EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO ABOUT ACUPUNCTURE / TRADIONAL CHINESE MEDICINE AND HOW BENEFICIAL IT CAN BE FOR MANY UNDERLYING HEALTH RELATED CONDITIONS
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EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO ABOUT ACUPUNCTURE / TRADIONAL CHINESE MEDICINE AND HOW BENEFICIAL IT CAN BE FOR MANY UNDERLYING HEALTH RELATED CONDITIONS

Originally developed and practiced in China, acupuncture is based on treating ailments by inserting metallic needles into certain points on the human body (Michele Van Hal et la, 2022).

Unlike other traditional methods, acupuncture has brought relief to people all over the world through its ability to reverse ailments and greatly improve overall health. This therapeutic technique is based on the "Jingluo" the meridians (Jing), and collaterals (luo) concept (Xiao-Jing Song et la, 2021), an invisible system of analogous points that are distributed throughout the human body and that communicate through a network of imaginary meridians.

According to the World Health Organization today acupuncture can be used to treat more than 300 diseases. In 1979, the WHO recognized its efficacy and suggested that at least 43 of these diseases could be treated with great success (Jason Jishun Hao et la, 2014).

Chinese medicine and acupuncture is used to help prevent and heal injuries and enhance athletic performance (Paola Urroz et la, 2013).  

WHAT ACUPUNCTURE IS GOOD FOR?

There is increasing evidence on the efficacy and safety of acupuncture treatments in chronic pain conditions such as osteoarthritis (gonarthrosis), low back pain, cervicalgia, myofascial pain syndrome, epicondylitis, omalgia, headache, dysmenorrhea, and fertility. What are the best options to go to acupuncture for fertility near me?

At our sports therapy clinic in Manchester we offer a great variety of sports-related injuries treatments, prevention & optimisation of athlete’s recovery and performance, where some of the proven treatments our physical therapist Manchester specialists provide to our clients are Myofascial Release, Deep Tissue Massage, Sports Massage Manchester, Manual Therapy, Sports Physical Therapy, Sports Chiropractic Physical Conditioning, Acupuncture in Manchester, Dry needling, Osteopathy, Red Light Therapy Manchester, Acupuncture for fertility, and Body Postural Rehabilitation.

The current evidences show that acupuncture has a vital role when designing the treatment plan of osteoarthritis (knee pain) (J Ezzo et la, 2001). So, we can define acupuncture in Manchester as an effective and functional treatment method for physical dysfunctions related to knee pain (Terry Kit Selfe et la, 2010).

Some studies were carried through where evidence was provided about the effectiveness of acupuncture for low back pain relief and it was informed that further research must be carried out, nevertheless, there exists reliable literature where it is pointed out that acupuncture can be used highly useful as complement to other different forms of low back pain treatment (Jing Yuan et la, 2008).

There have been certain research articles where it has been confirmed that acupuncture help significantly in providing relief to ache and impairments associated with neck problems (Jo, Hyo-Rim et la, 2021).

When it comes to treat headaches or migraine it was found that acupuncture has a terrific prognosis of diminishing such pains. Also, it was highlighted that the success rate of acupuncture was a bit higher compared to western medicine in the migraine treatment (Yu-Xi Li et la, 2020).   

An article indicated that acupuncture can perfectly be applied when managing primary symptoms of dysmenorrhea since its effectiveness has been studied and great outcomes were observed (Geetha B Shetty, 2018).

Regarding epicondylitis or also known as golfer’s elbow we could affirm that the use of acupuncture is considered singularly effective for medial epicondylitis and also has proven to alleviating pain of musculoskeletal disorders and improving malfunctions of the upper limbs structures such as forearms with no presence of adverse effects. Furthermore, patients who underwent acupuncture for this condition claimed to be well please with their results (Kim, Ha-Na et la, 2020).

HOW DOES ACUPUNCTURE WORK AT MY SPORTS INJURY?

Acupuncture is first performed by hand and by a trained practitioner. The patient is subjected to an evaluation to identify what are the symptoms that afflict him, once identified, treatment begins. At first the acupuncture needles are carefully inserted at specific points on the patient's body but very superficially within the skin.

WHAT IS EXPERIENCED WITH ACUPUNCTURE?

Generally, the needles cause a tingling sensation and this is due to the stimulation of a nerve ending or the nerve itself, which transmits a stimulus to the nervous system. 10 to 20 small, disposable, sterile needles are used at a time, which are placed into specific “meridians” in the body. The needles remain for a short period of time, around 30 to 40 minutes. The needles are then removed and the patient can carry on with their normal day.

WHAT ARE THE MAIN ACUPUNCTURE BENEFITS?

Over the years, acupuncture has evolved, which has allowed more and more people to see in it an alternative to treat certain ailments that traditional Western medicine could not cure alone, unless it is invasive and with the drug use. Some of the best known acupuncture benefits are the following.

The benefits provided by this method are multiple, acupuncture has a great capacity to raise vital energy, strengthen the immune system, promote blood circulation, balance energy and improve general health by a high percentage.

 

Its effectiveness is due to the release of neurotransmitter substances that originate at the level of the central nervous system, such as endorphins, serotonin and other hormones responsible for generating an analgesic and anti-inflammatory effect in the body.

The National Institute of Health (NIH) reveals that acupuncture is a reasonable option for those who suffer from chronic pain, such as low back, neck or knee pain. Even some recent studies supported by the NIH analyze the possibility of reducing the frequency of hot flashes associated with menopause with acupuncture.

HOW EFFECTIVE IS ACUPUNCTURE FOR STRESS?

You can start saying goodbye to anxiety and stress since it is possible that on certain occasions you suffer episodes of anxiety and that generates stress. With a single acupuncture session, it is very likely that you will begin to feel that everything is calming down.

Although small, these powerful needles will help balance your body's energy to bring you into a state of relaxation.

It has been concluded that acupuncture plays an important role in the treatment of distress and as well as work on improving cellular immunosenescence (Tiago S Pavão et la, 2016).

IS ACUPUNCTURE EFFECTIVE AS A PAIN RELIEVER?

Acupuncture helps decrease pain. One of the most recognized benefits of acupuncture is the reduction of pain, both acute and chronic, thanks to the fact that it favors the regulation of the nervous system. In addition, it has been proven that it works remarkably well on chronic pain (e.g. neck pain, back pain, headache, knee pain, and osteoarthritis).

CAN ACUPUNCTURE TREAT SEASONAL ALLERGIES?

Yes, it can indeed. Acupuncture in Manchester at our Sports Injury Clinic can minimise allergic reactions. It can become an excellent complementary alternative that, together with certain medications, helps reduce allergic skin reactions. It is worth bearing in mind that seasonal allergies are considered as respiratory disease so it can be treated with acupuncture as a complement in order to make the clinical approach more efficacious, according to the World Health Organization.

There were noteworthy studies where were claimed that acupuncture has evidenced to have a high efficacy and to be a safe alternative option for seasonal allergies treatment. Also, it should be noted that no side effects were experienced during this randomized research studies (Charlie Changli Xue et la, 2002).


CAN CHINESE TRADITIONAL MEDICINE AID WITH SORENESS IN PATIENTS WITH CANCER?

Acupuncture as an assistant for cancer treatments. It is no secret to anyone that when this disease reaches a certain point it can cause a lot of pain and generate high states of anxiety. That is why the use of acupuncture has become an excellent ally to reduce both harmful consequences, as well as the side effects of treatments such as radio and chemotherapy, hormone therapy, and radiation therapy.

CAN ACUPUNCTURE HELP WITH LOW INMUNE SYSTEM?

It can be of great help in strengthening the immune system. By treating the nervous system and the energies of the body, it can help the defenses against microorganisms to increase considerably.

ARE THERE LITTLE-KNOWN BENEFITS OF ACUPUNCTURE?

But if you thought that acupuncture only serves for healthy relaxation, it is important that you know other benefits that can help you.

ACUPUNCTURE FOR SNORING. DOES IT WORK?

It can reduce snoring. Although annoying, snoring can be caused by a number of disorders associated with lack of oxygenation and poor sleep. Acupuncture, alongside with medical treatment, could help to significantly reduce these snoring. However, it is not helpful with snoring only but rather sleep apneas as well.

DOES ACUPUNCTURE IN MANCHESTER HELP IN SMOKING CESSATION?

Acupuncture can help you avoid the desire to smoke. If you want to eradicate the harmful vice of smoking, acupuncture may be the solution, since it stimulates the nervous system and allows the release of endorphins. These hormones increase the feeling of well-being and pleasure, which will calm your anxiety and urge to smoke.

DOES ACUPUNCTURE REALLY INCREASE CHANCES OF CONCEIVING?

It can help in fertility; many women see their desire to be mothers truncated by some hormonal disorder. A minimally invasive way to treat this condition is with acupuncture, since it can achieve the proper balance of the hormonal system and improve the function of the ovaries to increase the chances of pregnancy.

HOW MANY ACUPUNCTURE SESSIONS FOR FERTILITY?

Acupuncture sessions to promote fertility are usually scheduled every two weeks, but it always depends on each case and condition of the woman or man. It is generally recommended that both partners be treated with acupuncture for best results.

On the other hand, it is said that fertility in conjunction with other fertility treatments can reach a success rate up to 65% of chances to conceive within women with unusual infertility, according to a research article published by Pinar Gursoy Guven et la 2020.

There are many benefits that you can find in this ancient practice, you have just got to consult our physio manchester acupuncture specialist and you will surely not regret taking the first step in alternative medicine, to booking initial appointment go to www.mysportsinjury.co.uk/booking.

WHAT KIND OF PATIENTS CAN UNDERGO ACUPUNCTURE / TRADITIONAL CHINESE MEDICINE?

Acupuncture can be used in any type of person, however there are certain contraindications of using acupuncture when pregnant, it is not that they cannot undergo acupuncture but cautious care must be taken.

The same with cancer patients and people who suffer from some modern pathology such as diabetic foot, actually anyone with exposed wounds, since if they are close to any of the analogous points it is not advisable to puncture in that area. More than contraindications are precautions. Nonetheless, there have been studies where it is stated that it can alleviate cancer pain.

COMPARED TO OTHER TECHNIQUES, WHAT SPECIAL ACUPUNCTURE BENEFIT DOES CHINESE TRADITIONAL MEDICINE BRING?

It is what is talked about a lot today, in fact acupuncture is more than being prohibited in some patients, and the main benefit of this technique is that it does not have side effects unlike various drugs.

The effect of acupuncture is always going to be positive, it has never had a negative effect on the patient, whether it is stomach upset, headache, weakness in the body or dizziness, acupuncture is free of this type of side effects that pharmacology can cause

HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE FOR A PATIENT TO SEE RESULTS WITH ACUPUNCTURE TREATMENT IN MANCHESTER?

The results should be immediate, in the first session patients are expected to reduce pain by 50%. If the pathology is chronic or acute, the patient is given a treatment plan, when chronic pathologies take many years, the treatment will of course take a little longer.

A session usually does not exceed 40 minutes, and on average half an hour is enough. Today we know that very repeated stimulations and sustained over time, for more than an hour, can trigger reactions contrary to those sought (hyperalgesia).

HOW MANY CLINIC VISITS DOES ACUPUNCTURE REQUIRE?

The number of treatments depends on each person's condition and how they respond to acupuncture. An acupuncture session does not usually take away the pain. One or two sessions every week for five to six weeks is the normal course of treatment.

WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE OF HAVING DRY NEEDLING AND TCM ACUPUNCTURE?

In acupuncture, the needles are applied to certain points that are located in meridians, which do not have to be close to the injured area. However, in dry needling, the needle is inserted directly over the trigger point. Learn more about it by clicking here Dry Needling versus Acupuncture. 

If you wish to Book an Acupuncture session with Ryan, Nick or Adrian our MY Sports Injury Specialized physical therapists, you can book a direct appointment online at www.mysportsinjury.co.uk/booking


Published by Rafael Peña for www.mysportsinjury.co.uk

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