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What is acupuncture?

Acupuncture is a treatment which can relieve symptoms of some physical and psychological conditions and may encourage the patient's body to heal and repair itself, if it is able to do so.

Acupuncture stimulates the nerves in skin and muscle, and can produce a variety of effects. We know that it increases the body's release of natural painkillers - endorphin and serotonin - in the pain pathways of both the spinal cord and the brain. This modifies the way pain signals are received.

But acupuncture does much more than reduce pain, and has a beneficial effect on general health. Patients often notice an improved sense of wellbeing after treatment.

Modern research shows that acupuncture can affect most of the body's systems - the nervous system, muscle tone, hormone outputs, circulation, antibody production and allergic responses, as well as the respiratory, digestive, urinary, and reproductive systems.

  • Acupuncture can be effective in a wide range of painful conditions and is commonly used to treat musculoskeletal pain; eg back, shoulder, knee, neck and leg pain.
  • It has been successfully used to treat headaches, migraines, trapped nerves, chronic muscle strains and various kinds of rheumatic and arthritic joint pain.

 

Battlefield Acupuncture for pain management

Acupuncture is rapidly turning into a mainstream form of treatment. Take Afghanistan where highly trained doctors – that is, in both western and Asian medicine – use acupuncture on a regular basis. Indeed the term battlefield acupuncture was coined by one Dr. Richard C. Niemtzow, a US Air Force colonel and great believer in the treatment.

Basically, it’s all about needles in the ear, but in very specific places and inserted as fast as possible in one ear at a time.

The treatment is considered far more efficient than morphine or other anaesthetising drugs because the wounded soldier is able to move without help. Even better, depending on the nature of the wound, the pain relief can last for minutes, hours, days, weeks or even months. Side effects, according to military studies, are extremely rare.

And of course what works in combat also works in the suburban medical centre, a different kind of battlefield. Specialists trained in battlefield acupuncture routinely treat civilian patients effectively for a variety of complaints such as headaches, back pain and other painful musculo-skeletal problems, sometimes with just one needle.

 

Simon is a member of The British Medical Acupuncture Society

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These are the type of things people are saying about our practice: Jan 2009

I came across Simon by chance socially and I asked him for some advice on a back problem I had had for a couple of months. I had an induction session with him soon after and it was like a breath of fresh air. He immediately puts you at ease, has a very methodical approach and takes time to talk through the problem. Osteopathy is a wonderful science and I am now well on my way to full recovery. If you are interested (and I was) he has a wonderful graphical computer system that he uses to show where your problems are and this helped me immensely in understanding why I was experiencing my problem. Thank you Simon
Feb 2009
Before visiting Simon I had previously attended a Physiotherapist for treatment for an ongoing back complaint. I was immediately impressed with Simon’s knowledge and enthusiasm on his specialist subject, and it was interesting to listen to him explaining the workings of the body. Simon has not only treated my problem, but the cause of it too, eliminating the need for regular revisits. He has also suggested improvements to my lifestyle to help prevent the problem recurring. My back is now much improved. Simon has a friendly but professional manner, and I would recommend him to anyone.
Jul 2009

I was recommended to Simon when I was 3 months pregnant.

The pain in my hip and buttock had become quite unbearable and I was concerned that treatment to my hip might in some way affect the baby. Simon immediately put my mind at rest and after 2 gentle treatments I was able to move around without pain. He was brilliant.

Feb 2012

" I came to see Simon recently having suffered an injury to my Sacroiliac joint. Prior to my consultation I had seen a physiotherapist who had diagnosed nerve pain, which I knew was only part of the picture. I take a keen interest in my health and fitness (and beyond that, it's the source of both my income and current university studies), so being fobbed off with a very generic diagnosis was not something I could live with! Having been assessed by Simon he immediately found the root cause of the pain and explained in full what was going on, which was very important to me. I found Simon to be thorough, professional and approachable, and I would wholeheartedly recommend him to anyone.

Abbie.  Yoga teacher & nutritionist