Lister Surgery, 8 The Parade, St Helier
Jersey, JE2 3QP and
Lister Surgery, Quennevais Parade, St Brelade, Jersey, JE3 8FX
During the last few years, acupuncture has become increasingly widely accepted as a treatment for a wide range of conditions. It is particularly effective as a treatment for muscle and joint pain. Grant and Penny have both undertaken many hundreds of hours of practical and theoretical training with the British Medical Acupuncture Society (BMAS) and the University of Hertfordshire, Grant holds a PGDip in Acupuncture and Penny an MSc, they are both registered with BMAS and the Jersey Medical Officer of Health.
How does acupuncture work?
Current research shows that acupuncture works by stimulating the nerves in the skin and muscles, increasing the release of the body's natural painkillers, including serotonin and endorphins, in the pathways of the brain and spinal cord. This modifies the way pain signals are received in the brain. Acupuncture can do more than simply reduce pain, it has been shown to affect many different aspects of the body, including the nervous system, muscle tone and hormone production. It also seems to have a generally beneficial effect on the health of some individuals and many patients notice an improved sense of wellbeing following treatment.
What happens in a treatment?
Every patient's case is assessed by the practitioner and treatment will be tailored to their individual needs. A typical treatment involves fine needles being inserted through the skin and left in position for a few minutes. The number of needles varies, but may be only two or three. Treatment might be once or twice a week initially, then at longer intervals as the condition responds. A typical course of treatment would be between three to eight sessions. Some of our patients with more long-term conditions find that having regular treatments helps to reduce their symptoms. These may be monthly, or every two or three months.
Conditions that respond to acupuncture?
In our clinic acupuncture is used to treat a wide range of painful muscle and joint conditions. We regularly use it to treat back,neck and shoulder pain, sciatica, headaches, migraines, 'trapped nerves', chronic muscle strain, sports injuries and arthritic pain.
Where does acupuncture come from?
Techniques resembling acupuncture have been used for over 5000 years and a comprehensive system was developed in the Far East. In the 1970's, this knowledge began to spread to the West. Since that time, considerable scientific research has been carried out and while more remains to be done, it can safely be said that that the benefits of acupuncture are not 'all in the mind'.