ACUPUNCTURE IN GLASGOW
Acupuncture is part of the Traditional Chinese Medicine and has been practicing for at least 2500 years. It is a form of treatment associated with internal organs and structures related to meridians along the body.
On a Western approach, we would talk about acupuncture as a form of stimulating sensory nerves under the skin and the muscles and connective tissue of the body. This results in the body producing natural substances, such as pain-relieving endorphins or improving hormonal imbalances.
The body's qi (or energy) on the acupuncture channels or meridians is starting to get related to the bioelectricity produced by human body.
Acupuncture needles are inserted on pathways we find along the body to help to activate the body’s natural healing abilities.
Acupuncture treats a wide range of pathologies from pain and injuries to complex diseases. As well, it may help you to improve your fertility or anxiety and depression issues.
Many people comes to the clinic seeking treatment to alleviate symptoms from chronic conditions such as fibromyalgia or arthritis. Such conditions, unfortunately nowadays have no cure, however acupuncture may be an efficient pain management help or may aid in postponing invasive procedures such as knee or hip replacements by decreasing the pain.
It is recommended for people of all ages and conditions.
It has been proved that Acupuncture boosts the activity of your body’s natural painkillers, helping to eliminate aches and pains.
Acupuncture it is a frequent treatment in management of infertility, particularly as an adjunct to conventional treatments such as in vitro fertilisation (IVF).
At Acusports, we strongly believe in both Western Medicine and Acupuncture as a symbiosis. Acupuncture may be considered to help you alleviate some symptoms and improve your health, however we strongly recommend to seek advice from your GP and always follow their advice.
What happens in an Acupuncture session?
In our clinic in Glasgow, your Acupuncturist will evaluate your issue based on asking questions about your condition and listening to your needs. The acupuncturist will observe different physical characteristics, daily habits and patterns that will help to tailor the treatment.
After the consultation any question will be answered and then we will proceed by using needles along the body. The needles will be placed for 20 to 50 minutes depending on each case.
You may get some post treatment advice depending on each case.
Benefits of Acupuncture
· Acupuncture it is not invasive.
· It lacks the side effects associated with many medications and surgical treatments.
· Relief of pain
· Improvement or elimination of the condition being treated.
· Acupuncture can be easily combined with other therapies.
What can Acupuncture treat?
Acupuncture may help to improve and manage a wide number of conditions and symptoms such as;
· Musculoskeletal system & Pain management: all kind of back pain, sciatica, joint problems, arthritis, osteoarthritis, pain in general, sprains, tendonitis, frozen shoulder, tennis & golfer's elbow, fibromyalgia, etc.
· Digestive system: IBS, feeling bloated, colitis, diabetes, haemorrhoids, constipation.
· Stress & Anxiety: Sleeping pattern disorders (insomnia), panic attacks, depression, mood swings.
· Gynaecology and fertility: menstrual disorders, menopause, endometriosis, cystitis, low sex drive, male and female fertility disorders, hormonal imbalances, support for IVF and IUI.
· Chronic issues: Arthritis, osteoarthritis, parkinson's disease, Bell's palsy or facial palsy recovery, migraines & headaches, vertigo, dizziness, smoking cessation, hypertension, hypotension, MS symptoms, UTI.
· Skin pathologies: Eczema, herpes, psoriasis, cosmetic acupuncture, etc
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Acupuncture is the main therapy known in Traditional Chinese Medicine, however there are other therapies to support and boost the effects of acupuncture. Sometimes these therapies are combined within the acupuncture treatment. If your acupuncturist considers one of the following therapies can be beneficial for you, she will explain why and use it only after you agree with it. Auriculotherapy, moxa, cupping and electroacupuncture won't incur any extra cost for you.
Cupping is the method of causing local congestion by creating partial vacuum in cups placed on the skin. This process done by suction, draws up the underlying tissues. When the cup is left in place on the skin for a few minutes, blood stasis is formed and localized healing takes place.
Cupping has been found to affect the body up to four inches into the tissues, causing tissues to release toxins, activate the lymphatic system and the skin. It is a very safe technique. The new plastic suction cups have done away with the traditional firing. This has made the application of the cups easier and safer.
Auriculotherapy is the use of the ear as a localised reflex system connected to the central nervous system. It applies the principles of acupuncture to specific points of the auricle of the external ear. Instead of needles, this therapy uses tiny seeds (mustard seeds size) and surgical tape to position the seeds on pressure points that the patient can activate at will. The seeds are placed on the ear and can remain up to more than a week. It is good to press them few times a day to stimulate the acupuncture point and feel the benefits from this therapy.This form of therapy can treat not only musculoskeletal issues, but organ system dysfunctions as well as addictions, weight loss, and smoking cessation.
Moxibustion or Moxa
Moxibustion or Moxa is a technique that involves the burning of mugwort (Artemisa Vulgaris), a type of Chrysanthemum, to facilitate healing. Moxa has been used throughout Asia for thousands of years. It is used on people who have a cold or stagnant condition to strengthen the blood, stimulate the flow of Qi and mantain general good health. The burning of moxa is believed to expel cold and warm the meridians, which leads to smoother flow of blood and qi.
In moxibustion, an acupuncturist lights one end of a moxa stick, roughly the shape and size of a cigar, and holds it close to the area being treated for several minutes providing a pleasant and warm sensation on your skin.
Electrotherapy is an acupuncture technique that, comparatively speaking, has only recently come into use. The procedure for electro-acupuncture is to insert the acupuncture needle as would normally be done, and then attach an electrode to the needle to provide continued stimulation.
Electroacupuncture aims to stimulate the body's healing processes by sending electrical impulses through the channels, muscles and nerves. Electrical stimulation is most commonly associated with pain management as it promotes the release of endogenous neurotransmitters such as beta-endorphin, a natural analgesic. Additionally electrotherapy can be effective for treating chronic conditions, channel stagnation and musculoskeletal trauma.
With electroacupuncture, the needle stimulates a larger area than the needle itself. This Therapy may be used along with your Acupuncture or Sports Massage treatment to enhance the benefits of your treatment.
Does electro acupuncture hurt?
Patients may experience a tingling sensation while being treated with electro acupuncture, which is most likely due to the electric current. In most cases, however, the effect produced will not be felt.
Are there any risks involved?
Electroacupuncture is very safe for most people, however it is not recommended for patients with a pacemaker or a history of seizures or epilepsy. Also, EA is generally not used at higher intensities in the head or across the midline of the body. As with any type of therapy at Acusports, you will always have a solid, highly individualised treatment plan mapped out by your practitioner.
source: Acupuncture today & Journal of Chinese Medicine.