March 2nd – 8th is Acupuncture Awareness Week. Have you ever considered acupuncture but felt too unsure to take that first step? It may be thousands of years old, but the use of acupuncture is increasing and more and more research is showing it to be effective. The World Health Organisation lists more than 40 conditions for which it may be helpful.
A new study reveals Rutland stress levels are on the increase and we are risking our health by turning to sugary food, takeaways and alcohol to help cope with modern life. The study by the British Acupunctue Council (BAcC) to mark Acupuncture Awareness Week (AAW) shows that over half of the UK are more stressed now than ten years ago but are turning to junk food and booze in a bid to make themselves feel better. The study of 5,000 adults found that a third of us admit to comfort eating when stressed, a quarter confess to drinking alcohol and as a result 1 in 5 admit they put on weight. Despite 70% of the UK saying they are aware prolonged periods of stress can have a long term impact on their health, almost half of people admit they just put up with it and two thirds say stress is unavoidable in their life. A lack of time (41%), wanting to have it all (25%) and difficulty switching off from work (24%) were cited as the top reasons for the rise of burnt out Brits.
Jo George & Duncan Ford, qualified members of the British Acupuncture Council comment: “Stress can make it difficult to maintain a healthy lifestyle but reaching for your favourite foods or treating yourself to that bottle of wine after a hectic day may make you feel better in the short term but it won’t tackle the root cause of the problem. Traditional acupuncture is an effective, evidence based therapy that can be a positive step for anyone wanting to get their stress levels back under control”
With 2.3 million acupuncture treatments carried out each year, traditional acupuncture is one of the most popular complementary therapies practised in the UK today. Based on ancient principles which go back nearly two thousand years, traditional acupuncture involves placing extremely fine, sterile needles painlessly at specific points on the body to trigger a healing response and restoring balance.
Despite acupuncture’s widely recongised health benefits, many of us are missing the point when it comes to the ancient Chinese medicine. Statistics show that only 4% of the UK have tried acupuncture to cope with stress and 67% say they didn’t know the therapy can help to release endorphins, the body’s “feel good” hormones.
Jo George & Duncan Ford continue “Although the research shows 1 in 10 of us think stress isn’t serious enough to seek help, it’s common to feel exhausted, overwhelmed and even depressed so finding support is vital. A course of traditional acupuncture helps to target the root cause of the problem as treatment is unique for each individual. Typically the cause could be a deficiency in the body exacerbated by overwork, working long hours, burning the candle at both ends or a lack of proper rest and nourishing food. Together with a specific treatment plan which addresses diet, exercise and lifestyle, many of my patients find traditional acupuncture to be a wonderfully relaxing experience. When looking for a practitioner, make sure you find a qualified acupuncturist registered with the British Acupuncture Council to ensure a high standard of care and safety”.
Anyone! From children to the elderly, from professional athletes to those with chronic painful conditions and it is also safe in pregnancy. There is very little discomfort. In fact, it is deeply relaxing and often used in the treatment of stress and anxiety. It can be particularly useful if you can’t take pain medication or if you have multiple issues that need addressing
How do Traditional and Medical acupuncture differ?
Medical acupuncture is the term used when acupuncture is provided by someone in a medical profession: doctors, osteopaths and physios for example. They attend short courses in acupuncture and use it to enhance their ususal treatment. It is sometimes called ‘dry needling’ or ‘trigger point therapy’ and is useful mainly for musculo-skeletal conditions. Traditional acupuncturists train to degree level for three years. Whilst Western health forms a large part of our training the main focus is on acupucnture itself and we have a much wider knowledge of the use of acupuncture points. We can often treat pain without the need for manipulation or painful massage. We can also address many other conditions or the underlying condition causing the pain. There are diffrerent styles of acupuncture.
At your first appointment a detailed medical and lifestyle history is taken. Acupuncture treats the whole person and your acupuncturist will need to know not just the facts about your condition but how it affects you in every way. One of the strengths of the Eastern approach to health is that it recognises the emotional impact of pain and illness and the physical issues cause by emotional distress where it is appropriate. There is a short non-intrusive physical examination and I also gain information from taking your pulse and looking at your tongue. Your first treatment is also included in this session. Tiny, hair-thin needles are inserted into specific points on the body. The are ultra fine and pass through the skin so quickly they are barely noticeable. The needles are retained for about 30-40 minutes. Surprisingly you do not feel them. The treatment room is warm and comfortable and most qeople quietly doze off and find this a calming and relaxing experience. The number of treatments required varies, but if you think in terms of four to six treatments for a lasting result, it is a good guide. With pain-related conditions it is ususally beneficial to have initial treatments quite close together for maximum effect. For others a weekly interval between the first four treatments is advisable.
Who are we?
We are experienced acupuncturists based in Stamford. We are fully qualified and insured. We love our jobs and are often amazed by what acupuncture can do. We want to encourage as many people as possible to at least explore what it might be able to do for them. So, in conjunction with Acupuncture Awareness Week, for the whole of March, we are offering: Free short consultations and also an experience of the needles if you then wish – you will be surprised how gentle it is! Or just call us for a chat about your problem, we are always happy to talk and you will not be pressured into coming for treatment. As we are all living longer it is so important to be able to live life to the full. Acupuncture can help us do that. Please call for a free informal preliminary chat with either Jo George 07914 851995 www.lifemedicineclinic.com or Duncan Ford 07714575720 www.duncanfordacupuncture.co.uk
Jo George practices Traditional Acupuncture which is based on Chinese medicine principles that have been developed, researched and refined for over 2,500 years. Jo George is a Professional and Fully Insured Member of The British Acupuncture Council and Register of Chinese Herbal Medicine.
Duncan Ford is a fully registered member of the BAcC, which is the leading regulatory body of acupuncture in the UK. he regularly attends practitioner development courses, so he can offer his clients the best course of treatments to suit them while remaining loyal to the roots of this living tradition