiety it is the perfect treatment for pregnant women.

Unlike other medication which can cause harmful side effects to both the mother and child, acupuncture is a completely safe treatment that seeks to reduce any unpleasant pregnancy symptoms. It not only helps to ease the physical pain and tension expectant mothers may be experiencing but also the mental and emotional strain.

It is however important to ensure that you are being treated by a trained acupuncturist as there are certain points that they are advised to avoid stimulating during pregnancy.

Head Pain

Head pain, whether it be a headache or migraine is one of the most common illnesses in the world as we spend more and more time staring at screens.

As a result of it being so common, people are often reluctant to regularly rely on pills to relieve pain and are now seeing acupuncture as a more long-term and safer solution. Various studies have shown that in terms of chronic tension-based headaches, acupuncture can be a valuable tool.

It successfully reduced pain in patients and allowed them to feel more relaxed and less anxious than they were pre-treatment.

Is Acupuncture Safe?

There are continuous studies into acupuncture, looking to provide evidence that it can be an effective and safe treatment for a long list of sicknesses and viruses.

If you feel that you could benefit from a more natural approach to medicine, then it is worth looking into acupuncture. Not only could acupuncture help to relieve mental or physical pain you may be experiencing, it may also help set you on healthier and happier lifestyle path.


If you think Acupuncture could benefit you or if you have an inquiry about Acupuncture That Works then call us on 0800 051 76 88 or fill in our contact form.

Acupuncture That Works Works welcomes Rosemary Heaton from Pure Mind Hypnotherapy

Here at Acupuncture That Works we are proud to welcome Rosemary Heaton as a brand new member of our clinic team.

Rosemary Heaton - Hypnotherapist - Pure Mind Hypnotherapy - Acupuncture That Works

Coming from a family with deaf parents and a deaf sister, Rosemary has long understood the need to overcome any and all disabilities or problems, and it has given her a strong intuition into the root of problems she helps her clients to face.

Rosemary has many qualifications including Master Practitioner Diploma in Clinical Hypnotherapy, Practical NLP Diploma, Life Coaching Certificate, Gastric Band Hypnotherapy Certificate, Stress Management & Hypnotherapy, Advanced Hypnotherapy Diploma, so you know you’re in great hands.

Using hypnotherapy, Rosemary offers to help you with issues surrounding an amazing technique called the Hypno-Gastric Band, weight loss, stopping smoking, confidence and self-esteem, stress and anxiety, and freedom from fears and phobias.

To book an appointment with Rosemary, ring in on 0800 051 76 88.

If you want to find out more about the rest of the team, come and see them here.

Acupuncture That Works Group Picture
Acupuncture That Works Group Picture

B – Ashton-Under-Lyne

I had never had acupuncture before, but, after having flu in December 2017, I was left with a constant cough. My GP prescribed an inhaler, but I was still coughing. I read on the internet that acupuncture could help, so, in February 2018, I visited Tina Clegg’s surgery in Ashton-under-Lyne. I walked in coughing and after just that one session, I didn’t cough for the whole week. I had four further sessions and have not coughed since.

Tina made me feel very welcome and relaxed in her lovely, immaculate room and answered all questions I asked in a knowledgeable and professional manner. I would definitely recommend acupuncture as a treatment for a chronic cough brought on by an infection like the flu, and I would recommend Tina as a competent practitioner.

Please note that all testimonials on this site have been written by the patients themselves.  All views expressed within them are solely those of the individuals concerned.  Any mention of success with their treatment applies only to their specific experience and is in no way a guarantee of efficacy in the treatment of other patients.  Whilst we will attempt to help any and all patients who attend our clinic we cannot guarantee the same outcome as those reported here.

Why do we need this disclaimer? – Read the answer here.

Can Acupuncture help migraine sufferers?

Anyone that regularly suffers from migraines knows how debilitating it is and more importantly how you would do anything to subside the pain. Therefore, as a result of typical Western pain medication such as paracetamol and ibuprofen having little to no effect on severe migraines, many people have turned to Acupuncture.

Acupuncture For Migraine Relief

As with any medical treatment, there are studies that oppose and support the effect of Acupuncture but over the past decade, there has been an increase in research evidencing the relief it has provided sufferers of chronic migraines.

This is also further substantiated by The World Health Organisation who have in fact endorsed acupuncture as a viable and promising treatment for pain relief since the late 1970’s.

So, how exactly does Acupuncture subside migraine pain?

Acupuncture theory is based on the idea that the body is comprised of energy or ‘Qi’ (pronounced ‘chi’) that is in a continuous flow. If there is a blockage in your body this flow of Qi is stopped causing pain or illness to the correspondent area of the body.

Acupuncture seeks to help restore this flow of energy by targeting and stimulating specific points on the body with hair-thin needles.

In terms of the pain relief aspect, because the Acu-points are usually located close to nerves, when stimulated they will release hormones such as endorphins into the body. In turn, this is what will help relieve any chronic migraine pain and promote relief and relaxation in the brain.

Are there any side effects?

Acupuncture comes with very little side effects when carried out by a licensed and trained practitioner.

With that in mind, it is extremely important to research your acupuncturist before booking your first appointment. One of the best ways to do this is to visit their website and look for customer testimonials, particularly for the reason you are seeking out the treatment. This should give you a clear and honest idea of how the acupuncturist works and how effective the treatment is.

When you do arrive at your appointment don’t be afraid to ask questions and watch to see the way in which the practitioner stores and uses the needles. One of the biggest health risks in any medical field is the use of equipment that is not sterile as it poses a serious health risk. At Acupuncture That Works all our needles are single use and are safely disposed of by a licensed Waste Contractor.

Whilst acupuncture is a safer alternative to traditional medication with little to no side effects, it ultimately cannot wholly take the place of being treated with medication.

Often Acupuncture works best when coupled with medication as it can help subdue any unpleasant side effects of the treatment.

Some headaches and migraines will require more immediate medical attention and it is important that you seek out this help instead of waiting to receive acupuncture.

If you are experiencing symptoms such as being light-headed, dizziness or nausea, it is important that you see a doctor as soon as possible as sometimes there can be more severe underlying issues such as allergic reactions, blood clots or blood pressure spikes.


If you would like to find out more about how acupuncture could help with your migraines please call us on 0800 051 76 88 or fill in our contact form.

MS – Northwich

I’d been suffering from shoulder impingement but finding that physio was making things worse and had been referred for a cortisone injection. It was at this point that Emma at ATW was recommended to me.

After the first session, I decided to carry on with the acupuncture and not go for the injection and I’m really glad I did!

Emma made me feel completely at ease and following a number of sessions I’m amazed at the improvement – I really wish I’d discovered it sooner! I couldn’t recommend Acupuncture That Works highly enough.

Please note that all testimonials on this site have been written by the patients themselves.  All views expressed within them are solely those of the individuals concerned.  Any mention of success with their treatment applies only to their specific experience and is in no way a guarantee of efficacy in the treatment of other patients.  Whilst we will attempt to help any and all patients who attend our clinic we cannot guarantee the same outcome as those reported here.

Why do we need this disclaimer? – Read the answer here.

CR – Salford

I had my first ever acupuncture session with Emma Guy, she shared some incredible insights into acupuncture and took her time to find out what would be the best approach for my personal needs.

I felt very relaxed and at ease before and during the treatment.

The past few weeks I have felt incredible and my confidence has grown since the session. This was something we discussed and I look forward to my next session with Emma.

Highly recommended!

Please note that all testimonials on this site have been written by the patients themselves.  All views expressed within them are solely those of the individuals concerned.  Any mention of success with their treatment applies only to their specific experience and is in no way a guarantee of efficacy in the treatment of other patients.  Whilst we will attempt to help any and all patients who attend our clinic we cannot guarantee the same outcome as those reported here.

Why do we need this disclaimer? – Read the answer here.

MF – Winsford

Over the last couple of years, I have been suffering badly with stress, anxiety and depression, I had been to the doctors a few times and all they wanted me to do was take some pills.

I didn’t want to go down this route and tried almost everything to help me feel better naturally. With a fear of needles, my last resort was to try acupuncture! Best decision I have made.

I wish I could put across just how much acupuncture and Cath has helped me, from my first visit I was put at ease and literally felt my stress levels melt away from the first needle going in.

I have since been going weekly and I am like my old self again! Can’t thank Cath enough for what she has done for me.

Anyone who is in two minds please just give it a go even if terrified of needles or think it wouldn’t work give it a go and you will be amazed.

A weekly visit of acupuncture with Reiki has done more for me than anything doctors have done for me.

 

Please note that all testimonials on this site have been written by the patients themselves.  All views expressed within them are solely those of the individuals concerned.  Any mention of success with their treatment applies only to their specific experience and is in no way a guarantee of efficacy in the treatment of other patients.  Whilst we will attempt to help any and all patients who attend our clinic we cannot guarantee the same outcome as those reported here.

Why do we need this disclaimer? – Read the answer here.

How Acupuncture may help with Weight Loss

Weight loss is an issue that affects most people and with the average clothing size in the UK now being a 16, many people are eager to shed the pounds. However, losing weight can be extremely tough not only on your body physically but also mentally.

There are so many fad diets, exercise regimes and everything in between it can be hard to know what is best for you without harming yourself, but this is where acupuncture comes in.

back-acapunctureAcupuncture works as a complementary therapy with your diet plan, helping to ensure you stay on track and stay healthy.

There have been many studies carried out which have produced results suggesting that combining acupuncture with a standard diet helps individuals to lose more weight overall. That being said, many people have misconceptions of what acupuncture is, based on dramatised Hollywood versions with large painful needles which look like a method of torture.

In reality, acupuncture is a very gentle process which involves inserting hair fine sterilised needles into specific acupressure points on your body. In doing so the needles will then stimulate a reaction in your body to release hormones such as endorphins.

It is hormones such as these which promote relaxation, reduce feelings of stress and generally bring about physical and mental calm. It is this calm that can help you on your weight loss journey instead of stress eating or turning to unnecessary medication.

This derives from Traditional Chinese Medicine and within this, there is the belief that weight gain, particularly large weight gains in a short period of time is caused by an imbalance in the body.

In all acupuncture theory, when something is wrong it is derivative of an imbalance but in terms of weight gain, it is thought to be a problem with the spleen, kidneys, and liver. To counteract this imbalance, acupuncturists will stimulate the point on the body which correlates to the affected area.

The kidneys, in particular, are in charge of the water in your body and therefore any water retention issues will lead back to this area. By addressing areas such as these you will begin to see a big difference in your physical appearance provided you are also sticking to a traditional diet.

Auricular AcupunctureMost people find that they only require acupuncture once a week or once every two weeks to maintain their diet and continue with a healthy lifestyle. Many patients also report that actively seeking out this support gives them the added motivation to keep going as each week they want to see results.

Despite the importance of the physical side of acupuncture, the individual’s mental state is equally as important as without a positive attitude and motivation you will quickly slip back into bad habits.

To continuously lose weight you must be in the correct mental state which is why acupuncture seeks to maintain healthy hormonal balance in the brain. By releasing endorphins, the brain begins to destress which puts you in a much better mindset to stay on track.

If you find keeping a balance in your life something of a struggle, why not try acupuncture and see what it could do for you? Call us today on 0800 051 76 88 and book an appointment at your nearest clinic.

Disclaimer

The ASA has upheld complaints about ads that refer to acupuncture but where it was not made clear that any relief achieved was temporary or “short-term” (Eileen Mannion Acupuncture, 18 October 2017). The ASA is likely to accept advertising claims about the sensory effects of acupuncture including claims about well-being or references to “feeling revitalised”, “more positive” or “relaxed”.

Acupuncture Awareness Week 2018 Is Here

Beginning the 11th of March, Acupuncture Awareness week aims to promote the practice of Acupuncture in the UK. The event is supported by the British Acupuncture Council.

Throughout the week, you will find members throughout the UK using this opportunity to speak to as many of you as possible about traditional acupuncture. With over 2.3 million treatments taking place every year acupuncture has quickly become one of the more popular complementary therapies available in the UK.

There will be a number of talks, open days and exhibitions going on throughout the country over the next week. Keep an eye out and get involved from the 11th until the 16th of March.

If you’re interested in trying acupuncture or want to find out more call Acupuncture That Works on 0800 051 76 88. We would love to help with a range of issues such as pain including headaches, dental issues and sports injuries as well as sickness and body revitalisation.


For more information visit http://www.acupuncture.org.uk

5 ways that acupuncture can help your health and wellbeing in 2018

Every year we create resolutions to help us be fitter and healthier but physically and mentally but as January and February slip into March on we could all do with a boost to help us along the way.

One of the best and increasingly popular ways of achieving this is to receive regular acupuncture treatments.

Acupuncture can benefit your health and wellbeing in numerous ways whether it be for a specific ailment either physical or psychological or simply to improve your overall health.

Most people believe acupuncture is for relieving back and neck pain without realising how much it can offer which is why we have compiled a list of 5 ways in which acupuncture can help you.

Acupuncture for Anxiety

One of the biggest issues facing people today is anxiety, but for many, taking medication is a last resort. Because of the broad range of potential side effects associated with anxiety medications more and more people are turning to acupuncture.

Acupuncture can help calm you physically and mentally, relieving the stress caused by anxiety and allowing your body to return to a state of harmony.

Another issue associated with anxiety can be the inability to stay present and grounded in a world when there is so much going on around you, making your mind race.

Mindfulness and Acupuncture

Practising mindfulness is something that goes hand in hand with dealing with anxiety especially in an increasingly fast pace society.

With so much happening around the globe and in our personal lives it can be hard to stop and care for yourself. This is why acupuncture can be a healthy and relaxing solution to help you better understand how your body is feeling. Having the ability to understand when something is wrong with your body will help you to restore balance, keeping you mentally and physically healthy.

Acupuncture for Sleep issues

The most effective way to heal your body is through rest and if you’re not getting your 8 hours you can’t operate at 100%.

Acupuncture Could Help

Acupuncture is one of the few natural methods of aiding you in getting a better night’s sleep whether it be getting to sleep, staying asleep or getting a more restorative rest. Unlike sleeping medication, acupuncture won’t cause any unpleasant side effects or dependencies; it simply works in unison with your body to promote internal harmony and relaxation.

Acupuncture for Digestion

Another common ailment most people tend to suffer from is poor digestion and consequently, poor bowel movements. This is often down to a number of life choices whether it be poor eating habits, dehydration or even stress.

Acupuncture can not only help you to regulate your digestive system, the process can also help you to better understand which lifestyle choice is causing this problem so that you can change this.

Acupuncture for Energy Levels

Finally, the biggest health complaint you will hear people speak about daily is how tired they are and how little energy they have. Whilst most people will turn to quick caffeine fixes such as coffee and energy drinks, these will only provide a temporary solution and cause you to crash soon after.

Acupuncture is a healthier way to combat fatigue and low energy as it will not cause any adverse effects in the way other stimulants can. By providing your adrenals with the boost they need, you will be able to give your body the energy it needs.

If you are struggling to achieve a balance in your life then why not call us today on 0800 051 76 88 and see if acupuncture can help?