Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Massage is provided by our ever popular Anthony – a fully licenced Acupuncturist who supports people living with conditions such as:
Stress, Depression, Lower Back pain, Arthritis and Sports injuries.
Anthony specialises in acupuncture and complementary treatments like Tui Na massage (a type of light and deep tissue massage based on Traditional Chinese Techniques), Cupping and Moxibustion.
As a member of the Federation of Holistic Therapists (FHT), all treatments are carried out to standards recognised by the Professional Standards Authority and Anthony is listed on the FHT’s accredited register.
Acupuncture is one of a number of Chinese Medicine techniques involving the insertion of very fine single-use needles into the skin at specific points on the body.
It is based on the principle that a type of energy – known as ‘qi’ (pronounced ‘chee’) – circulates throughout the body along channels known as meridians, all of which correspond to a particular organ or part of the body, for example the bladder meridian is often involved in lower back pain due to its location parallel to the spine – See Fig 1.
If the meridian’s energy is free-flowing and balanced, the individual is believed to remain in good health. However if qi becomes blocked, impaired or imbalanced, then it is thought that mental, emotional or physical illness may follow.
Acupuncture aims to restore this balance by stimulating specific ‘acupoints’ that run along each of the meridians.
What will my treatment be like?
Your practitioner will first carry out an initial consultation which may take anywhere between half an hour to an hour. He or she will ask you a series of detailed questions about your lifestyle and medical history.
During this time, you may also be asked to provide a tongue or pulse reading (this involves looking at your tongue and/or feeling your pulse).
Following the consultation, specific Acupuncture points will be chosen and the treatment explained.
Patient consent will always be agreed before treatment commences and treatment may be stopped at any time at the patients’ request.
Acupuncture needles are generally inserted just a few millimetres into the skin, or slightly deeper, depending on the area being treated and how large or muscular you are. Once a needle has been inserted, it is usually left in place for between 5 to 20 minutes.
What are the benefits?
People use acupuncture for a number of reasons:
It is often used as a ‘preventative’ measure to maintain health, or more commonly, for specific ailments such as lower back pain.
Whilst Acupuncture is perhaps one of the better researched complementary therapies, and although the mechanisms as to how the treatment ‘works’ still remain unclear, it is used in many healthcare settings, alongside conventional medical care.
There is a growing body of evidence that acupuncture is effective in easing some of the symptoms associated with osteoarthritis, fibromyalgia and low back pain.
The National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) now recommend acupuncture for the treatment of persistent, non-specific low back pain.
Tui-Na is a Chinese system of massage, acu-point stimulation, and manipulation using techniques which include pushing, rolling, kneading, rubbing, and grasping, sometimes in conjunction with acupuncture.
Translated as push (Tui) and grasp (Na), Tui-Na manipulates the body using points and channels along the meridian system with the intention of freeing the flow of qi through the body. It is particularly good for muscle and joint problems.
Tui Na can be used to support conditions such as back pain or sports injuries and may also be used to relieve tension, stress and anxiety.
In fact, Chinese Medicine describes a clear link between physical and emotional tension and Tui-Na massage is particularly good for people with any kind of stress or emotional tension.
Greenhouse Therapies Practice & VTCT Accredited Training Centre for Holistic & Sports Massage Therapies. 40 Parkgate Road, Chester . CH14AJ . Tel 01244 637851 and 07512 127013