With 30 years’ experience, we can offer many acupuncture treatments.
It can be a stand alone treatment for conditions such as Fibromyalgia, stress/anxiety, skin conditions as just an example, but it can also be used together with Physiotherapy, to enhance pain control and increase healing time. The treatment is surprisingly comfortable and relaxing. Again, we offer a patient-led consultation process to explain the treatment and how it fits in with any problems you may have.
Acupuncture can be used as a treatment by itself or to compliment physiotherapy. For all those “needle-phobias”, the technique is not as painful as you would imagine. Very fine needles are used and many people find it relaxing. There are different needling techniques and as with all treatments, the key is to tailor make it to an individual’s requirements and preferences. Prior to all treatments, a consultation is carried out where you are able to discuss any issues or concerns so that you feel in total control of the treatment and this consultation process continues throughout the work.
Patients often ask me “What can acupuncture do for me?”
Acupuncture is a science and an art. Firstly, modern scientific investigation has been able to show how acupuncture works in the health and healing process. The art is how it is applied to the particular patient and this is my area of interest. Just as you don’t need to know how electricity works to gain its benefit, so it is not necessary to know the precise chemical, electrical and neurological changes that occur with the needling, in order to benefit from the healing properties of acupuncture.
The art begins in assessing the patient’s needs, both physical and psychologically, to look at their problems, their pain and their functional deficit. Then the right points and systems are needled to gently assist nature in restoring function and balance. Sometimes, the right therapeutic movements can be added to enhance the treatment.
Acupuncture is thousands of years old and has stood the test of time. It is as relevant today as it was in more ancient times. It is a safe, natural therapy which works with the body in a positive way. There are no side effects or trade-offs, the whole process is one of improvement in well being and can be very focused in healing specific conditions. Although acupuncture and oriental medicine may use a different language, one interesting point is that talking about a condition in both Eastern and Western terms, often comes up with the same conclusions, simply via a different pathway.
Some of the reasons and conditions people look for acupuncture
Back Pain – Spinal pain can be so debilitating and limiting. A VERY common condition that affects anyone and everyone. Although mechanical back pain can be short lived, acupuncture has a really effective role in moderating the discomfort and allowing normal life to continue.
Musculoskeletal disorders – this term encompasses many conditions, for example frozen shoulder, tennis elbow, tendinitis, osteoarthritis, ligament strains. Here, acupuncture has a more specific role in treating the locality but also assisting the healing process in a holistic manner. The prime concern with any injury that affects the skeleton is to reduce the pain and restore the function so the patient feels good and is able to operate normally.
Stress – Now called “the number one killer!” stress has a very negative role in health. It makes current conditions far worse and chronic stress changes our chemistry and neurology that can lead to disease. This can be heart disease, vascular problems, systemic disorders such as blood pressure and chronic pain. Acupuncture is a very effective tool in combatting the effects of stress and can be enhanced with other therapeutic modalities.
Digestive and systemic conditions – disorders that relate to our food and digestion and to the functioning of our systems are becoming more and more common. Our lifestyle appears to be becoming less and less healthy. There has been a positive trend in recent years in promoting gyms, healthy diets and good healthy lifestyle advice. Many companies are now running clinics under the banner of healthy living where such lifestyle issues can be addressed. Acupuncture has a role to play here in assisting with therapeutic changes along with nutritional advice.
These are just a sample of the most common conditions that Mariko Clinic can assist with. If you have any specific queries, feel free to contact to discuss your needs.
Here are just a few of the common problems we are able to help with acupuncture
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
Nerve root pain
Spinal Lesions (transverse myelitis)