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What is acupuncture?
Acupuncture involves the insertion of very fine needles to help relieve pain, cure disease and promote health. Acupuncture is commonly associated with Traditional Chinese Medicine, although it actually predates the use in China and is seen in both Ancient Egyptian and in Hindu texts, believed to be 5000-7000 years old.
How does acupuncture work?
The effects of acupuncture have been extensively studied and acupuncture has been shown to act mainly by stimulating the nervous system to reduce pain signals, improve circulation and reduce muscle tension. Some patients also report increased energy levels or euphoria.
What is Medical Acupuncture?
Medical Acupuncture is an adaptation of Chinese acupuncture using current knowledge of anatomy, physiology and pathology, and the principles of evidence based medicine. The British Medical Acupuncture School (BMAS) involves the use of acupuncture treatment following orthodox clinical diagnosis. Importantly, members of BMAS are regulated health professionals who use acupuncture as a therapy within their practice. Training for medical acupuncture is through a post-graduate, hospital based course.
All members of the British Medical Acupuncture Society must complete additional annual training to keep up-to-date with latest developments as well as adhere to the Code of Conduct and hold the necessary indemnity insurance.
Further information can be found on the British Medical Acupuncture Society website.
What can I expect on my first visit?
To help determine the best course of treatment for you, you will complete a new patient form, before receiving a comprehensive assessment which may include testing of nerves, muscles and joints (neurological and orthopaedic testing). Any further testing e.g. heart or lung function may be performed to rule out other pathologies.
Unless you require further assessment e.g. x-ray, you will receive treatment on your first visit, as well as the first of your self-help exercises.
Where possible, treatment is fully clothed with the clothes rolled up over the necessary area. If you would prefer, gowns can also be provided.
What makes The South Coast Clinc different?
The main advantage is treatment is focused around an accurate and clearly explained clinical diagnosis. Secondly, rather than just treating the pain, you will be given self-help exercises and advice to speed up recovery times, and to help you manage your condition beyond treatment sessions. There are an array of additional therapies that can be added to your treatment to help you get better quickly, offered at no additional cost.