Chronic Pain

Chronic pain includes a wide range of conditions including arthritis, migraines, fibromyalgia, trigeminal neuralgia, tendonitis, irritable bowel, cystitis and endometriosis. Acupuncture has been shown to safely relieve the pain caused by many of these health issues and is side effect free. Below is a bit more information on the top 3 seen in clinic. You'll find more info in Common Conditions.

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Fibromyalgia

Around 1 in 25 of the UK population has fibromyalgia, a lifelong condition involving widespread musculoskeletal pain and tenderness, fatigue, sleep disturbance, and functional impairment, without any known structural or inflammatory cause (Annemans 2008; Hauser 2008; De Silva 2010; Burckhardt 1994).

A recent review assessed the effectiveness of acupuncture against conventional medication and found it to be better than drugs in terms of pain relief. Acupuncture may have the greatest benefit when applied together with medication or other therapeutic options.

Jo has successfully treated patients with fibromyalgia. You can book here online or via our remote reception on 01273 251575.

If you’d like to meet with her to find out how she can help please book a free 15minute consultation. Alternatively, you can email or contact her via our booking form here.

Source: British Acupuncture Council. If you’d like to read more about the mechanics of how acupuncture can help, please click here British Acupuncture Council Fact Sheets.

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Migraine

Migraine is an often debilitating headache disorder, with recurring attacks, usually lasting for 4 to 72 hours and involving pain of moderate to severe intensity.

Research consistently shows that acupuncture is significantly better than no treatment/basic care for managing migraine, and appears to be at least as effective as prophylactic drug therapy, with few contraindications or unpleasant side effects (Linde 2009, Wang 2008, Sun 2008, Scott 2008). It’s helpful for prevention and to alleviate acute symptoms during an attack.

Jo has successfully treated many patients experiencing recurring migraine attacks. If you’d like to meet with her to find out how she can help please book a free 15minute consultation, either to talk by phone or at the clinic. Alternatively, you can email or contact her via our booking form here.

If you’d like to book you can do so online here or via our remote reception on 01273 251575.

"I have been suffering from migraines most of my adult life. They have been debilitating at times effecting my home and work life. Now I’m living mostly migraine free. If ever I feel any symptoms coming on I see Jo and they disappear. I can’t thank you enough Jo." Rosie, Brighton

Source: British Acupuncture Council. If you’d like to read more about the mechanics of how acupuncture helps migraines, more information is available from the British Acupuncture Council here.

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Irritable Bowel Syndrome

Is usually experienced as a collection of symptoms, commonly including chronic abdominal pain, bloating, flatulence and altered bowel habits. It affects nearly a quarter of the UK, women are more likely to suffer from symptoms especially during their periods.

Predisposing factors may include a low-fibre diet, emotional stress, use of laxatives or a bout of infectious diarrhoea. The cause of IBS is unclear, but it appears that sensory nerves in the bowel are hypersensitive in people with IBS causing pain, cramping, flatulence, sudden bouts of diarrhea, and/or constipation.

The symptoms are usually triggered by stress or eating. Systematic reviews of the research literature suggest that conventional medications are of limited benefit in IBS (Akehurst 2001).

There is consistent evidence that a course of acupuncture improves IBS symptoms and general wellbeing (Anastasi 2009, Trujillo 2008, Reynolds 2008, Schneider 2007b, Xing 2004, Lu 2000).

Acupuncture can be safely and effectively combined with Western biomedicine, and other treatments such as relaxation exercises, herbal medicine and psychotherapy. Jo often makes suggestions as to dietary and other lifestyle changes that may be helpful in combating IBS symptoms. 

If you’d like to book you can do so online here or via our remote reception on 01273 251575.