Yoga Class
Yoga Class

Join a yoga class to help strengthen your back

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Heat Therapy
Heat Therapy

Infra-red heat therapy to aid muscle repair

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Deep Tissue Massage
Deep Tissue Massage

Sports massage and myofascial release

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Acupuncture
Acupuncture

Traditional Acupuncture (meridian acupuncture), dry needling (trigger point acupuncture), electro-acupuncture for sports injury prevention and rehab

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Cupping
Cupping

Release muscular tension and knots with cupping. Cupping is an ancient technique that was initially used in ancient China to treat common colds. It involves creating a vacuum in glass or plastic cups, either by using a flame to burn out the oxygen inside or using a suction pump. The vacuum created may stimulate blood flow to the area. Sliding cups over a larger body area is another technique which may be applied to larger body areas like the upper back.

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Acupuncture, Back & Neck Pain

"Research by the University of Regensburg has shown that acupuncture is one of the most effective therapies for back pain. The research published by Archives of Internal Medicine, showed that acupuncture can provide significantly more relief from lower back pain than conventional therapies. The Chinese needle treatment was 74% more likely to lead to a sustained reduction in pain or improved ability to function normally than physiotherapy, medication and advice on exercise"1

Ruth may include other techniques into your back treatment such as: electro-acupuncture, cupping, massage and heat therapy (moxa or heat lamps).  It may also be recommended that you attend one Ruth's gentle yoga classes.  Many of her patients report sustained improvement in their back pain with regular yoga which includes many exercises similar to physiotherapy.

How Acupuncture may Help

Most lower back pain is caused not by serious damage or disease, but by sprains, muscle strains, minor injuries, or a pinched or irritated nerve. It can also occur during pregnancy, or because of stress, viral infection or a kidney infection.  Prior to attending your acupuncture appointment it is recommended you first visit your GP.

 

​Ruth is a professional acupuncturist and member of the British Acupuncture Council (BAcC), the UK's largest professional body for the practice of acupuncture.  The BAcC fully supports NICE's (National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence) decision that acupuncture be made available on the NHS for chronic lower back pain.    I work in private practice, not for the NHS.  There is some limited acupuncture available though your GP but most people choose private treatment from a professional acupuncturist such as me.  Some private health insurers cover some or all of the cost of BAcC registered acupuncturists.  Visit here for a current list and check your insurance policy.

 

Traditional acupuncture has been used for over 2,000 years to alleviate back pain and BAcC members have for many many years been successfully treating patients for this condition either in private practice or working within the NHS. The NICE guidelines are a rubber stamp of the positive work already being undertaken as well as an endorsement of the wealth of research evidence now available in this area.


It is essential for patients to choose an acupuncturist who is registered with a professional body. BAcC members such as myself have extensive undergraduate degree level training in acupuncture and biomedical sciences appropriate to the practice of acupuncture in the UK. They are bound by strict codes of ethics, and safe practice and professional conduct.

As well as back and neck pain I treat a range of musculoskeletal issues such as osteoarthritis of the knee, headaches and migraines. Contact me without obligation to discuss your concerns.


Cupping

Your musculoskeletal acupuncture treatment may include some cupping.  Cupping may also be booked as a stand-alone treatment.  Cupping involves creating a vacuum in glass or plastic cups, either by using a flame to burn out the oxygen inside or using a suction pump.  For health and safety reasons I use plastic suctions cups.  

The vacuum created  by cupping may help loosen muscles and encourage blood flow.  Cupping may be used to relieve back and neck pains, stiff muscles, anxiety and even cellulite. For weight loss and cellulite treatments, oil is first applied to the skin, and then the cups are moved up and down the surrounding area - 'gliding cupping.'


The marks, or Sha, that cupping may cause vary from light in colour to a deep red.  These marks are a normal result of the treatments and will fade in a few days.

Deep Tissue Massage (DTM)

Deep massage may also be included in your treatment.  Popular choices are a back massage followed by needling or cupping or infra-red heat therapy followed by acupuncture and/or massage.
 

Useful Links

References
1. Acupuncture & Back Pain on the NHS, BAcC article