How Acupuncture Appears To Help Back Pain
We have two accredited Southampton Acupuncturists, Sharon and Martin, who work from the YOU Massage & Therapy Centre
Chronic back pain is an extremely common ailment across the global population, and if it’s something you struggle with, it can be difficult to find treatments that consistently improve your symptoms. Many people swear by acupuncture sessions to relieve tension, particularly as an alternative to more invasive treatments or to drugs that could have problematic side effects. The reason acupuncture works well as an alternative to more invasive treatments is because it takes a holistic approach. Although there’s still more research to be done, this treatment is extremely promising as a long term strategy for managing back pain.
What is Acupuncture?
Hello, it gives me great pleasure to meet you and to be working alongside the other wonderful therapists at YOU Massage.
I graduated from the College of Integrated Chinese Medicine in 2010 and have been in practice since then. During this time I have met and helped 100’s of amazing people. Most of whom generally come to me when they are in some form of pain, have serious illness, or just don’t feel healthy and themselves.
In my experience I have found Acupuncture and Chinese medicine are effective methods for helping people with their health issues. I use two main methods of treatment; Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) and Five Elements (Constitutional) Acupuncture. Alongside this, I also employ additional tools such as tuina massage, cupping, moxabustion, guasha (skin scraping) etc. These all support and enhance the treatments. However, most importantly, I work closely with all patients to improve their overall health and wellbeing. Offering lifestyle advice and coaching such as exercise, dietary support, motivation, problem solving or relationships, are often considered an essential part of the treatment and will help you to achieve the best results and in becoming your best self.
Southampton Osteopath, Ed Webb, offers Dry Needling from our Bedford Place studio
What is dry needling?
The popular treatment of dry needling (as opposed to wet needling such as Botox, corticosteroids, anaesthetics etc), also known as western or medical acupuncture, is frequently used by health care professionals such as osteopaths, physiotherapists, chiropractors and even some GPs.
By effectively isolating problem areas on the body, namely myofascial trigger points, the therapist can deliver fine acupuncture needles intramuscularly. Several studies have shown immediate improvements in pain and/or disability by targeting trigger points in this way, and there is no shortage of clients and patients who can advocate the outstanding effects of this ever-popular treatments.
How does Dry needling it work?
The proposed mechanism of dry needling involves the mechanical disruption of the integrity of dysfunctional endplates, alterations in the length and tension of muscle fibres and stimulation of mechanoreceptors, increased muscle blood flow and oxygenation, and endogenous opioid release affecting peripheral and central sensitization, among others.
What on earth does that all mean I hear you say?
Essentially, dry needling therapy induces a stimulatory effect on the body’s tissues, which helps kickstart the body’s own painkilling and healing capabilities; amazing right? Osteopaths amongst many other practitioners and therapists have known for a long time about the internal powers our bodies possess to heal themselves, our job is merely to bring about and facilitate this change and reach equilibrium.
Taking care of you, so you can take care of new life
Holistic Therapy for Fertility…
As written by midwife and Holistic Massage Therapist, Kirsty
We spoke in the last chapter about the importance of self care for your well being, here, I want to go into more detail about the specific care I would recommend. All available at YOU Massage, Southampton; The complementary therapies I see having the most affect for men and women and couples in the fertility journey are…
Comfortable in your Skin?
Written by Southampton Acupuncturist, Sharon Bradbear
The weather is getting warmer and we are shedding our winter woollies and revealing our limbs to the sun, but do you feel confident to do this, or do you dread the summer due to a skin condition such as:
If you have an un-diagnosed skin conditions, check the links above to see if you have similar symptoms.
Skin conditions can be distressing for the sufferer, both mentally and physically.
Acupuncture can be very beneficial for all types of skin complaints such as these. It can treat the skin problem directly, plus the underlying symptoms causing these common skin complaints can be addressed. Acupuncture has been used for 1,000s of years and is ideal for those that prefer a non-chemical approach with minimal invasion.
At this time of year, we start to think of warmer weather and possibly trips abroad to even sunnier climes, and time spent on a sandy beach. But do you look forward to revealing more flesh at this time, or does the thought make you feel depressed?
Weight loss is quite a solitary journey, plus the advice is ever more confusing and conflicting. And weight loss programmes rarely address the emotional aspect. So were to start? Did you know that acupuncture can help?
The Acupuncture we offer from our Southampton studio is unique. So much so that you may even forget that you are visiting us for needle therapy! It is so much more than that. Our kind and dedicated Acupuncturist, Sharon, takes the time to get to know you and your lifestyle. Sharon offers a great deal of advice and the plan you create together is all part of your Acupuncture therapy.
As well as helping you understand and overcome the mental stigmas involved with weight gain, Acupuncture helps you physically by unblocking the pathways required for fluids and essential process to flow through. Without a balanced body, you are likely holding on to extra fat cells, fluid and toxins which all in turn create extra weight in the form of fat, water and cellulite.
You’ll be amazed at how much better you feel and look after a course of Body Confidence Acupuncture Therapy!
Ans what’s more, we are offering it on a special offer for you! Quote this article during spring and summer 2015 and we will discount your course of treatment by a further 10%!
Everyone can already benefit from a discount when booking a course of Acupuncture with YOU Massage.