Our necks do so much for us and yet it’s really easy to neglect and forget it until we feel discomfort. While it’s important to try to avoid a build-up of tension (physical or mental) strengthening and stretching your neck is also a nice proactive way to minimise the tightness and soreness.
Many people around the world seek acupuncture to help for pain, especially chronic pain where medication and other forms of treatment don’t ease the pain. In the UK, the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) has recommended acupuncture for the treatment of low back pain and tension-type headaches and migraines. One of acupuncture’s
Stress is one of the top three reasons people come to my practice for. It affects their sleep, their moods, their energy levels, their digestion. It can drain the fun out of everyday and leave you possibly overwhelmed. Which is a pity as little amounts of stress can actually be good for you.
Music during acupuncture treatments are very subjective. Some practitioners play calming wind instrumentals or have sounds of nature like waterfalls and crashing waves. Other acupuncturists have nothing playing, preferring to have soothing silence envelope the room. In the treatment room I prefer gentle instrumental music but never any windpipes – it’s soft enough
More exciting research using MRI scans to show the effects of acupuncture has been done. Healthcmi wrote last week: A new study confirms that acupuncture’s medical benefits are acupuncture point specific for its effective actions on the stomach, intestines and heart. Researchers discovered that needling acupuncture point [Zhongwan, below the navel] increases HRV
We all know that health and wellness cannot be compartmentalised into distinct groups. Weight, stress and pain are usually the top three when people think of factors towards ill health, but Chinese medicine’s holistic view goes a little beyond that. The very first one is the concept of “food is medicine”. It doesn’t
The best way to treat your mind or body is to make very small changes, to trick your brain into thinking nothing has happened. If the brain doesn’t think something takes too much effort, then there’s less chance of it trying to fight and make it feel like a chore or exhaust you. There’s a
In traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) spring is the season of growth, movement and the re-emergence of yang after a season of hibernation. With warmer weather approaching, qi and blood flows smoothly and freely in the body and towards the surface of the skin. The difficulty here is straddling the unpredictable weather and not