Jacqui has undergone
training with the British Medical Acupuncture Society and offers medical
acupuncture, or “dry needling” in combination with osteopathy.
Acupuncture has been
used for hundreds of years as a method of relieving pain and curing disease,
but until recently we have known little about the way in which it works and how
it reduces pain.
Advances in modern
medicine have now allowed us to understand the mechanism of action, and provide
evidence for the effectiveness of treatment. Studies have shown that
acupuncture can reduce pain by altering the way in which neurones in the brain
respond to a painful stimulus. CAT scans of brain activity during an
acupuncture treatment have shown that the areas of the brain involved in pain
recognition are actually reduced.
We also have evidence
to show that acupuncture reduces inflammation in the body and promotes healing,
by stimulating the body’s own anti-inflammatory response. Hospitals are using
acupuncture to promote wound-healing, reduce nausea and sickness after an
operation, and even to help control pain during labour.
So, what can
acupuncture do for me?
- It is
helpful in reducing pain and swelling in arthritic joints
- It is
effective in the treatment of headache and migraine
provides quick relief from tense/taut muscles and muscle spasm
- It is
widely used for treating sports injuries such as tennis elbow and Achilles
- It can
help to reduce morning sickness in the early stages of pregnancy
Does it hurt?
Acupuncture is a
gentle form of treatment and generally causes little discomfort. Some people
experience a very brief sharpness as the needle enters the skin (as if you had
pricked your finger with a pin), but many people are not aware of any sensation
at all. It is fairly common to have an awareness of the needle in place, with a
mild dull ache sensation.
All needles used are
sterile, disposable needles, so there is no risk of infection. If you regularly
give blood, just ask for a certificate to show that your acupuncturist is properly
trained and registered, and uses acupuncture in a safe, medical environment.
How much does it cost?
It is £42 for the
initial consultation and £35 for follow-up acupunture treatments at our Heworth practice, whether the treatment is
acupuncture, osteopathy or a combination of the two. More about your treatment costs.