Lidder Therapies offers acupuncture treatments in Hitchin
Western Medical Acupuncture
Acupuncture is one of the many skills employed within physiotherapy as part of an integrated approach to the management of pain and inflammation. It involves stimulating sensory nerves under the skin and in the muscles of the body. This results in the body producing natural substances such as pain relieving endorphins, melatonin (which promotes sleep) and serotonin (to promote well-being). These chemicals assist the body’s healing processes and offer pain relief.
A course of acupuncture usually creates longer lasting pain relief than when a single treatment is used.
Traditional Chinese Medicine Acupuncture
The traditional view is that there are energy or Qi (pronounced chee) meridians running throughout the body. When our bodies are healthy, there is plenty of Qi and it flows smoothly. However if there is a problem the energy becomes unbalanced and stagnates. Needles are inserted into these meridians to restore balance, and promote the bodies own natural healing properties.
Acupuncture and its use in Fertility
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.
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 regulating the menstrual cycle.
Acupuncture during pregnancy
Acupuncture is an ideal form of treatment during pregnancy because it offers women safe, drug free relief for a multitude of problems that can arise during pregnancy and childbirth. It may prevent these conditions becoming serious enough to necessitate medical intervention:
Low back pain and sciatica
Symphysis pubis pain
Acupuncture may also be helpful in turning breech babies, birth preparation and induction of labour.
There are a wide range of
conditions that can be treated
and helped by acupuncture
The current guidelines by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) recommends acupuncture for:
chronic tension headaches
However, in many conditions where acupuncture is used, there's less good quality evidence to draw any clear conclusions over its effectiveness compared with other treatments.
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