It's been a busy few days here at Sonas - as well as treating patients I've been out and about. Yesterday was working with the Northern College of Acupuncture who have been catching up with graduates and discussing life in practice for future students - which meant some filming 😱 (anyone who knows me knows I'm not a fan of being in front of the camera 🙄).
Then this morning I've been spending some time with S1 pupils at Earlston High School, participating in a 'Careers in Healthcare' event alongside colleagues in the NHS. Introducing Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine to them was great fun... they even got to have a go at needling our 'patient', Mr Grapefruit 🍊 😂.
I also loved hearing fellow speakers such as radiographers and dental nurses share their positive experiences of having had acupuncture. Acupuncture for all!
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2 - stressful lifestyle
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"Acupuncture is not a placebo.... acupuncture is better than usual care and sham acupuncture for pain from musculoskeletal conditions, knee osteoarthritis and chronic headache." - National Institute for Health Research.
Impartial conclusions from a national health research body, confirming what we as Acupuncturists see every day in clinic. If you or anyone you know suffers from any of these conditions feel free to get in touch to find out more.
Back from a much needed break and raring to go! Looking forward to seeing everyone in clinic this week.
Taking a wee break - trying to follow my own advice 😉. We'll be spending the next couple of weeks on holiday, not far from this waterfall.
**Back in clinic on Monday 24th July**
Until then I'll still be picking up messages intermittently so feel free to get in touch if you have any queries.
07731 924574 / email@example.com
A recent article in the New York Times summarised the link between emotional/mental illnesses and physiological health. A very interesting and thought provoking read. Anxiety and depression is so much more complex than simply feeling anxious or low. The mind and body work as one. Chinese medicine has known this for centuries :-)
Traditional Acupuncture addresses both physical and emotional roots of illness, so if you suffer from anxiety or depression or know someone who does feel free to get in touch, in total confidence. xx
photo credit: New York Times
The British Acupuncture Council have just released a short article about back pain. Bringing together the recent draft NICE guidelines, recent research into Ibuprofen for back pain and reflecting on the aspiration that many health professionals share of a joined up approach to pain management... this article is food for thought.
There is no 'one size fits all' solution. Patient choice, tailored to each individual is key.
Acupuncture may not be for everyone, but as a natural (side-effect free) therapy with multiple benefits, it can offer you a powerful choice in managing pain naturally.
For sufferers of chronic pain, every week in clinic I see Acupuncture help - not only with the pain but the secondary effects of chronic pain, such as poor sleep, fatigue, low mood - with no negative side effects.
If you or someone you know is managing a chronic pain condition, I'm always happy to chat.
These lovely referral cards have just arrived, to spread the word about Acupuncture! Tell your friends about Sonas Acupuncture and you both get a reduced rate as a 'thank you' and 'welcome'. Call 07731 924574 or get in touch on here to find out more.
In talking to people about what I do, I notice some recurring 'headlines' to the conversation.... I decided to have a go at discussing 3 of these here. My FAQ page answers some common questions but there's always more to discuss! If you're curious about Acupuncture, read on….
Hold the front page: Acupuncture does not have to hurt!
One of the biggest surprises for people who come to the clinic is that Acupuncture is not a painful experience. “Oh! I didn’t feel anything” is becoming a commonly heard phrase in the clinic!
If we’re not familiar with Acupuncture needles, our only association with having needles inserted into our bodies might be receiving injections or having blood taken at the Doctor or Hospital. Acupuncture needles are not like this:
Acupuncture works on the whole system – this means it can help with a broad range of conditions
People are naturally curious about what Acupuncture can do… can it help with x, or y, or z? The fantastic thing is that Acupuncture is beneficial to almost all conditions as it helps with the underlying root imbalances that can cause these conditions to occur.
The gardening analogy is one that is used to describe this system a lot. So, if you had a plant that didn’t flower as well as expected, and seemed not to be thriving, what would you do? A gardener’s response would be to assess the conditions – the quality of the soil it was in, the amount of water it was receiving, the level of sunlight, shelter and space it had – and consider each of them in balance. You wouldn’t focus on the shrivelled flower head and tackle the problem there – until you get the right conditions, the same problem will keep occurring. This is exactly the same as the way a Traditional Acupuncturist looks at our health. We consider any imbalances of the whole system, which can influence which ailments we seem more prone to as individuals.
Acupuncture can be a short, medium or long-term part of your life!
“How many treatments will it take?” is another common question. The short answer is it varies hugely.
Historically, Acupuncturists in China were paid to keep their patients healthy – if any patient developed illness, this was viewed as a failure on the Acupuncturist’s part and they were not paid! In this way, Acupuncture is viewed as sustaining balance. But once we have developed a condition or ailment - which is when we in the West often seek treatment - it can take some time to restore balance. This depends on the severity of the problem and how long it has been an issue. Some conditions are cleared in 3-6 appointments, some take longer. If it is an acute condition it may only need 1 session.
It can be necessary to have regular treatment initially, to get on top of the problem, so often we recommend weekly treatment for up to 6 weeks. Following this, appointments can be spaced out, until it becomes ‘maintenance’ of health, only as and when the patient feels the need. This is very much tailored to the individual.
...more 'Acupuncture Headlines' coming soon!
If this has sparked any other questions in your mind please get in touch!