The Equilibrium Clinic Holistic & Naturopathic Therapies in London

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Healthcare Acupuncture Treatment

Acupuncture is one branch of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) that has been developed and practiced in China, Japan, and other Asian countries for more than 2000 years. It has grown and increasing popularity in the West over the last 2-3 decades, which has led to more and more clinical trials being performed that have certified acupuncture's efficiency.

The theory behind acupuncture treatment is that the healthy functioning of the body is governed by the flow of “qi” (often translated as “energy”) through a system of channels under the skin. When this flow of qi is impaired, illness occurs, by inserting fine needles at various points along the channels, the body’s balance can be restored and the illness resolved.
Acupuncture is effective because it is a holistic therapy that addresses the root cause of the problem as well as the symptoms. This means that as a result of acupuncture treatment you will experience general progress in wellbeing as well as, relief from pain and discomfort.

During an acupuncture treatment, very small, fine, and sterile needles are inserted just below the surface of the skin to stimulate certain points. The sensation of acupuncture can feel like a numb, tingling, or dull aching sensation which lasts only for a few moments. I use a variety of different acupuncture methods depending on individual needs and what is required to produce the desired results. These may include the following: Balance Method; Master Tung acupuncture, blood pricking, and Motor Point acupuncture. I may include with acupuncture treatments massage or cupping, if necessary to get optimal results.

Conditions we can treat:

  • Musculoskeletal
  • Rheumatology
  • Respiratory
  • Neurology
  • Mental and Emotional
  • Gastrointestinal
  • Gynaecology
  • Dermatology
  • Menopausal Symptoms
  • Pregnancy
  • Fertility

Motor Point Acupuncture

What does motor point acupuncture do and what are motor points?

The easy answer to this is that they release hypertonic or tight muscles and strengthen weak skeletal muscles, basically, the muscle gets restarted to function properly, it’s like a little restart button for muscles. The more scientific explanation is that motor points are the entry site of the motor nerves into the muscle where acupuncture needles can be used to retrain neuromuscular function that has been lost due to an injury. With this way of acupuncture, patients with musculoskeletal issues can heal much more efficiently and have increased range of motion, can regain muscle strength, and have improved ADLs (activities of daily living) faster than with just regular acupuncture.

Motor points can be an amazing and efficient way to treat musculoskeletal issues and can offer fast relief and fast recovery. It helps to restart muscle function and increase a range of motions, Motors Points Acupuncture can also treat stress in the neck, jaw, headaches, migraines, and stress-causing or caused by muscles that are overstretched and stiff.

Acupuncture Frequently Asked Questions

Will acupuncture needles hurt?
Some people describe the insertion of the needle into the skin as a brief sensation of light pressure or a slight pinch. When the acupuncture point is stimulated you may feel a mild tingling, This is the sensation of Qi moving and most people consider it enjoyable and relaxing.

How will I feel after the treatment?
The treatment lasts between 30 and 40 minutes during which time you will rest and relax. Even though you may feel a little tired at first, you can expect to feel less pain, more energy, and a general sense of well-being after treatment.

Do I need to rest after treatment?
It is a good idea to take it easy for a few hours after treatment to allow it to take full effect.

Can I exercise after treatment?
Yes but a period of rest is advisable for a few hours after treatment.

Do I need to drink more fluids after acupuncture?
No. Just eat and drink as normal.

Which conditions are acupuncture most suitable for?
It is eminently suitable to treat all painful conditions (neck, back, headaches, limb pain etc), pregnancy disorders, viral and post-viral illnesses, digestive complaints, anxiety and insomnia. The WHO has recommended acupuncture as a treatment for an extensive list of conditions. Please check the Acupuncture page for more details.

Can anyone have acupuncture?
Yes, it is suitable for people of all ages and dispositions, including babies, pregnant women and the elderly.

I'm scared of needles — does that mean I can't have acupuncture?
No — most people tolerate acupuncture needles very well. They are extremely fine and are hardly felt at all.

Are the needles safe?
The needles we use are sterile, single-use disposable needles.

Are there any contraindications for acupuncture?
Only very rarely. For instance, if there is arm swelling following lymph node removal for breast cancer, that arm should not be needled.
Your practitioner will ask for relevant details while taking your case history so please discuss any concerns with him/her.

Can acupuncture cause an allergic reaction?
No. Very rarely a patient may feel faint but this is not a true allergic reaction.

Can I have acupuncture if I am pregnant?
Yes, but do let your practitioner know. Acupuncture may even be beneficial as it can treat many disorders of pregnancy. It can for instance be used to turn a breech presentation or to induce labour.

Can acupuncture increase my chances of getting pregnant?
There is increasing evidence to support acupuncture increasing natural fertility and assisted fertility. Read our patient testimonials on fertility as well as our Research articles.

Can I have acupuncture if I have a cold/flu?
Yes, in fact, it may well be beneficial. Acupuncture stimulates the immune system and may increase your resistance to viral or bacterial infection.

How long will an appointment last?
An average session lasts around 40 minutes.

How many treatments will I need?
This depends on what condition is being treated and will be discussed at your first appointment. Treatments can vary from one week to several months but as the condition improves, treatments will become less frequent.

What should I expect from my first visit?
First appointments will be scheduled slightly longer than subsequent visits to allow the practitioner to take a full medical history. This is followed by a Chinese tongue and pulse examination, a physical examination where required and a discussion on prognosis and the most appropriate course of treatment. In the end, you will have your first treatment.

Do I need to prepare in any way for my first consultation?
Bring a list of medications and copies of blood test results, x rays or scans if relevant and wear comfortable clothing.

Do I need to undress for the treatment?
The affected body parts will have to be exposed but usually you do not need to fully undress.

How many needles are used in a typical treatment?
Most practitioners will normally use between 6-8 needles.

Does the practitioner use other techniques during treatment?
It depends on the practitioner. Some will use massage or manipulation techniques, some like to apply heat or extra stimulation of the needles to increase the strength and efficacy of the treatment.

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