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Could Acupuncture improve workplace attendance?

Stress is a condition which in fast-paced modern day life seemingly affects us all. Most of the time we are able to find ways of dealing with it, but what happens when it becomes too much and begins to affect your health?

According to figures provided by the Office for National Statistics, in the UK 30 million employees took a total of 15.2 million days off work due to stress in 2013. This is because when stress is not properly dealt with it can develop into more serious illnesses both mental and physical, making it one of the biggest causes of work absenteeism.

As a result, employers are now taking new and innovative steps to keep their employees healthy and happy by recommending traditional acupuncture.

Could Acupuncture improve workplace attendance? Traditional Chinese Acupuncture has been used for thousands of years as an alternative medical treatment for a number of ailments. As a result, in recent years it has become increasingly westernised and used in place of more intrusive medications with unwanted side effects.

Acupuncture works by stimulating the nervous system which allows the release of neurochemicals in the brain. In turn, this promotes a chemical change in the body which results in improved physical and mental wellbeing.

Stress is one of the most common problems that patients suffer from and one of the hardest to deal with because of the numerous associated symptoms. Although stress begins as a mental and emotional based condition, it is not long before other aspects of your health can be affected.

Anxiety and depression are other mental issues that may occur, but physical problems such as headaches, IBS, insomnia, chronic muscle pain, joint pain and fatigue can also develop.

Over the years, numerous studies have been carried out to explore the beneficial effects of acupuncture on stress and the results have been more than promising. By targeting specific areas of the brain, calm and relaxation are promoted as the ‘analytical brain’ which causes stress is deactivated. It also is able to help reduce the sensitivity to stress and pain that patients experience by promoting the release of serotonin and endorphins.

Cheshire based Acupuncturist and owner of ‘Acupuncture That Works’ Emma Guy has spent many years working with patients dealing with stress and had this to say;

Emma Guy Cert Ac AHPR‘Throughout my time as an acupuncturist, I have treated many patients who as a result of high-stress jobs were suffering from both physical and mental ailments. In each instance after just a couple of acupuncture treatments, patients are able to feel consistently relaxed and rejuvenated”.

Acupuncture treatments can only take full effect when carried out by a trained and licensed practitioner, which is why it is always advisable to seek a reputable and ATCM (The Association of Traditional Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture UK) approved acupuncturists.

Acupuncture That Works featured on RedShift Radio

Earlier this week Emma was invited to speak on the RedShift Radio Health and Healing programme, with Chrisoula Sirgou.

Acupuncture That Works - Acupuncture PointIt was a fascinating interview and covered off a number of subjects including how Emma gave up a successful career in Management and became an Acupuncturist, what people use Acupuncture for and some of the things that you can expect. For example, did you know that Traditional Chinese Acupuncture (TCM) doesn’t hurt, and that the needles used are so fine they are as thin as a strand of hair?


If you would like to hear what Chrisoula and Emma talked about then the link to the show recording is here. It’s well worth a listen!

A Warm Welcome to Jenny Thomas!

We’re delighted to welcome Jenny to the team at Acupuncture That Works! Jenny’s passion for Chinese medicine was fuelled by her study of martial arts over the past decade.. She experienced the healing qualities of Qi Gong and acupuncture first hand, on a physical and emotional level, and began to get more involved with the theories and philosophies which lay behind these arts . This led naturally on to the study of Chinese Medicine, including acupuncture and Tuina medical massage. She also continues to study Qi Gong which she incorporates into her treatments where applicable.

She studied at Shulan College of Chinese Medicine and Jade College of Oriental Medicine, gaining diplomas in Tuina and Acupuncture and has worked successfully in Scotland and Didsbury over the last year.

Jenny has a background in western medicine, naturopathy and herbalism and has always been interested in different healing modalities. She brings enthusiasm to her work and has a true desire to aid others in their quest for health.


To book an appointment with a member of the Acupuncture that Works team call us today on 0800 051 76 88.

Cupping and Acupuncture

After a summer of up and down weather your body may be left feeling slightly unbalanced. In these times most people would look to see how many more vitamin supplements they can find to take but unsurprisingly, this isn’t the answer. When it comes to your body feeling unbalanced why not try looking at more traditional methods such as acupuncture and cupping. Cupping is a treatment that has blown up over the summer after Olympic athletes and celebrities have been seen with the marks of the cups all over their bodies. In this article we will be discussing what this unique treatment is and the ways in which it works.

Cupping and Acupuncture

In some respects, cupping is similar to a massage in the sense that pressure is still being applied but it is being sucked up through the cups. These cups are usually made of either glass, plastic or more traditionally, bamboo and works by creating an air vacuum that suctions out the air. This pressure that is then created pulls your skin, underlying tissue and muscles upwards and holds it. Often this treatment is coupled with Traditional Chinese Acupuncture treatments to complement its effects, but is not always necessary. The purpose to all of this is ultimately to help improve circulation in your body, relieving any pain that has built up in certain areas and remove any toxins that are trapped.

What is involved in a Cupping session?

During the treatments, patients will often feel a tingling and tight sensation in the area the cup is placed but this can be quite therapeutic and relaxing. If it does become slightly uncomfortable your practitioner won’t hesitate to remove the cup. The amount of time that the cup is generally left on varies depending on what the practitioner believes to be advisable based on your problems. Each treatment will be different and cups can be moved around or left longer depending on the day and how your body reacts. After the treatments you may notice that your skin has turned a red or purple colour – this is normal, particularly if the cup was placed in an area that had an underlying blockage or previous injury. This change of colour can last from a couple of days to a couple of weeks but will generally not cause you any pain or discomfort. You do however have to wait until the marks have completely disappeared to begin another treatment so that the skin and blood vessels are not damaged.

Cupping Methods

There are generally two main methods of cupping that are used within the treatment, those being fixed cupping and moving cupping. Fixed cupping is exactly how it sounds in that the cups are placed onto the problem area of the body and then left there for the duration of the treatment. Moving Cupping, again just as the name would suggest is where the cups are periodically moved around the body throughout the treatment. As you can imagine with the suction technique this could be quite painful which is why your practitioner before placing any cups will massage the area with oil so that they can easily slide around when necessary.

Cupping is a treatment that is not only reserved for world class athletes, it can help anyone in a number of ways. Whether you are suffering from pain, anxiety, constant fatigue, stress, cold and flu like symptoms, muscle pains, skin conditions or any other ailment, cupping is an extremely beneficial treatment.

Book a session!

Interested in booking a cupping treatment? Contact us today on 0800 051 76 88 or fill out our contact form. We have clinics throughout the North West of England including Northwich, Ashton-under-Lyne and Salford.

A Warm Welcome to Elle!

Elle Owen

We’re delighted to welcome Elle to the team at Acupuncture That Works! Elle is a qualified Reflexologist and is also a Level 2 Reiki healer. Elle will also be starting her studies again as a Student Acupuncturist, with a view to becoming qualified before 2019. She comes with a wealth of clinical knowledge in treating fertility patients privately and cancer patients as she has also been a part of the therapist team at St Luke’s hospice for over four years.

We think Elle will be a great addition to the ATW team, Please help me join in welcoming her.


To book an appointment with Elle or another member of our staff call us on 0800 051 76 88.

Acupuncture Awareness Week 2017 – What you need to know.

Beginning the 6th 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 6th until the 12th 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 can 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/.

A Warm Welcome to Tina!

tinaWe’re delighted to welcome the latest practitioner to join our family! Tina is qualified from Shulan College of Chinese Medicine in Acupuncture and Tuina Massage.  She can also provide Swedish massage, Advanced Massage Techniques. Lava Shell Relax Massage, Seated Acupressure (on site chair Massage) and is working to towards Sport Massage.


To book an appointment with Tina or another member of our staff call us on 0800 051 76 88.

Frequently asked Questions about Acupuncture

Frequently Asked Questions FAQ about Acupuncture

Acupuncture can be a great alternative therapy, for a range of conditions and naturally, anyone who is new to acupuncture, will have a myriad of questions about how it works. Here are some of the most frequently asked questions regarding acupuncture.

What Is Acupuncture?

Acupuncture is an ancient Chinese technique which works on the basis of energy. The Chinese believe that all living things have energy, which is often referred to as Qi. The energy flows through different channels which is related or associated to different parts of the body. These channels can become blocked in the event of illness, and the acupuncture points on the body, can then be utilised with the use of needles to increase the cycle of energy for the relevant area. Each acupuncture point is different – from helping with congestion to sprains, acupuncture covers a wide ranging list of diseases and ailments.

Does Acupuncture Hurt?

This is probably one of the most common questions with regard to acupuncture, which is hardly surprising given the use of needles in this highly effective, ancient Chinese treatment. However, this is not like sticking an everyday needle into the body and most people don’t feel anything. Some report a slight tingle or ache, which is said to be a ‘Qi’ sensation.

Are There Side Effects?

Side effects are rarely reported and those that have reported side effects say they were due to slight bruising from a needle. Side effects are extremely rare.

How Often Do I Need to Attend Treatment?

It all depends on the nature of your ailments. Treatment usually stops when the ailment has been cured, however, more serious illnesses may need a programme of treatments to either cure, or. if non-curable, to stop the worsening of symptoms. Many people like to attend a ‘tune up” which can help prevent common ailments.

If you have any burning questions about acupuncture and would like to know more, please contact us now on 0800 051 76 88 or fill out our contact form.