Western Medical Acupuncture
Lidder Therapies offers acupuncture treatments in Hitchin.
Acupuncture is one of the many skills employed within physiotherapy as part of an integrated approach to the management of pain and inflammation. Physiotherapists base their treatments on scientific research and clinical evidence that Acupuncture can reduce pain by stimulating the brain and spinal cord to produce natural pain-relieving chemicals such as endorphins, melatonin (which promotes sleep) and serotonin (to promote well-being). These chemicals assist the body’s healing processes and offer pain relief.
Acupuncture is known to alleviate the pain of osteoarthritic knees and low back pain. It can be helpful in the management of sports injuries, nerve pain and other soft tissue injuries.
Traditional Chinese Medicine Acupuncture
The traditional view is that there are energy meridians running throughout the body. When our bodies are healthy, there is plenty of energy and it flows smoothly. However if there is a problem the energy becomes unbalanced and stagnates. Energy is referred to as Qi, (pronounced chee). Emotional disturbances such as anxiety, anger, grief, poor diet, overwork or stress may influence the flow of Qi in the body. Needles are inserted into the body within these meridians as a means of restoring the balance, and promoting the bodies own natural healing properties.
Acupuncture and its use in Fertility Problems
Fertility problems are common and currently one in six couples in the UK are considered to experience difficulty in getting pregnant. The desire to have children later in life is also having an effect on conception. However there are many things that couples can try in order to improve their levels of fertility and an integrated approach to health may play an important part. Optimum health may contribute to optimum fertility levels and maybe to that much wanted happy, healthy baby.
Until fairly recently the medical profession has been sceptical about integrating complementary therapies with conventional medicine, but there is now an increasing amount of research that suggests that acupuncture may have some benefit during IVF treatment and also in helping with natural conception by possibly helping to regulate the menstrual cycle.
We like to look at the menstrual cycle and attempt to regulate it. This could involve changing the length or regularity of the cycle, the heaviness of the flow, removing period pains or premenstrual symptoms. Making these improvements may have a positive affect on ovulation and the menstrual cycle.
During the last five years the use of acupuncture in female infertility as an adjunct to conventional treatment such as IVF has increased enormously in an attempt to increase the success rates. During this time the number of studies looking at the effects of acupuncture during IVF has also increased.
Acupuncture during pregnancy
Acupuncture is an ideal form of treatment because it offers women safe, drug free relief for a multitude of problems that can arise during pregnancy and childbirth. Its use for conditions often regarded as part of a normal pregnancy such as morning sickness, sciatica or pubic symphysis pain may improve a woman’s quality of life, but may also
prevent those conditions becoming serious enough to necessitate medical
Acupuncture may be useful in the following problems that affect pregnant women
- Low back pain in pregnancy
- Symphysis pubis pain
- Morning sickness
- Breech babies
- Induction of labour
- Birth preparation