The 2014 theme of The British Acupuncture Council’s Acupuncture Awareness Week is BACK PAIN. As traditional acupuncturists we are so passionate about raising awareness, spreading the word of what acupuncture can do & how it could help you in your life.
In Chinese Medicine we view back pain as being caused either by a deficiency of energy (or Qi) in the body, which feels like a constant dull ache or as though the back is weak and could “go” at any time; alternatively, back pain can come from a blockage of energy (inflammation), which is like a spasm or a strong stabbing pain, that comes on quickly.
Acupuncture seeks to address the ROOT CAUSE of the back pain, and relieve it by boosting the energy that is lacking, or moving the stuck energy that is causing the pain. It is this differentiation of identifying EXACTLY what is going on in a patient’s body, that is the benefit of using acupuncture to treat back pain, and means the results are often better in the long term.
In scientific terms, acupuncture has been shown to stimulate release of endorphins (the happy hormones) and oxytocin (the calm and contented hormone often associated with nursing mothers) – leading to reduction of stress and pain. In Chinese Medicine we view it as harmonising Qi within the energy pathways of the body, restoring balance, health and wellbeing. It is why acupuncture is so relaxing and makes patients feel so good.
Acupuncture Awareness Week 2014 launches on Monday 3rd March, through to the 10th. I was also incredibly thrilled to be chosen out of over 3000 members of the British Acupuncture Council, to treat the celebrity endorser of Acupuncture Awareness Week this year – Strictly Come Dancing’s most successful female professional dancer, Camilla Dallerup.
You can watch us talking about how treatment with acupuncture helped Camilla’s back pain, as well as seeing what a treatment looks like, in this video:
To mark the awareness week I have many opportunities for you to get involved with learning more about how acupuncture could help you, & also for you to access FREE information about back pain:
+ book your FREE 15 minute consultation on Tuesday 4th March 2014, at The White House in Thame
+ watch a LIVE online presentation about acupuncture & back pain, at 8pm (GMT) on Thurs 6th March 2014
+ download a FREE “How to Help Back Pain” information sheet, with tips & tricks you can do at home
+ read patient testimonials about how acupuncture has helped their back pain, including Camilla Dallerup!
WATCH THE PLAYLIST OF FREQUENTLY ASKED ACUPUNCTURE QUESTIONS:
© Rhiannon Griffiths 2014