Relieving headaches and migraines

Recent research finds acupuncture effective in treating tension-type headaches and migraine. New information released by NICE (National Institute of Health and Clinical Excellence) today reported medication overuse is one of the most common causes of headaches affecting about one in 50 people and women are five times more likely to suffer from these. NICE conclude that acupuncture is the only proven method to prevent tension-type headaches and migraine and that doctors should prescribe it. For further information and to see if acupuncture can help you just call or email me.

Acupuncture in the Olympics

What a great success the Olympics has been, with Team GB going strong and the nation captivated, a very exciting time. With athletes excelling in their chosen fields it seems many of us have found renewed enthusiasm for sport and are keen to get out there and have a go.

Also exciting to see acupuncture has played such a prominent part, with the Chinese Olympic team using acupuncture and all its related modalities to ensure performance fitness, as well as athletes from America, Japan, South Korea and our own Andy Murray.

Now with competition so great athletes are looking for what will give them that edge, what will make the difference between gold and silver. With this in mind they surround themselves with teams of experts, enabling them to perform to the best of their ability. It means that acupuncture is at last gaining the recognition it deserves as a remedy for sports related injuries and ailments as well as improved recovery.

Long used for the relief of chronic pain, acupuncture not only provides immediate first aid help for injuries, but can also accelerate the process of healing. With many athletes attributing some of there long time success to acupuncture in it’s management of injuries as well as prevention.

With acupuncture there’s also more! With it’s holistic approach It looks to treat the whole person and get to the root of the problem so can go beyond merely alleviating sports injury pain, with regular treatment it can also help improve performance and provide more energy. Which is what we’re all looking for in our own way and maybe for some of us it means a a trip to Rio in four years!

If you have any questions or would like to discuss if acupuncture could help you please call me and I’ll be happy to have a chat with you, or you can book a free consultation by emailing me.

Free Tai Chi classes

Now’s the time to see if Tai chi is for you! The free introductory sessions will be available at the beginning of May. More and more people are taking up Tai Chi as a way to relax and to find a better balance in there life. With it’s simple and flowing movements it’s a beautiful way to connect with yourself and to gently exercise your whole body. Tai Chi is suitable for everyone so make sure you bring your friends along. Classes will be on Monday at the Lam Rim 8pm-9.30pm and on Wednesday  at the Bedminster Family Practice 10am-11am. If you have any questions about the classes and Tai Chi in general please email or call me.

Chill out July- Prior Park

Come and join us for  Tai Chi at Prior Park this summer, the sun is out and it’s looking very beautiful. A perfect place to relax and practice Tai Chi. We started three weeks ago, unfortunately during those rain soaked weeks, but all has gone well. Thankfully we were able to practice on the beautiful bridge, crossing the lake, which offered some shelter. Now we’re down by the lake, with the ducks, birds and a very beautiful black cat, all living in perfect harmony. How beautiful is summer, when the sun is shining.

Treating ‘mystery symptoms’

An estimated 1 in 5 patients today present with symptoms which go undiagnosed and find that without a diagnosis it’s difficult for their doctor to advise on treatment. This often leads to continued suffering and can feel like a hopeless situation without a solution. However recent research at Exeter University has reported that acupuncture is an effective form of treatment that appears to work for people suffering with unexplained symptoms and participants showed ‘a significant and sustained benefit’.

Researchers took a group of 80 adults with undiagnosed musculoskeletal problems, chronic pain, fatigue and emotional problems. Half of the group were given 12 acupuncture sessions over a period of 26 weeks and reported a ‘significantly improved overall wellbeing’, with further benefits such as new self-awareness about what caused stress in their lives, better diet and exercise. The other half acting as a control group reported the same benefits when they also received acupuncture treatments.

These positive results can often be seen after a series of acupuncture treatments and in my experience benefits can be far reaching. With Chinese Medicine the diagnosis of a disease is not required, instead we want to get to the root cause of the problem and so we look at all relevant information, the symptom as well as the patients other general characteristics, physical, mental and emotional. This leads to a detailed understanding of the whole person, and a diagnosis of imbalances, which can then be treated.

As an acupuncturist I would say that a large majority of the people I see will present with some undiagnosed symptoms and often have various symptoms that they feel they just don’t want to bother their GP with. If you have any questions or would like to discuss if acupuncture could help you please email me or call me and I’ll be happy to have a chat with you.