Acupuncture for pain management

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What do you do when that pain you are struggling with becomes unbearable? It could be that you have chronic lower back pain, or suffer from migraines or osteoarthritis. The pain killers you’re taking are just not doing the job. And you feel like you’ve nowhere to turn.
The good news is Cheshire Natural Health’s experienced acupuncturist can help you to manage your pain and ease you into comfort.

What is acupuncture?

You will no doubt have heard of acupuncture and may know that it involves needles. But you may not be aware that it is an ancient form of medicine originating in China. And, yes, it does involve needles – very fine ones that are inserted into the body at certain, key points to induce therapeutic results.

Traditional Chinese acupuncturists believe that a life-force, an energy, known as Qi (which is pronounced ‘chi’) flows throughout our bodies in meridians, or channels.
They believe that when Qi doesn’t freely flow through our bodies, illness results. Their solution to this? Acupuncture. This ancient medicine restores the flow of Qi and therefore our health.
To explain it in Western terms, the treatment leads to the body producing substances such as endorphins – all of which are pain-relieving.
As well as the complaints mentioned above, acupuncture is effective in treating cancer pain, and indeed is often used in hospices.

What to expect during acupuncture

A typical acupuncture session will last between 30 and 90 minutes, and you may follow a course of up to 10 sessions, but you can discuss this with Cheshire Natural Health’s acupuncturist.

At the start of your treatment, our acupuncturist will assess your general health, take stock of your medical history and perform a physical examination.

Then the acupuncturist will begin to insert the needles into specific acupuncture points on your body. You may be asked to sit or to lie down, and you may have to take off certain items of clothing to allow the acupuncturist to access the relevant points of the body.
Many people have a fear of needles, but acupuncture needles are fine and a few centimetres long. They are sterilised and single-use only.

According to your condition and the pain you are experiencing, the acupuncturist will select the acupuncture points most appropriate for addressing your complaints. In a typical session it is not unusual for up to 12 points of the body to be targeted.

The needles can be left in for up to 30 minutes and while you should not experience any pain of significance, it could be that you experience some tingling or a dull ache.

Don’t suffer in silence, come and see us

Call us on 01925 730123 to book an acupuncture session, or if you just want to find out more about the treatment. You can also pop into the clinic in person at Beehive House, Tarporley Road, Stretton, Warrington, Cheshire WA4 4ND. We’d be delighted to see you and are here to help. You can also contact us through our email contact form by clicking on this link.