Acupuncture is used to treat a wide range of conditions and addresses both the presenting symptoms and underlying cause. Acupuncture is suitable for all ages, including babies and children.
A full case history is taken to build up a picture of your unique situation, this includes looking at your tongue and taking your pulse. This provides valuable information in deciding the most appropriate treatment for you.
During a session fine disposable needles are gently placed into classical acupuncture points in order to stimulate change along the channels of energy which flow around the body. The aim is to stimulate the body's own healing response and restore natural balance. Treatment is aimed at the root of your condition as well as your symptoms. This approach can lead to a more permanent resolution to your problems. Acupuncture needles are finer than needles used for injections or blood tests. When the needle is inserted the sensation is often described as a tingling or dull ache. Various auxiliary modalities such as electro acupuncture, cupping, Gua Sha scraping and the application of heat via moxibustion or heat lamps are also sometimes used where appropriate but will discussed with you beforehand.
Conditions that Acupuncture can help with include:
- Musculoskeletal problems such as osteoarthritis, joint pain, back pain, sciatica and sports injury.
- Dental pain
- Asthma and Hay fever symptoms,
- Digestive problems such as IBS, frequency and bloating.
- Stress and Anxiety
- Menstrual problems such as irregular periods, heavy or painful periods, PMS.
- Headaches and Migraines
- Low energy
Before and after an acupuncture treatment:
- Common acupuncture points are located on the lower arms and legs, it is advisable to wear clothing that allows access to these areas.
- Try not to go to a treatment on an empty stomach or after a heavy meal.
- Do let your practitioner know if you are completely new to acupuncture so they can take extra time to explain and ensure your are comfortable with the process.
- Most people find acupuncture relaxing and can often feel sleepy. Do take this into consideration especially if you are planning to drive or operate heavy machinery after the treatment.
- You should refrain from vigorous exercise after treatment and ideally, give yourself time to rest. It is advisable not to consume alcohol for several hours after treatment.
Kevin Grey - Acupuncturist
Kevin trained on the BSc (Hons) acupuncture course at The London College of Traditional Chinese Acupuncture (LCTA) and in Tui Na Chinese acupressure massage. He also taught Tui Na & Medical Qigong at LCTA and was a supervising clinician at their student clinic. He is a member of the British Acupuncture Council (BAcC), The UK Register of Traditional Chinese Massage (UKRTCM) & The Complementary Therapists Association (CThA).
Kevin specialises in musculoskeletal problems, but treats a wide range of conditions encountered in general practice, including: back pain, sciatica, sports injury, migraines, arthritis, allergies, PMS, skin problems, fertility & stress.