Acupuncture is an historic form of Chinese medicine that is increasingly used in western countries to treat a wide variety of health issues. It can be used to treat both physical and mental health problems.
The treatment itself involves the placing of very fine, sterile needles into particular points in the body. The process is typically comfortable however some points can “twang”. Once the needles are in place, clients often find it a deeply relaxing experience.
At The Artemis Clinic in West Wickham, near Beckenham and Bromley, acupuncture is used primarily to address pain related issues, however, we also treat clients with headaches and stress. Acupuncture can be used either as a treatment on its own or as part of a physiotherapy treatment programme.
The Western View – Acupuncture works when the stainless steel needles stimulate nerves within the muscles. The nerves fire and send signals to the brain via the spinal cord. This process triggers the brain to release endorphins which are the bodies’ own natural painkillers.
Acupuncture also triggers the release of serotonin from the brain, this is a chemical involved with mood enhancement and is responsible for the calming and relaxing aspect of acupuncture treatment.
The Traditional View – In a healthy individual, energy flows freely and harmoniously throughout the body, maintaining it in a balanced state. The Chinese refer to this energy flow as Qi, (pronounced chi). Disharmony in the flow of Qi can occur for many reasons including stress, poor diet and trauma. If Qi becomes unbalanced or stagnant, symptoms such as pain, fatigue, anxiety and insomnia can occur. The stimulation of appropriate acupuncture points can free stagnation and help Qi to regain balance.
At The Artemis Clinic, acupuncture is used to treat the following issues:
Acupuncture can be used either as a treatment on its own or as part of a physiotherapy treatment programme. The treatment approach used will vary depending on each clients’ presentation and will be discussed at the initial consultation.
Acupuncture is a form of treatment that helps some and not others. If an individual is responsive to acupuncture, it can be an invaluable tool to help manage chronic pain and/or flare-ups.
We use acupuncture to assist clients with the management of chronic pain due to conditions such as osteoarthritis, degenerative disc disease, spinal disease, neuralgia, PMRS, headaches, fibromyalgia, and chronic mechanical back pain.
During the initial consultation, a history of the presenting condition will be taken, followed by a physical assessment and a discussion of what is involved in an acupuncture session. Treatment is incorporated into the initial consultation and only proceeds with the client’s consent.
Due to the challenging nature of chronic pain management, no more than three acupuncture sessions are advised at the initial consultation. Three sessions are sufficient to ascertain whether treatment is going to be effective. If it is, clients are advised to continue with acupuncture treatment and increase the interval between appointments, as is appropriate to their symptoms. If there is no benefit after three sessions, there is unlikely to be one, and we advise against continuing with acupuncture.
At the clinic we use acupuncture as a treatment in itself, however, if is often used in combination with other techniques such as manual therapy, massage therapy, exercise and posture advice. Each case is individual and treatment programs are developed to meet the needs of each client.
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If you would like to book an appointment or discuss our acupuncture services, contact the clinic on 020 8777 1500 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Elaine Gavin MCSP DCHAc, obtained her postgraduate diploma in Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture from the Beijing University of Chinese Medicine and Pharmacology (DCHAc 2006).
Ms Gavin is a Chartered Physiotherapist (BSc Hons 1996) and is a member of the British Medical Acupuncture Society (BMAS), Chartered Society of Physiotherapists (CSP), is registered with the Health Care Professions Council (HCPC) and is a practicing member of the Royal Society of Medicine (RSM) and Physio First.
I have visited Elaine on and off for the last year and have to say she is great. I have struggled with my back for many years and have visited many other clinics both private and NHS. I can honestly say Elaine is the only one who has managed to locate the pain and give me lasting results. She is warm and friendly and full of great advice. I would have no hesitation in recommending Elaine and the Artemis Clinic.”T.J
We cannot speak highly enough of Elaine’s knowledge and professionalism. She is very understanding of her patient’s situation and is kind and compassionate.”L.G.
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 categories.”S. Warner
Friendly and Fantastic. Treatments had physiotherapy and acupuncture. Helped me to get back to normality.”V.L.
A fantastic clinic with welcoming staff. Elaine is attentive and professional. Receiving acupuncture here has helped keep my condition under control. Would definitely recommend.”S.F.