Our clinic in Northwich is a new type of acupuncturist, where we use traditional Chinese methods with a modern twist.
We don’t claim to be better than Western medicine, but instead, prefer to work with it as we believe that there is more than one way to treat your complaint, as we work with you to help you improve. If you want to find out more then please feel free to call us on 0800 051 76 88.
What is Acupuncture?
It is the ancient Eastern art of providing therapy to individuals who have ailments.
The principle is that if you are suffering from pain it is because the body’s Qi (Chi) has been disturbed, and the process involves the insertion of very fine needles into the ‘channels’ which Eastern medicine practitioners believe flow around your body, helping your Qi to flow and to re-establish a balance between the body’s Yin and Yang.
Acupuncture – how is it performed?
The session’s length depends on the type of therapy a person receives. There are many different practices, but all of them involve an insertion of needles into specific places on the body, the so-called ‘points’ or ‘channels’. The particular points and their exact number are determined by the practitioner based on the individual’s condition and goal. The service can be provided either in a sitting position or standing up. To access certain body parts, depending on the type of therapy, an individual may be asked to remove certain pieces of clothing. The needles used during the therapy are very fine, no thicker than a human hair. They are only a few centimetres long and pre-sterilised. Depending on the session, they can be inserted just under the skin or deeper. Once inserted, they are left in such a position for a specified time period.
How can Acupuncture help me?
At Acupuncture That Works we categorise our Acupuncture into four key areas:
- Sickness including nausea, vomiting and irritable bowel syndrome.
- Pain relief, particularly back pain, dental pain and muscular pain including sports injuries
- Addiction, detoxification, fertility and revitalisation including facial acupuncture
- Balanced living including stress problems, insomnia and weight control.
If you would like to find out more about the benefits of traditional Chinese acupuncture but with a modern approach then please contact us on 0800 051 76 88.
Contraindications for acupuncture
As it is the case of any therapy, there are certain considerations to be taken into account. One of the contraindications to such a method is working with people who have uncontrolled movements. Some of the so-called ‘relative’ contraindications to the therapy involve dealing with diabetics and people suffering from epilepsy or cancer. Others include acute stroke, as well as haemophilia and other clotting disorders. Whereas, for people with bleeding disorders and/or taking anticoagulants it is advised to talk to the GP before the session. Moreover, scars, as well as recent incisional wounds and skin with sensory deficit should not be needled. Areas with skin conditions should be treated with extra care. A few of the special precautions for acupuncture include pregnancy, bleeding tendency, immuno-suppression, epilepsy, as well as people with unclear diagnosis, abnormal physical structure. Such a therapy is not usually advised to people with metal allergy.
Possible side effects of acupuncture
After the completed session an individual may experience some short-time side effects. The most common side effect is minor bleeding and bruising, as well as pain where the needles punctured the skin. Some people experience a temporary and short-term increase in pre-existing symptoms. When lying down during the therapy an individual may also feel dizzy or faint after getting up. Others have experienced drowsiness and feeling sick. Therefore, a practitioner should be extra cautious when dealing with a person who needs to drive after the session. More serious side effects may include a punctured lung or infections.
Acupuncture as a therapy in our Northwich clinic
At our facility we provide a wide range of services for individuals who have ailments. We therefore offer acupuncture for sickness. We can help relieve some of the most common pregnancy symptoms (nausea and vomiting) as well as IBS’s – irritable bowel syndrome. It can also be used to pain relief. We often come across individuals dealing with headaches, back and dental pain. Muscular pain, including sports injuries, can also be a cause of a visit in our clinic. Such a therapy can also be used for revitalisation, an example of this type of session is facial acupuncture. Here, the needles are inserted in the facial area to increase blood flow and, in effect, give the face a healthier appearance. It is one of the less invasive alternatives to plastic surgery. Our Northwich clinic also offers acupuncture for balanced living which includes stress, weight control and insomnia. It can also be used for depression. Such a therapy is believed to help by stimulating nervous system. The stimulation alters the brain’s mood chemistry which may lead to an increased serotonin production.
Disclaimer: At Acupuncture That Works we are conscious that there are lots of claims made about the results that people can get from using Acupuncture. To be clear, we aim to make no such claims ourselves. We will never claim that Acupuncture will work within a specified time nor that it will bring a specified result. We can say that is possible to deliver short term improvement and short term relief in certain circumstances. It is not and never will be, a miracle cure.