At The Terrace we are keen to ‘demysify’ some of the therapies that may still be something of a mystery to many. Complimentary therapies can offer wonderful health benefits, but it is important that anyone considering a treatment is fully informed about what to expect.
So today we look at acupuncture.
Acupuncture has been practised in China for about 3,500 years, although the exact date of its origin is not known. A legend says that this complex healing system developed when it was noticed that soldiers who survived arrow wounds in battle sometimes also recovered from other long-standing ailments. In the intervening years it has been thoroughly researched and practised. Indeed, one-quarter of the world’s population rely on it.
However, there are some who are still reluctant to try acupuncture as a therapy. We are fortunate, here at The Terrace, to have an exceptionally well-qualified and committed practitioner working with us.
Alison Courtney, registered acupuncturist and Chinese herbalist for 20 years, has returned from Guangzhou in China having received high recognition after successfully completing her MSc in Chinese medicine.
Alison is passionate about the therapeutic effects of acupuncture, using the traditional magnetic methods of pulse and tongue observation. Imbalances are addressed by inserting fine needles into acu-points to restore health and harmony. Some key conditions treated include tension or migraine headaches, back and neck pain, osteoarthritis and temporomandibular pain.
Her observational methods include an inspection of your tongue, skin texture and colouring, hair texture, posture and movement. Voice is also important.
A full medical history will be taken and an understanding of lifestyle, stresses and sleep patterns is key.
Some people worry that acupuncture is painful, but it is primarily relaxing and you may be left feeling so relaxed that sleepiness is the main response. Fine. disposable needles are used and left in for between just a few minutes to up to half an hour, depending on the condition treated. Most people find it painless, although there may be a slight tingling sensation at the point of entry as the ‘meridians’ or acupuncture points transfer energy and re balance. Give yourself plenty of time, avoid strenuous activity and, if possible, rest for a while.
Alison is offering you a free 20 minutes to talk about any health concern and gauge whether acupuncture could be helpful for you. You can come into The Terrace at a pre-arranged time or have a telephone call.
Ring 01823 338968 to speak with Alison, or email firstname.lastname@example.org