Acupuncture is an integral part of the rapid growth of complementary medicine in the UK. With an increasing number of people seeking acupuncture treatment it is important for patients and healthcare professionals alike that high standards of treatment, hygiene and professional standards are maintained.
Although sometimes described as a means of pain relief, acupuncture is actually used to treat people with a wide range of illnesses. Its focus is on improving the overall wellbeing of the patient, rather than the isolated treatment of specific symptoms.
What will happen on my first visit?
Your first consultation may be longer than subsequent sessions. You will be asked about your current symptoms and what treatment you have received so far, your past medical history and that of your close family.
All acupuncture treatments are carried out to the highest standards of cleanliness and hygiene. Single-use, pre-sterilised disposable needles are used at all times. Acupuncture needles bear little resemblance to the needles used in injections and blood tests. They are much finer and solid, not hollow. When a needle is inserted the sensation is often described as tingling or aching . During treatments, patients commonly experience a heaviness in the limbs or a pleasant feeling of relaxation. The benefits of acupuncture frequently include more than just the relief from a particular condition. There are around 500 acupuncture points on the body – around 6-10 will be used in any one session.
Acupuncture treatment may be supplemented with dietary, nutritional or lifestyle advice.
Acupuncture is widely used to treat:Musculo-skeletal pain – acupuncture has a long history for treatment/relief of pain. We have a wide experience of treating:
- Backache & sciatica
- Shoulder & neck pain
- Tennis/golfers elbow
- Knee pain
- Whiplash injuries
- Pain associated with arthritis
- Frozen shoulder
- Carpal tunnel syndrome
- Sports injuries
Infertility – not only is Beverley Law a highly qualified member of the relevant professional body (British Acupuncture Council) she is also a Zita West affiliated practitioner, who has a special interest pre-conception care, infertility and pregnancy. Treatments are based, wherever possible, on latest research, helping to increase your chances of achieving a pregnancy via IVF/ICSI as well as supporting you during pregnancy. If you are undergoing assisted conception techniques a treatment plan will be discussed and agreed with you that complements and enhances this.
Pregnancy – congratulations! You have achieved a much desired pregnancy. We aim to help you to remain healthy throughout your pregnancy. Safe, holistic, drug free treatments are available for:
- Morning sickness
- Backache, muscular tension and cramps
- Symphsis pubis dysfunction
- Carpal tunnel syndrome and fluid retention
Gynaecology – you may not be thinking of achieving a pregnancy but are experiencing problems with your menstrual cycle. We can help with common conditions, including:
- Period pain/discomfort
- Heavy bleeding
- Irregular – long short menstrual cycle
- Headaches / migraines
- Premenstrual syndrome
Menopausal symptoms – respond very well to acupuncture treatment, including:
- Hot flushes
- Night sweats
- Changes in mood/emotions
Other conditions that respond well to treatment include:
- Irritable bowel syndrome
- Headaches / migraines
- Side effects to other treatments e.g. nausea associated with chemotherapy