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Acupuncture Nottingham

What is acupuncture?

Acupuncture is a traditional system of healing which has been practised for over 2500 years. It involves inserting fine needles into specific points on the body along lines known as meridians or channels, with the aim of bringing about a therapeutic and beneficial effect. Treatments are tailored to the individual, and the points used will vary according to the client’s symptoms and general health.

What can acupuncture be used to treat?

Acupuncture is a holistic treatment, based on the idea that optimum health is achieved by restoring balance throughout the entire body, creating physical, emotional and mental equilibrium. For this reason, it may be useful in treating a wide variety of conditions.

Examples where acupuncture may be beneficial are headaches, hormonal imbalances, digestive problems such as IBS, acute or chronic pain, overactive bladder, anxiety or stress-related issues, or any condition where the client simply feels that their body is out of balance. It can also be used in a preventative way, for promoting good health and aiding relaxation. Clients often report an increase in energy, a reduction in stress, and increased wellbeing.

What will a treatment involve?

An acupuncture treatment starts with the practitioner taking the client’s medical history and asking questions about various aspects of their life which may impact on their health. Usually the client’s pulse will be taken and the tongue examined. Points will be chosen and needles inserted and left for anywhere up to 30 minutes.

What is dry needling?

Dry needling is where acupuncture needles are used for pain reduction and to treat musculo-skeletal conditions. The points used are not necessarily traditional acupuncture points, but are placed in and around the area which is painful or injured.It is thought that this results in the body producing a number of natural chemicals, such as pain-relieving endorphins, and may help to promote healing. Dry needling can be combined with traditional acupuncture points.

Acupuncture is available at our West Bridgford clinic and treatments will be carried out by Imogen. Imogen graduated with a BSc in Acupuncture from the College of Integrated Chinese Medicine in 2008. She also holds a Level 5 diploma in Sport and Remedial Massage from the London School of Sports Massage, awarded in 2010.

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