Ever wondered what acupuncture is all about? Kate Winstanley explains how it works, what to expect during a treatment and how it can help you.
How does acupuncture work?
Acupuncture is about treating the underlying cause of your symptoms to return the body to optimum health. Daily stresses, unhealthy lifestyle choices and injury upset our finely tuned balance and lead to physical and emotional symptoms. Through careful questioning and examination I can identify the root cause of your symptoms. Gentle stimulation of specific acupuncture points brings your body and mind back into balance and symptoms disappear.
Does acupuncture hurt?
Sometimes clients say ‘ouch’… but not very often! The sensation is quite often described as a dull ache, a slight bruising feeling or a warm energy radiating up the arm.
What can acupuncture help me with?
• Pain – injuries, neck/back/hip/knee pain, sciatica, frozen shoulder, arthritis
• Digestive disorders – IBS, indigestion, bloating, heartburn, nausea, constipation, eating disorders
• Stress disorders – anxiety, depression, addiction, insomnia, chronic fatigue
• Menstrual and menopausal disorders – PMT, painful periods, PCOS
• Fertility – IVF support, pregnancy discomfort and labour induction
• Headaches and migraines
• Skin conditions – eczema, asthma, psoriasis, acne
How many sessions do I need?
Generally clients require weekly sessions initially and then, as symptoms improve, treatment can be spaced out to fortnightly sessions. Eventually clients can get by with a quarterly ‘MOT’.
Does acupuncture work?
Yes! Acupuncture is so robustly researched that it is now prescribed by the NHS for certain conditions. Be sure to ask your GP to refer you for a course of acupuncture and remember that some private health insurers cover treatment too. Research statistics and factsheets are available at katewinstanley.com.
Kate Winstanley is the acupuncturist at Lomax Bespoke Fitness, Nutrition & Wellbeing.
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