Acupuncture

Here at the Algorfa Chiropractic Clinic we also specialise in Acupuncture.

The clinic has treated a number of patients who have benefitted from Acupuncture for:

  • Smoking addiction (to stop smoking)
  • Allergies
  • Sinusitis
  • Stress
  • Bursitis and Tendonitis

Acupuncture is a safe and effective natural therapy that is used to heal illness, prevent disease and improve well-being. According to traditional acupuncture theory, there are twelve energy channels called "meridians" running vertically along the length of the human body, each one linking to a specific organ. Illness is caused by obstructed energy flow at certain points along the meridians. Acupuncture therapy stimulates meridian flow and harmonizes the body's energy to influence the health of both body and mind.

Smoking addiction

The probable reason why more people do not give up smoking is that they are unable to cope with the symptoms caused by nicotine withdrawal.

Smokers who go without a cigarette will often have strong physical and psychological reactions to nicotine deprivation, some of which can be treated with acupuncture. These include:

  • Anxiety
  • Irritability
  • Restlessness
  • Nervousness
  • Difficulty Concentrating
  • Poor sleep
  • Increase in craving and appetite
  • Headaches
  • Fatigue

Every person reacts differently and may have some or all of the symptoms.

The patients that have been treated at the clinic, generally comment more on the fact that having stopped smoking through sessions of acupuncture, how relaxed they feel and how well they sleep.

We also prescribe homeopathic remedies in conjunction with the acupuncture treatment.

The patients are interviewed at length before undergoing the treatments.

Allergies

Sometimes confused with the common cold, allergies are reactions to certain stimuli such as pollen or dust.

Allergies arise when the body is trying to rid itself of a given substance. Allergies can begin in childhood or adulthood, and either last a lifetime or decrease over time. In some cases, symptoms can be alleviated with acupuncture.

Substances such as pollen, mould spores, pet hair, household dust and/or dust mites, cigarette smoke, and bedding can trigger allergies. People can also experience allergies from the food they eat such as nuts or shellfish.

The clinic has successfully treated patients with hayfever allergies.

Before proceeding with acupuncture, the patient will undergo a thorough consultation.

At the Algorfa Chiropractic Clinic, some conditions such as allergies can be treated by Chiropractic treatment, hence the importance of firstly assessing each patient to see what their needs are.

Sinusitis

Acupuncture applied to the sinus points can relieve the pain and clear the sinuses.

Stress

Over time, the constant state of stress takes its toll. Cortisol, the body's stress hormone elevates, blood pressure increases, and our immune function is suppressed. Over time, these symptoms become worse and can develop into anxiety, depression, fatigue, digestive problems, and tension headaches.

In general, acupuncture is believed 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 physical and emotional well-being.

Before each patient undergoes a session of acupuncture for stress, the doctor will need to understand the reasons for the stress.

Bursitis and Tendonitis

Bursitis is inflammation of the bursae, the fluid-filled sacs that protect against friction between bones and other tissues. Depending on the location in the body, bursae may cushion bones from other bones, tendons, muscle, or skin. Bursitis can occur in many areas of the body. It is most common in the elbows and wrists. The ankles, hips, or knees may also be affected. Bursitis is caused by overuse injury or other trauma. Repetitive movements increase the risk of bursitis.

Tendonitis is inflammation or irritation of a tendon — any one of the thick fibrous cords that attaches muscle to bone. The condition causes pain and tenderness just outside a joint and can occur in any of your body's tendons, it is most common around your shoulders, elbows, wrists, knees and heels.

Acupuncture applied to the affected area will reduce inflammation and hence reduce pain.

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