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Acupuncture - Oakspring Health Clinic

acupun2This well-established system of healing has been practised in China for a few thousand years where it is used as part of a holistic approach to improve the health and well-being of the whole person rather than just treating symptoms. 

In Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), acupuncture encourages the flow of Qi, or life energy, through the body via channels known as meridians. Modern research suggests that acupuncture helps the body’s own self-regulating mechanisms to correct any imbalances that may cause symptoms by stimulating the release of endorphins (one of the body’s natural painkillers) and other neuro-transmitters (chemical messengers) within the nervous system.

Acupuncture uses very fine flexible needles, which seldom cause any discomfort.  The needles are sterile and disposable to avoid any risk of infection and often a feeling of calm relaxation is experienced during treatment which may persist for several hours afterwards.

Acupuncture can be particularly effective in the treatment of painful musculoskeletal conditions (including sciatica and flare-ups of arthritic conditions), headaches and migraines, gynaecological conditions (including menopausal symptoms), stress and anxiety reactions, allergic problems and often it is very helpful in treating a range of other conditions where Western Medicine has failed.  It is a very safe treatment and can often potentiate the effects of other physical treatments, like physiotherapy or osteopathy.

Acupuncture Practitioners:

laura_robertsonLaura Robertson:

Laura graduated from the College of Integrated Chinese Medicine in 2002 following a 3 ˝ year training in Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine. Laura uses TCM mostly and specialises in musculoskeletal problems (particularly sciatica), menopause, gynaecological problems, headaches/migraines and stress. She has a particular interest in the benefits of acupuncture in balancing the emotions leading to more fulfilment and contentment.

She has full membership of the British Acupuncture Council and regularly attends post-graduate courses, which have included Facial Revitalisation Acupuncture (which has a dramatic effect on the physical manifestations of ageing on the face), Cupping Therapy, Nutrition and she is presently studying for a diploma in Tuina Massage (particularly useful as an adjunct with acupuncture for treating pain).