Acupuncture can be used for a wide range of health issues from fertility to insomnia.
At The Artemis Clinic we are specialised in the use of acupuncture for treatment of back pain, neck pain, headaches, sciatica, tinnitus and stress/anxiety issues. We have also treated a number of clients successfully to assist with conception.
We may use acupuncture as a treatment on its own or in conjunction with another treatment. How we use this extremely effective yet subtle tool depends on a clients’ presentation.
If you are a little nervous we offer to put in one acupuncture needle and remove it immediately if you are uncomfortable with it. No-one has yet asked for this to happen.
Occasionally a client may be in so much pain, usually low back pain or neck pain, they are not able to tolerate hands-on treatment, yet are able to achieve good pain relief through acupuncture treatment.
How Does it Work – The Traditional View
When the body is in a healthy state “Qi” (pronounced “Chi”) or energy flows freely. Disharmony can occur due to many reasons including stress, poor diet or trauma, which can block the flow of “Qi”. This can result in a variety of symptoms such as pain, fatigue and insomnia. The stimulation of appropriate points can free the energy stagnation and help the body to regain balance. Good results are frequently achieved where conventional medicine has failed.
How Does it Work – The Western View
Western doctors feel that acupuncture works by stimulating the bodies’ own natural painkillers such as endorphins and enkephalins. The painkilling effect may only last a short time at the beginning but repeat treatment can often bring long-term benefits. As with all treatment to relieve pain, breaking the pain cycle can often give long-term pain relief.
What Is Acupuncture Used For?
At The Artemis Clinic we regularly use acupuncture to treat clients for –
- Low back pain – acute and chronic
- Neck pain – acute and chronic
- Arthritic symptoms
- Chronic pain disorders
- Nerve related pain
- Sinus Problems
Chronic Pain and Acupuncture
The clinic has a large number of clients with chronic pain disorders who attend for pain relieving acupuncture treatment.
The origin of the pain can be varied but may include conditions such as chronic low back pain, chronic neck pain, osteoarthritis, MS, fibromyalgia and polymyalgia.
These clients attend the clinic for acupuncture at varying frequencies, between 2 – 5 weeks, depending on the length of time the pain relief lasts for.
If a new client presents with chronic pain we advise three sessions of treatment to begin with. We take this approach to protect the client as we (or any other practitioner) are unable to guarantee results with a chronic pain presentation.
If a client is going to respond favourably to acupuncture treatment, it will be clear after three sessions and continued treatment is advised.
If there has been no improvement after three sessions, there is unlikely to be one and we advise not to proceed with further treatment.
If an issue is not within the scope of physiotherapy or acupuncture treatment, we will direct the client, with a referral letter if necessary, to the appropriate doctor or consultant. There is no additional charge for this service.
How Are Physiotherapy And Acupuncture Combined?
At the clinic we use acupuncture as a treatment in itself, however, if is often used in combination with other techniques such as massage, exercise and posture advice. Each case is individual and treatment programs are developed to meet the needs of each client.
How Much Does It Cost?
Initial consultation including treatment £47
Follow-up sessions £42
Payment may be made by credit card or cash.
Your acupuncture therapist, Ms Elaine Gavin MCSP DCHAc, has been practicing acupuncture since 2000 and has a postgraduate diploma in Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture from the Beijing University of Chinese Medicine and Pharmacology (DCHAc 2006).
Ms Gavin is also a chartered physiotherapist with over 21 years of clinical experience.
Friendly and Fantastic. Treatments had physiotherapy and acupuncture. Helped me to get back to normality.Vicky L 2016
Over the years I have been treated by several Acupuncture practitioners, some NHS, some private; some good, some not so good and the remainder pretty average. What I can say beyond any measure of doubt is that Elaine Gavin is the best Acupuncture practitioner I have ever met. On all counts, and by whatever measure applied, Elaine and The Artemis Clinic score maximum points in all areas and categoriesSteve Warner Mar 2017