Many of the doctors and nurses in the Practice have undergone acupuncture training and we are now able to offer this service to more of our patients. Your doctor or nurse may recommend acupuncture to you for a variety of conditions and we have prepared an information sheet for you to read prior to your treatment. If you have any additional questions please speak to the doctor or nurse during your consultation. Please ensure that you request an information sheet when making your appointment.
What is Acupuncture?
Acupuncture is a treatment that consists in pricking the patient with a special needle. It developed in China about 2000 years ago. Traditional Chinese acupuncture uses a complicated system of ancient ideas that are not easy for most of us to understand or accept today. At the Wellwynd Practice the doctors and nurses have trained in a modern version of acupuncture. We use only a few needles and they are left in only for a short time – sometimes a few seconds. We find this to be a most effective method.
How Does It Work?
We cannot yet explain this in detail. In many cases we make use of 'trigger points'. These are areas, usually in muscle, that hurt when pressed and cause pain to radiate to other places that may be some distance away from the trigger point. Needling the trigger point can relieve pain in these distant areas, although we do not know exactly how this happens.
Acupuncture has important effects on the way in which the nervous system, glandular system, and probably the immune system work. It can therefore be used to treat disorders which are not associated with trigger points, for example asthma (some cases) or menstrual irregularities.
It is important to understand that acupuncture has measurable effects on the body even though we can't explain them in detail. You don't have to believe in it for it to work.
Hypnosis is a very natural state for all humans and even some animals. In fact you have been in a hypnotic state thousands of times – for example when you drive past your usual motorway exit point, the first few days of being in love, any time you have been day dreaming, when you are working on automatic pilot.
Whenever you do anything automatic your conscious mind is diverted from your unconscious mind and you are more likely to go into a hypnotic state. It is then easier to drift into a light hypnotic trance, more commonly known as a day–dream. Hypnosis feels just like that dreamy, relaxed, can't be bothered feeling you get when you first wake in the morning.
What is Hypnotherapy?
Hypnotherapy is the application of hypnosis for the treatment and relief of a wide variety of conditions and problems. When you are in a relaxed state your unconscious mind readily accepts suggestions and will act upon these suggestions to help you.
Nobody can ever be hypnotised against their will and your unconscious mind will only accept suggestions that are appropriate to you. Any inappropriate suggestions will be rejected. Hypnotherapy is natural and safe and there are no harmful side effects. In hypnosis you will not do or say anything you do not think is acceptable. You cannot be made to do anything – you are fully aware and able to make decisions.
What Can Hypnotherapy Help With?
Breaking unwanted habits e.g. nail biting, smoking and stuttering.
Phobias e.g. fear of visiting dentist, fear of insects etc.
Stress and anxiety management, sleep disturbance
Emotional problems and many worries of everyday life
In addition you can learn Self Hypnosis and access the many benefits of regular hypnosis for yourself.