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Acupuncture Awareness Week 2016 – Sports Injuries


This year, The British Acupuncture Council has chosen to highlight how acupuncture can help sports injuries, with the help of 2016’s celebrity ambassador, Olympic gold medal winning swimmer Rebecca Adlington.

According to a report released to mark Acupuncture Awareness Week (7th-13th March 2016), almost three in ten Brits (29%) exercise more now than they did ten years ago but more than half (52%) say they’ve been injured during sport in the past and one in three (30%) claim to have never recovered from their injuries.

To overcome a sporting injury, almost three in five people (56%) say they take oral painkillers, and nearly a third (32%) turn to ice and heat packs, compared to just 11% who opt for traditional acupuncture. And nearly half of Brits (44%) just “grin and bear” their pain, which they just do NOT have to do!

Traditional acupuncture is an evidence based therapy that has been shown to help reduce pain and swelling, increase blood flow to promote recovery and help restore movement at the site of injury. Acupuncture has been scientifically proven to release the endorphins – the happy hormones that help to reduce pain and increase wellbeing.

The report of 2,000 UK adults revealed nearly three quarters of people (73%) have never tried traditional acupuncture with three in ten Brits (30%) admitting they’re unaware of how the therapy could help them.

Painkillers often mask the problem and don’t always address any potential underlying issues. Traditional acupuncture can help to identify the root cause of a problem, improving a patient’s understanding and management of symptoms for a more positive long-term outcome.

Based on ancient principles which go back nearly two thousand years, traditional acupuncture involves placing extremely fine, sterile needles painlessly at specific points on the body to trigger a healing response and restore balance.

In this video Rebecca Adlington talks about how having Traditional Acupuncture (a form of Chinese Medicine) has helped her shoulders recover from her gruelling swimming schedule, and reduced the need for her to rely on painkillers.

The positive things she has to say about acupuncture can only now be even MORE relevant after her recent accident on Channel 4’s Celebrity Skiing show “The Jump”, where last month, she had to pull out of the competition early due to an accident where she dislocated her shoulder. Wishing her a VERY speedy recovery with the help of traditional acupuncture!










Acupuncture Awareness Week 2014 – Back Pain


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.

Camilla Sacre Dallerup acupuncture testimonialAcupuncture 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!






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