Acupuncture

 

 

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Acupuncture:  Although best known for the control of pain, acupuncture benefits a wide variety of disorders. The World Health Organisation lists over 200 conditions for which acupuncture has an effective therapeutic value.

 

Do you need acupuncture for back pain? Seapoint Acupuncture can help to treat most ailments from knee pain to infertility. Our acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine treatments are designed to counter a variety of physical and mental disorders such as anxiety, depression, digestive disorders, weight loss and even arthritis.

No two cases are the same, and our customised treatment plan will help to treat the entire person instead of just the symptoms of illness.  Read on to see more on exactly how it works…

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  • What is Acupuncture?

    Acupuncture needle inserted

    Acupuncture is one of the oldest medical procedures in the world, having originated in China over 2,000 years ago.

     

    Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) works on the principle that bodily functions are regulated by an energy called Qi (pronounced “chee”). It is believed that disruptions to this flow of Qi can cause disease and dysfunction in the body. By stimulating certain anatomical locations in the body, use of specific acupuncture points can help to restore balance and treat illness. Studies have shown that acupuncture has a healing and beneficial effect on mental, emotional and physical health.

     

    Modern science’s explanation of how acupuncture works is that needling acupuncture points stimulates the nervous system to release chemicals in the spinal cord, brain and muscles. These chemicals, or endorphins then help to change the experience of pain, and can also trigger the release of other chemicals and hormones which influence the body’s own internal regulating system.

     

    Acupuncture can be effective as a standalone treatment, or as the adjunct to other medical treatment forms in many medical and surgical disorders. The World Health Organization recognizes the use of acupuncture in the treatment of a wide range of medical problems.

     

  • How does Acupuncture work?

    The National Institutes of Health in the United States have several theories as to just why acupuncture works including:

     

     

    • Needling acupuncture points stimulates the nervous system to release endorphins, which are our body’s natural pain killers, into the central nervous system. This helps to reduce pain and promote healing.
    • Changes to the central nervous system during acupuncture sessions alter the regulation of blood pressure and blood flow, in addition to body temperature
    • Acupuncture stimulates the central nervous system causing neurotransmitters and neuro-hormones to be released, thereby boosting your body’s natural ability to heal itself

     

     

  • What to expect from your Acupuncture treatment

    • The most commonly used points are located on your lower arms and legs, so it is recommended that you wear loose-fitting, comfortable clothes that can be easily rolled up at the sleeves and legs.

     

    • At your first appointment, you will be asked about your health history and your presenting complaints, and whether you are under the supervision of another healthcare professional.  We will also discuss diet and lifestyle, so that your practitioner can make a complete assessment of your condition

     

    • Your first appointment will take approximately 60-75 minutes, whilst subsequent appointments will last approximately 45 minutes

     

    • Your treatment will involve the gentle insertion of sterile, single-use needles which are hair-thin.  Most people find acupuncture treatment relaxing and pain-free.  The treatment may also involve the use of moxibustion, cupping or electro-acupuncture.  You will then be left to relax with soothing music for 20-30 minutes, and people often fall asleep during this time

     

    • Many people feel very relaxed after acupuncture and want to go home and rest.  Some people feel light-headed and need to sit for a few minutes before driving.  Other people feel very energized after acupuncture and want to be active.  All these responses are fine.  If possible, listen to what your body tells you to do after the session.  Very rarely, one of your symptoms may feel worse – or “flare up” – for a short period after your treatment.  This should last for a very short time, i.e. less than 24 hours, and is often referred to as a “healing crisis”. It is simply the body’s way of accelerating the progression of the illness to ensure a swifter recovery.

     

  • Managing your Fertility


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    Getting pregnant and staying pregnant: Whether your goal is to conceive naturally or with the help of IVF, acupuncture for fertility helps to optimise your chances of getting pregnant and supports you to full term.  Our acupuncture treatment plans are based on evidence-based protocols and range from preconception programs, to pre and post treatments on the day of embryo transfer, to a course of treatment leading up to and after IVF transfer to ensure a healthy pregnancy.

     

    Assisted conception: Research shows how valuable having acupuncture pre and post embryo transfer can be.  A recent meta-analysis (Manheimer E), published by the British Medical Journal in February 2008, suggests that women undergoing IVF, who also have acupuncture on the day of embryo transfer, have a substantially higher chance of conceiving than those who have no acupuncture.

     

    Embarking on IVF can be very demanding and stressful. Our experience has shown that the right physical, nutritional, and emotional support before, during and after treatment can help to remove these stresses and strains and enhance your overall well-being.

    We will help keep you positive and in the right mind-set.

     

     

    Acupuncture can assist with most fertility issues, including:

     

    • Recurrent miscarriage
    • Endometriosis
    • PCOS
    • ‘Unexplained’ infertility
    • Low AMH and high FSH
    • Cycle problems, including hormonal imbalances, anovulation, amenorrhea, luteal phase defect, progesterone deficiency and oestrogen dominance
    • Male factor infertility
    • Immunity-related fertility problems

     

     

     

  • Pregnancy Care

    Pregnant woman smiling on a field

    Pregnancy is a wonderful time in a woman’s life, but also a very physically and emotionally demanding time.

     

    At Seapoint Acupuncture, treatments are tailored to each individual woman, and can be useful in a range of areas such as relaxation, treating troublesome pregnancy-related complaints, helping to prepare for the birth, and post-pregnancy care.

     

     

    Some of the areas we can help with…

     

     

    • Morning sickness, heartburn and vomiting
    • Back pain and sciatica
    • Stress, anxiety and depression
    • Breech presentation – optimum time 35-37 weeks
    • Carpal tunnel syndrome
    • Constipation and diarrhoea
    • Water retention
    • Ante-natal and post-natal nutritional advice
    • Labour induction – a gentle approach using acupuncture to encourage the natural commencement of labour. Only used after due date
    • Acupressure for labour – coaching on special pain relief techniques that can be used during labour
    • Preparation for labour – boost energy, calm the mind, relieve muscular tension, and prepare the cervix through acupuncture, homeopathy and nutritional therapy
    • Post-natal care

     

    Please note that all pregnancy conditions require concurrent monitoring by your obstetric physician.

     

  • Tuina (Chinese Massage)

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    Tuina is a form of Chinese manipulative therapy often used in conjunction with acupuncture and other TCM treatments.  It is a hands-on body treatment which includes the use of thumbs, hand and arm techniques to massage the soft tissue (muscles and tendons) and the fascia of the body.

     

    These techniques can aid the treatment of both acute and chronic musculoskeletal conditions, as well as many non-musculoskeletal conditions.  External herbal compresses, liniments and ointments are used to enhance the therapeutic process.

     

  • Moxibustion

    Smokig mini moxa stick(“Moxa”) A heat therapy that has been combined for centuries with acupuncture, which is considered to be very therapeutic. Ground Mugwort plant leaves are used to conduct heat into the muscles and areas of pain or discomfort in the body.

     

    In addition to gradually increasing the local blood flow, moxibustion is extremely comforting and can create a deep relaxation response. It is also a therapy which has great success in gently turning babies from the breech position during the later stages of pregnancy.

     

  • Cupping therapy

    Manhattan Wellness Center

    Cupping is a safe and non-invasive technique used in traditional Chinese medicine to treat muscular pain and internal illness. Heated glass cups are placed on specific acupuncture points on the back to stimulate the flow of blood and energy to the body. This produces similar effects to a deep tissue massage, relieving muscle tension and softening adhesions associated with chronic back problems.

     

    Cupping is a therapy used as an adjunct to acupuncture, usually in the case of muscle and joint pain in the neck, back or shoulders. It is also effective in treating chronic cough or asthma, promoting weight loss and helping with digestive disorders.

     

    Heated glass cups are placed on the area and retained for a short period of time. Small red circular marks may be visible afterwards, and this is perfectly normal. This simply means that stagnant fluids and blood in the body is being drawn to the surface, helping to promote faster healing.

     

  • Herbal Medicine

    Chinese herbal medicine

    Chinese Herbal Medicine is one of the great herbal systems of the world, with an unbroken tradition going back to the 3rd century BC. It still forms a major part of healthcare provision in China, and is provided in state hospitals alongside western medicine.

     

    Most Chinese herbs are of plant origin, and many will be familiar kitchen or garden ingredients (ginger, garlic or cinnamon for example).
    Your first consultation will involve a detailed health and lifestyle review. This will ensure that your practitioner can make a comprehensive diagnosis, and prescribe the most appropriate of Chinese Herbal formula for your specific issues. As your condition changes and improves over the course of treatment, the formula will be adjusted until you are restored to full health.

     

  • What is Facial Rejuvenation Acupuncture?

    Acupuncture treatment in the head

    Facial Rejuvenation Acupuncture is a painless, non-surgical method of reducing the signs of the ageing process. It is sometimes also referred to as Cosmetic Acupuncture, and involves the insertion of hair-thin needles into particular areas of the face, ears, neck, hands, trunk, and legs.

     

    Practitioners of Facial Rejuvenation Acupuncture know how to specifically benefit the face while simultaneously treating the underlying factors that contribute to the aging process. The process can improve muscle tone, boost collagen production, stimulate the circulation of oxygen and blood, and re-balance lymphatic fluid for a dynamic return to youth, vitality and radiance.

     

     

    A course of 10 treatments is recommended for some or all of the following benefits:

     

     

    • Elimination of fine lines and dramatic reduction in wrinkles.
    • Facial contouring to reduce or eliminate jowls and double chins.
    • Eye contour redefinition to banish puffiness and dark circles, lift eyelids and enhance eyes, for a brighter, younger, refreshed look.
    • Reduced dryness and elimination of excess sebum production resulting in visible pore tightening and added skin lustre.
    • Increased skin oxygenation and elimination of toxins for a glowing complexion.

     

     

    The effects of the facial rejuvenation procedure really start to become most noticeable after 6-7 sessions, although the diet and lifestyle of each individual plays a large part in the response to treatment. Top-up treatments are advised once or twice a year after the initial 10 sessions. We also recommend prolonging the treatment effects through facial massage and facial exercises and a healthy diet.