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.

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.

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.