Laroma Therapies Offers The Best Acupuncture In Worthing
We are very pleased to welcome Sadie to Laroma Therapies. Sadie will be offering Acupuncture in Worthing here at Laroma Therapies on Tuesdays, 9.30am – 5.00pm and at other times by appointment.
The history of Traditional Chinese Acupuncture spans 2,500 years, it is the longest standing, most researched and most viable system of medicine as an alternative to, or integrated with Western Medicine. Clinical trials continue to prove it’s effectiveness.
Traditional Acupuncture is a safe, effective treatment that uses fine, hair like needles inserted into channels in the body (these are located under the skin and have both deep and superficial pathways). These channels have many acupuncture points in specific places, which are in fact reservoirs of life energy (that we call Qi). When our Qi is not circulating properly we can experience pain, imbalance and ill health. Acupuncture treatment can unblock Qi and restore balance between mind, body and spirit.
A first consultation includes a full medical history and Sadie will use palpation and Pulse and Tongue observations to determine underlying patterns of imbalance. Traditional Chinese Medicine also encompasses dietary therapy, Acupressure, cupping, gua sha and Moxibustion. Some of these may be used in your treatments, depending on the diagnosis.
The beauty of Chinese Medicine is that it doesn’t matter where you start from, there will always be a way to improve aspects of your health. Acupuncture treats the whole person and not just the symptoms and condition, so many patients experience changes in their wellbeing that they were not expecting, as well as improvement to their condition.
CAN IT HELP ME?
Acupuncture was recently recommended by the House Of Lords to be available on the NHS. NICE (National Institute for Health and Care Excellence) recommends that patients be referred for acupuncture by their GPs for the treatment of knee, back pain and neck pain. WHO (World Health Organisation) state it can help with gastrointestinal, gynaecological, musculo-skeletal, psychological, respiratory and ear nose and throat issues. If you would like to know if Acupuncture can help your condition or what the experience of other patients has been, please look at the British Acupuncture Council Research fact sheets.
DOES IT HURT?
Acupuncture is safe and gentle – some sensations can be experienced when needles are placed in the body. This is generally reported as a tingling, warm or pulling sensation and most patients experience a deep sense of relaxation whilst in treatment. All needles are individually packed single use and pre sterilised
CONDITIONS PEOPLE OFTEN SEEK ACUPUNCTURE FOR INCLUDE:-
- Fertility — Male and Female
- Women’s Health — PCOS, Endometriosis, Menopause,
Heavy or painful periods
- Pregnancy, pre-labour treatments, morning sickness
- Menopause and irregular, heavy or painful menstrual
- Emotional Wellness
- Pain Management
- Migraine and headaches
- Anxiety, Depression and Stress
- Immune related disorders
- Digestive complaints
- Musculoskeletal — sciatica, back pain, neck pain, shoulder
pain, tennis elbow, knee injuries, repetitive strain injury
Techniques Used In Acupuncture
Cupping is an ancient healing method used in Chinese Medicine, often in combination with Acupuncture. It works by applying suction on certain points of the body using cups, to promote the movement of Blood and Energy (in Chinese Medicine we call this Qi) from the anterior of the body, closer to the surface. This movement allows us to reach sources of pain or disharmony that are sitting latent in the body and to invigorate flow. The points and areas used in Cupping also directly stimulate organs. There is an incredible healing power of moving fluids throughout the body.
The purpose of cupping can be physical or emotional – Blood and Qi can become physically stagnant causing pain and immobility, but blood and Qi also hold the emotions so to enhance their flow is to enhance our mental health.
Moxibustion is a form of Heat therapy used in Chinese Medicine. Moxa is a herb called ‘Mugwort’(Artemesia argyi or A.vlugaris) that has medicinal healing properties and also burns very well close to the body, transferring the nourishment of the herb into the acupuncture point or channel. It helps to warm areas of the body with the intention of stimulating the energy, circulation and lymphatic flow. In Chinese Medicine this translates to the smooth flow of Blood and Qi. Moxa can also be helpful in eliminating pathogens such as colds from the body.
Moxa Sticks are used to warm and nourish a channel or a site of pain. The warmth promotes flow of Blood and Qi. Moxa Cones are burnt close to the skin (but never too close!), to impart nourishment into specific points, to create an opening and warming affect to activate Qi/blood and at times to enhance needling. The cones produce a strong calming and relaxing affect.
Gua sha is an important medical treatment used throughout Asia for centuries. ‘Gua’ means ‘to rub’ and Sha is the small red dots called
‘petechiae’ that appear on the skin surface, when Guasha is performed. The redness disappears in 2-3 days after treatment. Pain can be shifted immediately using this technique, and relief can last until the Sha has gone.
The benefits of Guasha are numerous. It resolves Spasms and pain and promotes normal circulation to the muscles, tissues and organs and has an immediate effect on coughing and wheezing. In fact, Guasha causes a four- fold increase in microcirculation of surface tissue and can reduce inflammation and stimulate the immune system. Guasha upregulates heme-oxygenase-1 (HO-1), that acts to reduce organ inflammation, for example in cases of asthma, hepatitis and liver disease.
Guasha may be used in combination with needling and is performed mostly on acupuncture channels, depending on the diagnosis.
Sadie is at Laroma on Tuesdays from 9.30am – 5.00pm. Other appointments are available by appointment. To book your appointment with Sadie for Acupuncture in Worthing, call Laroma Therapies on 01903 201104.