Flex Health is one of the regions leading practitioners of acupuncture services.
Derived from an ancient Chinese medicine, Acupuncture is the practice of inserting fine needles at certain sites on the body for the therapeutic and preventive purpose.
Flex Health’s team of specialist combine their abilities within acupuncture, in hand with physiotherapy to help treat both musculoskeletal issues as well as pain management/chronic pains which can include things such as:
- Osteoarthritis and Rheumatoid arthritis
- Back pains
- Shoulder pains
- Neck pains
Acupuncture has been developed and practiced for thousands of years and is one of the longest established forms of healthcare in the world.
Alongside the ailments above it is also known to treat many other conditions such as headaches and migraines, weight management, health management as well as digestive, respiratory, reproductive and emotional health.
What is Acupuncture?
Acupuncture involves stimulating the sensory nerves under the skin by painlessly inserting very fine needles into muscles and specific areas of the body to cure and help treat pains, illness, and many other health conditions by causing the body to produce natural substances such as pain releasing endorphins.
Traditionally the Chinese and other cultures which practice acupuncture believe it unblocks and frees a natural life force often referred to as Qi (Pronounced chi) which is believed to flow through the body, it is then believed that injuries other health conditions are a result of Qi being unable to flow freely.
More modern treatments state that acupuncture works through neurohormonal pathways, placing the needle at specific points in the body to stimulate nerves. This sends signals to the brain that releases hormones that help to alleviate pain.
Numerous studies have shown the impact of acupuncture over the years, with recent research involving over 18,000 patients finding it effecting in treating numerous pain conditions.
Acupuncture and its Uses
Acupuncture is being used to treat more and more symptoms in place of modern western medication as research increases. The British Acupuncture Council believes acupuncture helps to treat over 65 conditions. Our practice commonly uses acupuncture to treat many musculoskeletal conditions including Arthritis, Sciatica and other chronic conditions.
Arthritis is commonly treated with anti-inflammatories and other drugs, however, this can add up to taking lots of medication every day.
Recent research by many leading medical bodies suggests acupuncture successfully reduces pain and improves the function of arthritic patients, it is quickly becoming a favored option for arthritis sufferers as it allows them to reduce their intake of drugs allowing for a more natural way to help treat symptoms.
Back Pain and Sciatica
Acupuncture, due to its personal and hands-on approach is a brilliant method to deal with pain whilst the patient is waiting for other forms of treatment. Especially for conditions such as sciatica and other back pain problems.
Acupuncture practices deal with every person individually, not applying the same treatment for everyone, this is extremely helpful in back pain cases as not all patients suffer from the same conditions. Although acupuncture cannot be used to correct anything it is an ideal way to help deal with the pain both in place of or alongside opiates.
Does it work?
Acupuncture has long been recognised as an effective method of treatment for many health conditions, used in many NHS general practices, as well as the majority of pain clinics and hospices within the UK.
Studies by leading medical bodies conducted between no acupunctural treatment, simulated acupuncture, and acupunctural treatment show a clear improvement on pain levels for people who undergo treatment comparing to either simulated and no acupuncture. This is supported by hundreds of other clinical studies showing acupuncture as a successful treatment for musculoskeletal conditions and other health conditions.
During recent years the practice of acupuncture has vastly grown as more research has been conducted proving the benefits of acupuncture. With both doctors and patients keen on avoiding modern medicines such as ibuprofen and much stronger medicines which can result in their own complications, this is only likely to grow further.
We work with some of the worlds leading experts in acupuncture, ensuring our practices are up to date and effective. Using a holistic approach to treatment we believe in assessing and diagnosing all conditions before beginning treatment.
Get in touch to book in your initial assessment or to enquire about our acupuncture services.
What are the risks with Acupuncture?
Pain is often a major concern for a lot of potential patients however when performed correctly acupuncture is usually painless and has no side effects except the rare occasion where the skin is bruised around the needlepoint or begins to bleed.
Almost all complications and risks with acupuncture are avoidable by going to a trained acupuncturist and alerting your practitioner on your medical status including any conditions you have and medication you are taking.
Who we work with
The Flex team have over 12 years’ experience working in training and recovery as professional physiotherapists and are aligned with Hull and East Riding's Leading Surgeons, sports medicine Doctors and a member of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapists. To make things as easy as possible we work closely with all leading insurance providers including, but not limited to, Simply Health, Bupa, Aviva, and AXA. If you have any questions about your insurance provider and if we work with them please get in touch and we would be happy to discuss your options.
4B Newland Science Park
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