Our Acupuncture and Sports Massage Services

Acupuncture: Your Consultation

Your Consultation (normally around one and a half hours) is your first visit and your symptoms will be discussed in great detail to allow the Acupuncturist to learn about your problem, your general health and your conventional medical history.

Your pulse is taken and a tongue examination carried out. Your responses and the practitioner's observations are then used to construct a “treatment plan” tailored for you and your needs. The number of “follow on” treatments you are likely to need will be discussed and this agreed between you and your practitioner. Individuals will have different treatment plans.

Acupuncture: What happens during treatment?

Treatment involves the insertion of very fine stainless steel needles (hygienically prepared and sealed in packets prior to use) at very particular points on your body. In Chinese Medicine, this is to regulate the flow of qi. Insertion is normally painless but the needles are manipulated to best effect.

Other techniques (massage, electro acupuncture or acupressure) may be suggested by the practitioner.

Sometimes a treatment uses smouldering moxa, a herb, (in moxibustion) to warm the needles, or cupping perhaps may be suggested, (where suction cups are applied to the body).

Acupuncture: What do I Feel?
 
When the needles are inserted, some people do not feel anything particularly life changing. Some feel a small sharp sensation often followed by a feeling of heaviness, numbness, heat or some other sensation.

Most people feel an agreeable sensation during and following treatment. It is also very relaxing and patients often feel calm and more balanced following treatment.

As the practitioner I am at hand to reassure and always available if you are concerned once you get home following your treatment, please do telephone the clinic if you are in any way concerned.

Acupuncture: Treatments - How Many, How often?

The response of patients to treatment differs from person to person. You will generally experience  discernible relief after a few acupuncture treatments  (some people experience  relief almost immediately, particularly if the condition is "acute"). Treatment of  longer term, chronic conditions generally requires treatment over a longer period before significant relief is seen. Guidelines and experience suggest, that  four to six sessions. are appropriate . I will review and keep you informed of  progress and options at each visit.

I generally see patients weekly for the first few treatments. Your response to treatment is usually cumulative, so as symptoms  abate, we increase the time between your treatments.  A course of  four to six sessions would take place over 1 – 3 months as required.

Sports Massage

Sports Massage can relieve everyday anxiety and stress, helps relaxation, aids sleep, and promotes a sense of well-being, and helps in treating sporting injuries with manual techniques. It  involves the application of pressure (by kneading, rubbing or traction) to help ease musculo-skeletal problems.

What is Sports Massage?

Sports Massage is a combination of manual Techniques and deep massage that can be effective at loosening uptight muscles, tendons, ans superficial ligaments. Sports Massage is a technique favoured by many top level sportsmen and sportswomen as a valuable part of the training regime and prior to and after competition by athletes at all levels of training. Sports Massage can be similarly beneficial to ordinary aches and pains.

Sports Massage is not a single technique, but uses certain types of massage known to benefit athletes. Sports massage requires an understanding of anatomy and physiology as well as how the body works and moves during the many sporting events.

Remedial Massage Therapy is a deep massage carried out to create improving conditions for the body to return to normal health following injury. Remedial massage is also used for conditions created by lifestyle, and can help with repetitive strain injury and back pain.

How successful is Sports Massage

Using knowledge of anatomy and physiology, the therapist determines where to massage each patient so that during treatment do determine, evaluate and treat tender in areas which indicate injured muscles and tendons using patient feedback to identify damaged tissue to adjust massage technique. The results can be quick; and often within the first few massages a noticeable improvement may be seen. Some patients with recent injuries feel an improvement after the initial session. Recent damage responds more quickly than long-term injuries, but even these can improve. Sports Massage often successfully augments and is augmented by other forms of treatment such as Acupuncture.


 
Prices   Terms, Cheque or cash,

Your Initial Acupuncture Consultation, including first Treatment,
(normally around one and a half hours).
 

£35

Follow-on Acupuncture Treatment,
(normally around one hour).

£30
(Set of 6 = £162,
Saving £18 on 6)
Silver Citizens, and Serving Forces,
Initial Acupuncture Consultation, including first Treatment, 

£30

Silver Citizens, and Serving Forces,
Follow-on Acupuncture Treatment, (normally around one hour).

£27
(Set of 6 = £144,
Saving £18 on 6)
Children,
(they normally have shorter treatment).

£15

Chinese or Sports Massage ,
(normally around half an hour).
£20 (Set of 6 = £110,
Saving £10 on 6)