Acupuncture is a system of healthcare that uses the insertion of fine needles into the body to resolve health complaints and injury. Various styles of Acupuncture have evolved over its history, but Traditional Chinese Medicine is the most popular system that is is used worldwide.
Following its introduction into western healthcare over the past few decades, various new systems of Acupuncture practice have developed which are based upon our modern understanding of anatomy and physiology. Some practitioners, including myself have chosen to combine these various systems into an integrated method of diagnosis and treatment.
During it’s 2000 year history, Traditional Chinese Medicine has evolved a unique set of models for understanding the human body which are broadly based upon principals of holism and equilibrium. Holistic medicine views the human body as an interconnected and interdependent whole, rather than a set of isolated systems and components.
This means that when an injury or illness occurs, the treatment is not only focused on the symptoms as the practitioner will also examine how all aspects of the patients life may have contributed to the problem. These factors can include things like diet, lifestyle, stress and environment. Traditional Acupuncture treatment is then aimed at resolving the physiological imbalances which have caused illness to arise.
During my time studying and practicing Acupuncture I have been exposed to a wide variety of treatment styles and approaches. This has lead me to adopt methods that are grounded in traditional principals but also guided by modern scientific developments and more contemporary systems.
For me, Traditional Chinese principles are at their most useful when used alongside other models. This means that whilst treating a patient, I am usually drawing upon a modern appreciation of anatomy and physiology as much as traditional ideas. The extent to which I will use one model or another is dictated by the characteristics of the problem at hand, but generally speaking I like to practice in a flexible, pragmatic and open minded manner that is not tied to one particular way of thinking.
As a result of my background as an engineer and a physically active person, I have developed a particular interest in the management and prevention of pain, sports injuries and musculoskeletal conditions.
Acupuncture is used to treat a wide range of conditions and it’s effectiveness is increasingly being recognised by a developing body of scientific evidence.
The best way of finding out if acupuncture can help your individual health complaint is to contact us to talk it through. We also offer free 20 minute consultations which provide the opportunity for you to come and see the clinic, have a chat and ask any questions that you may have.
If you are interested in finding out more about Acupuncture treatment and a specific condition, there are also some excellent information sheets here at the British Acupuncture Council website
If you would like to get in touch with me or book an Acupuncture appointment in Leicester, you can contact me here
You can find full details on pricing and appointment times here
I work in both a private one-to-one setting and also a low-cost multi bed clinic
I am a member or the British Acupuncture Council, the UK’s main regulatory body for the practice of acupuncture.