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What is acupuncture?
Acupuncture is a branch of traditional medicine that has been practised in China and the far east for thousands of years. It has been developed, tested, researched and refined to give a detailed understanding of the body's energetic balance.
What the ancient classic texts described as Qi flow in the meridians is now thought of (by many modern medical acupuncturists) as the communication that occurs within the fascial network of the body. Obstructions within this network may inevitably cause pain and dysfunction in the tissues and structures with which it is involved. This ties in nicely with the ancient Chinese saying...
"where there is pain there is no free flow, where there is free flow, there is no pain"
What happens in a treatment?
After a full consultation to determine presenting symptoms and discuss medical history and any current treatments and medications, Chinese diagnostic methods are clearly explained and a specific treatment plan is mapped out for you. Once the treatment plan is discussed and agreed upon, very thin, hair-like needles are inserted into specific acupuncture points along the pathways known as ‘meridians’ or channels. Disruption of flow along these pathways (or fascial network lines) may originally be caused by poor diet, lack of exercise, emotional disturbances, overwork, injury or excessive types of lifestyle. We only tend notice these disturbances when we feel pain or dysfunction in the physical body or an overwhelming feeling of stress or anxiety on an emotional level.
Acupuncture has been proven to stimulate the nervous system and cause the release of neurochemical messenger molecules. The resulting biochemical changes influence the body's homeostatic mechanisms, thus promoting not only physical but also emotional well-being.
In an acupuncture treatment, your practitioner aims to restore this natural flow of energy in a holistic and person specific approach. Every treatment will be specifically tailored to your individual set of symptoms and specific presentation of dysfunction.
Is it safe?
The answer is yes - very safe. Single use, sterile needles are used in each treatment. They are opened in front of you and are disposed of in line with medical standard sharps disposal methods.
Alison has been working as a therapist since 1994 with Massage, Reflexology and Aromatherapy and has specialised in Sports & Remedial Massage for the last fifteen years, working alongside Physiotherapists, Osteopaths and doctors in Asia, Spain and the UK. She has worked as one of the lead tutors at the London School of Soft Tissue Therapy (www.lssm.com.), where she has been teaching since 2011.
Alison was awarded a first class BSc (Hons) degree in Chinese Acupuncture with Greenwich University, having studied a three year full time degree at the renowned International College of Oriental Medicine - (www.orientalmed.ac.uk). She is also proud to have been part of the teaching faculty at this prestigious college.
Alison incorporates Traditional Chinese Medicine, Five Element and Classical Stems and Branches approaches in her acupuncture treatments. She is a member of the Institute of Sports & Remedial Massage (www.theisrm.com) and of the British Acupuncture Council (BAcC).(www.acupuncture.org.uk) and practices from The Perrymount Clinic in Haywards Heath.
About Alison Dalziel