Migraine and tension headaches
NICE UK (National Institute for Health and Care Excellence) recommend acupuncture for the treatment of migraines, persistent tension-type headaches and the temporomandibular joint pain (CG150).
Since April 2021, the institute also support the use of acupuncture for Chronic Primary Pain (NG193).
With what other medical conditions can acupuncture help?
Acupuncture is often used for relaxation, it may also help you feel revitalised and more positive.
- Relief from chronic low back pain
- Relief from neck pain or chronic neck pain
- Relief of the symptoms of overactive bladder syndrome
- Relief from temporomandibular (TMD/TMJ) pain
- As an additional treatment to osteopathy or massage, for osteoarthritis knee pain
Pain and discomfort pre and post-surgery may be relieved by acupuncture whereby a combined osteopathic approach for neighbouring joints and acupuncture at the knee itself can bring relief. Low voltage electrical stimulation or electroacupuncture may further improve this effect.
- Acupuncture may also be helpful in providing relaxation and relief from pain in people with Fibromyalgia
Treatment could be once a week to begin with, then at longer intervals as the condition responds.
- A typical course of treatments with Joanna could last 4-8 sessions to give acupuncture fair chance.
Acupuncture in medicine,
British Acupuncture Council,
British Medical Acupuncture Society,
National Health Service
Medical acupuncture is used to reduce pain in a number of persistent pain conditions and myofascial (muscle and tissue) complaints. It alleviates inflammation and relaxes muscle. Where tight painful bands, or ‘trigger points’ within a muscle cause pain locally or at a distance from the trigger point itself, acupuncture can be most effective. For example a trigger point in the should can cause pain and restriction in the muscles of the neck and provoke a headache, or, restrict movement in the shoulder. Trigger points occur in any part of the body, including the back, hip, legs and shoulders and may arise due to poor posture, repetitive actions or muscle damage.
Pain and discomfort pre and post-surgery may be relieved by acupuncture. Where joints are affected by osteoarthritis such as the knee, a combined osteopathic approach for neighbouring joints and acupuncture at the knee itself can bring relief. Low voltage electrical stimulation may further improve this effect.
Fine, sterile, disposable needles are inserted at specific locations, usually to a depth of 3-5mm. The number depends on the symptoms you have. They may be gently moved to stimulate their healing effect. These needles cause chemicals to be released that reduce pain, stiffness and increase circulation. They usually create a widespread and relaxing easing effect. They do this by stimulating nerves in the skin, muscles and tissues that surround your joints for local effects, then travel through the nerves and into the spine for regional effects and finally to the brain where they have influence on higher centres that modify your perception of pain.
Is it painful?
Although the sensation varies from person-to-person, acupuncture is usually painless and relieves discomfort. Typically and ideally, you may feel a slight dull ache. The pins are very thin compared to a hypodermic needle, and do not have a cutting edge. Possible side effects to acupuncture will be discussed in more detail on meeting, but may involve a little acheness and tiredness.
Single use sterile needles are used at key acupuncture points and areas of the body to relieve your pain.
Acupuncture effect can be increased by using electro-acupuncture at specific acupuncture points for specific treatment such as those for osteoarthritic knee pain, persistent pain conditions and inflammation.