Classical acupuncture is based on East Asian medicine principles that have been researched and refined over 2000 years. It involves the insertion of very fine sterile needles into specific points on the body.
In far Eastern cultures it still features in mainstream healthcare, both as a stand-alone therapy and in combination with “conventional” medicine. Emma generally uses very few acupuncture needles, and usually only on one side of the body.
Does it work?
Yes although Emma has to admit that she’s biased! But Emma has seen first-hand how just through the use of a small number of needles, the health of her patients has improved… and in some cases where conventional medicine has struggled.
Classical acupuncture is designed to help support the body, irrespective of the “conventional” medicine diagnosis. Every symptom has meaning and whilst a lot of people have acupuncture for a specific condition, (such as back ache, headaches, tennis elbow, anxiety, insomnia, infertility), some have acupuncture when they have no specific reason.
Many people feel deeply relaxed during the treatment – which is an added benefit.
Emma will not waste your time – if she does not think that continued treatment will help then she will say so. However in Emma’s experience the majority of her patients gain improved health and well being from just a few treatments.
How does it work?
From the East Asian medicine perspective inserting a small number of needles helps unblock and regulate the flow of “qi” (vital energy) around the body.
From the more “conventional” viewpoint various theories have been proposed to help explain the mechanisms behind acupuncture. Various theories have been proposed and researched, including the ideas that the needles stimulate the body’s fascia connective tissue, and that the needles stimulate the nerves causing the body to release natural painkiller such as serotonin and endorphin.
A lot of Emma’s patients however don’t care too much as to how it works, they just want it to work and relieve their symptoms!
Emma only ever uses sterile, pre-packaged, single-use disposable needles. Emma is licensed by Barnsley Council and regulated by the British Acupuncture Council.
Emma uses a small number of very fine needles, and combined with a gentle needle technique many of her patients seem to fall asleep!
Acupuncture is considered suitable for all ages including children. It can be used effectively alongside conventional medicine, or other alternative therapies such as osteopathy, chiropractic and homeopathy.
What to wear
No special clothes are needed, although it is helpful if trouser legs are loose fitting, so they can easily be rolled up to the knees. Where appropriate, you may be asked to remove clothing to help Emma to access certain acupuncture points. Acupuncture does not require you to fully disrobe as there are lots of different points that can be used. Often the location of the points that Emma will use are not necessarily close to where symptoms are felt.
After a treatment
In order to receive maximum benefit from acupuncture it is advisable to have a quiet day (as far as is practically possible!), to avoid alcohol and strenuous exercise.
Why not give Emma a call or drop her an email to see if acupuncture can help you?