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.

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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.

It’s our 5th Birthday!

It’s our 5th birthday – share this post and Win a Free Treatment!

They do say that time flies, but nothing can compare to the whirlwind of the last five years. Acupuncture That Works first opened our doors on 1st November 2011 and from humble beginnings we have grown to the practice we are today.

Acupuncture that Works 5th birthday cupcakeThe early years were, as with most businesses, a challenge but the one thing that kept us going was the fabulous response we got from our customers. So many people came back week after week reporting improvements in the way they felt and attributing that improvement to acupuncture.

So, five years on and there are now three team members with plans to grow again early in the New Year. The constant flow of new enquiries and recommendations from existing customers has meant that demand just keeps on rising.

To celebrate our success we’d like to give something back, so everyone who shares this post on Facebook will be entered into a prize draw at the end of the week (6pm, 4th November) and one lucky winner will receive a free treatment on their next visit.

We would like to say a huge ‘thank you’ to everyone who has felt the benefit of Acupuncture That Works and made it the successful business it is today. Here’s to the next five years!


33% Off Hopi Ear Candle Treatments this Winter

This November and December we’re offering 1/3rd off our Hopi Ear treatments – now only £30 a session (normally £45). For more information or to book a treatment call us on 0800 051 76 88.

Alternatively why not give the gift of a treatment to a friend this Christmas? We offer gift vouchers for our treatments that would make the perfect gift.

Sessions typically last 45-60 minutes.

What is Hopi Ear Therapy?

Hopi ear therapy is designed to help treat conditions associated with the ear, nose and throat.  It is an ancient, non-invasive and natural therapy treatment offering a number of benefits, relieving a wide range of conditions.  Also known as Thermo Auricular Therapy, it involves a specially designed hollow candle being inserted just inside the ear canal, which is made from natural ingredients – usually 100% beeswax, but sometimes with the addition of natural herbs or essential oils.  The candles work on a “chimney” principle and when lit, the candle gentle stimulates the ear and draws the impurities and excess wax from within the ear, whilst giving the ear drum a gentle, but pleasant massage.  This now popular therapy is known for its physical benefits as well as promoting deep relaxation and is thought to have therapeutic benefits which can help to relieve stress and revitalise the body.

What are the benefits?

  • Relief from colds, influenza, headaches, migraines
  • Removal of excessive wax build up
  • Help to improve sense of hearing
  • Reduce stress and anxiety
  • Relieve mild vertigo
  • Relief from Tinnitus
  • Relief from throat problems such as tonsilitus
  • Assisting with headaches and migraines
  • Reduction of inner ear irritation
  • Increase blood circulation
  • Post flying, driving pressure and swimmers ear
  • Helping problems with snoring by easing congestion of the upper respiratory airways
  • Provides a deep and lasting sense of mental, physical and emotional relaxation

Hopi Ear CandlingIs there a limit to how often I should have it done?

This will depend on the individual as one treatment may be sufficient, however, depending on the build-up of excess wax it may require 2 – 3 treatments.  Regular treatments every 6 – 8 weeks may help to relieve and prevent excess build up.

When not to use Hopi ear candles?

This technique should not be performed on people who have perforated ear drums, ear is infected or is allergic to the candle ingredients.  The treatment should be pleasant, comfortable and improve the hearing.  If at any time during an ear candling session you start to feel pain or discomfort, stop immediately and seek advice.

To book a treatment call us on 0800 051 76 88. Our special offer gives you 33% off your treatment this November and December – just £30 a session.

5 Tips to relieve Chronic Back Pain

acupuncture as a relief for chronic back painChronic back pain can have a seriously detrimental effect on your everyday life making even the simplest of tasks such as housework, driving, picking up your child or even dressing almost impossible. This debilitating condition can also lead to over-reliance on strong medications and even cause depression.

However, there are natural and simple measures you can take to help ease the pain, strengthen your back, and improve your overall health. Here’s what you can do to help your back.


One of the most simple and obvious ways to help your back is to correct your posture. Many people slump in front of the computer, lounge on the sofa and walk with shoulders hunched – and they’ve been doing it for years! By learning to sit and stand up straight, working your abdominal muscles to relieve tension in your spine, pushing your shoulders back and keeping your head up, you’ll take a great deal of pressure off your back.

Lose Weight

Even just 5 kilograms extra can put strain on your back. A nutritious diet and gentle exercise will not only ease back pain, but will make you feel better and give you more energy.


Pilates and yoga exercises are suitable for all ages and abilities. Low impact exercises will stretch your muscles and strengthen your abdominal core, putting less pressure on your back.

Quit Smoking

Smoking obstructs essential blood and oxygen flow, causing problems with discs that cushion your vertebrae. Lung congestion can also create upper back pain.


By stimulating key pressure points and triggering the body’s natural painkillers, Acupuncture can improve the body’s function, ease pain and promote natural healing. Many patients find that acupuncture is more effective than many over-the-counter medicines. Acupuncture can also help with weight loss and smoking cessation.

For more information, contact Acupuncture That Works today on 0800 051 76 88.