Hua Sands, Acupuncturist
I deliver an acupuncture service for pain and tension relief in the area of Lavenham, Bildeston, Sudbury, Hadleigh and Ipswich in Suffolk.
I was trained in acupuncture and worked in hospitals in China, in addition to receiving additional acupuncture training in the UK, which enables me to deliver safe and effective genuine Chinese acupuncture for pain and tension relief. I am a full member of the Acupuncture Association of Chartered Physiotherapists (membership number: 7151).
My skill in selecting the appropriate acupuncture points and depths enables me to deliver acupuncture that gives you results, and many patients also find my gentle approach makes it very relaxing.
Acupuncture for Pain Relief
Acupuncture is recommended by NICE (National Institute for Health & Clinical Excellence) for use in treating pain associated with certain musculoskeletal conditions. Research has shown that acpuncture stimulates the brain to produce natural chemicals called endorphins which relieve pain and assist the body to heal itself.
Acpuncture at the clinic is used mainly for pain relief, and involves the partial insertion of very fine, single use, sterile needles (much finer than the needles used for injections, so that you barely feel them going in) into the body. The patient is typically lying down while the practitioner places the acupuncture needles in certain points of the body (where exactly depends upon the condition). The needles are left in place for around 20 minutes. Most patients find it remarkably relaxing, and experience some benefit after the first session.
Acupuncture is generally very safe, with minimal risk of side effects (e.g. minor bruising in around 3% of patients). The clinic and the practitioner are registered with the local authority (Babergh District Council) for acupuncture.
Acupuncture for Relaxation and Relief of Tension
Acupuncture is also used at the clinic to help patients with headaches or tightness around the neck and shoulders caused by tension. Acupuncture helps the muscles relax and relieve tension and the associated tightness and aches. The mechanism by which acupuncture achieves this is likely mainly due to the release of endorphins and other natural brain chemicals that help relaxation.
Acupressure, also called Tui Na or Chinese Massage, is another method of pain relief and relaxation based on deep massage around the acupuncture points.
In this clinic acupressure is used together with herbal oil for patients who do not like needles, as well as used for enhancing the effectiveness of acpuncture.
Nearly all patients immediately after experiencing acupressure at the clinic feel more comfortable and extremely relaxed.