We offer several different types of acupuncture in Southend at The Body Matters. Acupuncture treatments are available from our clinic based in Leigh-on-Sea.
Please contact us to discuss which acupuncture treatment is best for you.
(Dry Needling / Trigger Point Dry Needling)
Dry needling is a treatment of inserting acupuncture needles into tender areas of the body, but without the concept of following traditional meridian patterns of Chinese acupuncture.
Dry needling is relatively easy to learn for qualified healthcare providers, which may include manual physical therapists, physicians, dentists and Osteopaths. However, a full education in anatomy, physiology, musculoskeletal diagnosis and pain sciences are fundamental to giving effective treatment.
Treatment is effective for a multitude of painful conditions and in a majority of regions of the body by identifying myofascial trigger points. Any complications are avoided by knowing the local anatomy, and by careful identification of the anatomical landmarks relevant to the muscle that is to be needled.
A needle using the dry needling method, are generally left in place for as little as 10-20 seconds. Dry needling can be used as stand-alone treatment or as an adjunct to other hands on techniques. It can be used effectively when pain and sensitivity to touch and mobilisation is too great for a patient to tolerate and as such needling beforehand can allow for firmer hands on techniques to be performed with a reduced amount of discomfort.
Although the basic description of medical acupuncture is inserting needles into tender and painful parts of the body, it does follow some specific protocols that may mean treating away from the primary region of pain.
There are numerous different styles of Acupuncture in the world, such as Medical, Chinese, Japanese acupuncture. Traditional Chinese Acupuncture is not a static system, it is continuously evolving. Today doctors and researchers also work at integrating the traditional approach with the modern understanding.
Traditionally, Acupuncture can be described as regulating the energy (qi) flow within the body along invisible pathways through which the energy (qi) flows in our body. These pathways are called meridians.
The energy (qi) flow in our body can be compared to the flow of water through a stream: The water flowing through a stream can be blocked by an obstruction which may cause overflow (excess) or dryness in different areas dependent on where the blockage is. When the blockage is cleared the stream will resume its natural flow. A blockage in a stream can be cleared by making a hole or crevice which will eventually allow the force of water to widen the flow until normal flow is restored.
In humans, the obstruction to energy (qi) flow may be caused by a trauma (an injury to the body), or the influence of bad weather (too cold or too hot), stress, or by eating improper food. There are many different reasons that can cause an obstruction within the body. By inserting a small needle into a blocked meridian, it will have the effect of harmonising the flow of energy within the body.
Therefore, the basic approach of Traditional Chinese Acupuncture is to locate the areas of disturbance, identify the main blockage points and clear them. The ultimate aim is to restore the body’s natural flow, balancing the body through homeostasis.
Acupuncture has been successfully used in the treatment of numerous medical related conditions for many thousands of years. In the UK, Acupuncture has rapidly gained popularity as a proven method in the treatment of joint pain, arthritis, pain management and other health problems.
The WHO (World Health Organisation) identifies over 40 conditions acupuncture successfully treated and the most commonly treated as follows:
- Aches and pains in the neck, shoulders, back, knees and joints,
- Respiratory problems
- Fatigue / low energy
- Digestive disorders
- Headaches / migraines
- Menopausal problems
- Menstrual problems
- Ante & post natal management
And many more.
Jennie Chew is fully qualified and experienced in the following styles of Japanese Acupuncture:
- Toyohari Technique (Jennie is listed as a practitioner on UK Toyohari Acupuncture website)
- Kiiko Matsumoto Style
- Meridian Acupuncture Style
- Shonishin Acupuncture (non-invasive acupuncture for children)
Japanese Acupuncture made its way to Japan via Korea, from China in the early 6th century and has been practised for over 14 centuries. Japanese acupuncture is generally less invasive and more gentle than traditional Chinese acupuncture. It was practised by the blind practitioners in Japan, using their skills of ‘touch’ and palpation in their diagnosis.
Some of the key concepts differing between Chinese acupuncture and Japanese acupuncture is the size of the needles. Needles used in Japanese acupuncture tend to be of smaller gauge for gentler, more superficial needling.
The depth of insertion is therefore more focused under the surface of the skin. Some feel the benefit of this treatment more, as they can sense the movement of qi more effectively through their body. Although in the majority of cases the needle does not pierce the skin.
The needling technique differs; Chinese acupuncture tends to manipulate the needle more when inserted into the body to get a stronger qi sensation. Japanese acupuncture tends to use milder stimulation and focus on the patients comfort. Contact needling, for instance, is one of the techniques where the needle, rather than being inserted, is used to stroke the skin surface.
Japanese acupuncturists always incorporate different techniques of moxibustion in their treatment. The warming sensation adds to the soothing and healing nature of Japanese acupuncture.
One style of acupuncture is not any better than the other, as treatment depends on the patients’ needs and the practitioner skills. The treatment is always a patient-centred approach by understanding the kind of treatment appropriate to the individual’s requirement.
Shonishin Acupuncture is Japanese acupuncture, used mainly on younger children because their energy is more open hence they can respond to lighter treatment. It works by using various stroking techniques to encourage the qi flow. There is hardly any insertion of needles.
Generally the aim is to find the fundamental imbalance within the body thus treating the root cause of the issue (and not just the symptom). The holistic treatment works on the flow of energy within the body. Palpation (a method of feeling with the fingers or hands) is used and questions are asked to the patient to determine the best methods used to treat the patient.
Cosmetic Acupuncture or Facial Revitalisation Acupuncture (FRA)
This has been widely used in China for many years to prevent the onset of wrinkles and facial lines.
Facelift acupuncture was quoted in the Daily Mail as '' the newest weapon in the Anti Ageing War" in June 2013. In the west, it is becoming increasing popular as an alternative non-surgical method of reducing the signs of aging process. This non-invasive facial revitalisation has become the favourite of many famous people such as Madonna, Gwyneth Paltrow and Cher over recent years. It avoids the problems and complications associated with Botox and facial surgery. Cosmetic acpuncture softens wrinkle lines, firms sagging skin, improves the tone, colour and condition of the skin. It also increases the collagen production in the areas that need it.
Treatments stimulate the flow of blood and energy through the skin of the face, thereby boosting the supply of nutrients and oxygen. The result is a firmer, fuller looking skin and more relaxed facial muscles.