BETTER HEALTH STARTS HERE
WHAT IS ACUPUNCTURE?
Acupuncture is one of the oldest, yet most commonly used medical treatments in the world. Originating in Eastern Asia over 2,000 years ago, it involves the insertion of fine, sterile needles into specific points to stimulate the body to heal itself.
HOW DOES ACUPUNCTURE WORK?
Traditionally acupuncture was said to affect the flow of ‘qi’, or the body’s energy, though we now know that acupuncture has a number of biological mechanisms.
Locally the needling causes a micro injury, stimulating the body to increase blood flow and local analgesia and facilitating the body’s natural healing mechanisms.
System-wide, the treatment is thought to stimulate the activation of neural pathways and the secretion of specific neurotransmitters, such as endorphins which facilitate relaxation and pain relief.
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DO YOU SUFFER FROM A LONG-TERM PAIN CONDITION?
For patients with diagnosed long-term chronic pain conditions, we also offer shorter, reduced rate treatments. Following an initial consultation, these can be booked in person, by telephone or online.
IS ACUPUNCTURE SUITABLE FOR ME?
DOES ACUPUNCTURE HURT?
The needles used are single use, and not much thicker than a human hair. They are not usually felt when they are inserted, however, when the needle reaches the acupuncture point, an aching or numb sensation may be felt.
WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF ACUPUNCTURE?
A growing body of evidence-based clinical research is discovering how the body responds to acupuncture and its benefits for a wide range of common health conditions.
A lot of people have acupuncture to relieve specific aches and pains, osteoarthritis of the knee, temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ), headaches, low back pain, or for common health problems like an overactive bladder.
Other people choose acupuncture when they can feel their general health could be improved, but they have no obvious diagnosis.
At Sunnyside Clinic, our fully qualified acupuncturist, Laura Catlow, uses acupuncture to treat a wide variety of conditions and illnesses.
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