Acupuncture is an ancient healing therapy that has its earliest writing in a book written in 475BC. It is based on a theory that energy flows within the body along 12 main channels, known as meridians. Each meridian is associated with an organ and therefore takes the organs name.

Disease or pain is described as an imbalance of the energy, or stagnation/blockage of the Qi along the meridian. The basic premise of treatment is to remove blockages and restore normal flow of Qi around the body, thus allowing the body to function in harmony to its best ability.

From a western perspective, research has shown that acupuncture can have many effects on the body. Acupuncture has been shown to cause the body to produce and release pain relieving hormones like endorphins and serotonin, thereby explaining its pain modulating action. Acupuncture has also been shown to stimulate the adrenal gland to release cortisol, a steroid hormone, providing the patient with relief from inflammatory pain and controlling blood pressure. In Jan 2017 a comparative literature review confirmed that acupuncture has shown strong clinical effectiveness in treating 117 conditions, therefore cementing its contribution to healthcare and reducing the burden of disease. Results demonstrate there is strong evidence supporting the effectiveness of acupuncture in treating chronic low back pain, headaches, knee osteoarthritis and post-operative pain.

David has been integrating Acupuncture into his treatment regimes for over a decade. He has focused his studies on Japanese Meridian Therapy due to its gentle superficial needling and other non-insertional therapies like Polarity Therapy and Moxibustion.

He enjoys utilising these skills and having the ability to look at presenting problems from both a Western and Eastern perspective.

Acupuncture can assist with management of:

  • Relieving acute spasm of the back or wry neck
  • Supporting better sleep and calming the mind
  • Regulating bowel function
  • Neuropathy (nerve pain)
  • Migraines/headaches
  • Gastrointestinal issues
  • Heel pain/achilles tendonitis
  • Knee arthritis

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