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Medical Acupuncture

Medical Acupuncture


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What is Medical Acupuncture?

Acupuncture has its roots in Traditional Chinese Medicine and has been practised for over 2000 years. Over this time acupuncture has developed and been adapted to different cultures, treating a huge range of health conditions, disorders and diseases. Certain adaptations of acupuncture have evolved and been integrated into our Western healthcare system (which we call Medical Acupuncture). At Zensations, only Medical Acupuncture is used, this is a safe and very effective treatment which can relieve the symptoms of many medical, musculoskeletal and pain conditions, including: chronic tension-type headaches, migraines, chronic pain, neck pain, whiplash, shoulder pain, frozen shoulder, tennis elbow and golfer’s elbow, back pain, leg pain, sports injuries, knee pain, hip pain and some types of sciatic pain.

Medical Acupuncture involves the insertion of needles into the skin and muscles at specific points in order to stimulate sensory nerves and muscles, to encourage the body to heal and repair itself. Needling an acupuncture point causes a local twitch response. The body then reacts by:

Activating endogenous opioids in the brain and spinal cord, these are naturally produced chemicals that relieve pain, promote sleep and wellbeing. This modifies the way pain signals are received.

♦ Reducing muscle hypertonicity – which means that chronic contracted, short, tight muscles will improve in tone.

 Increasing local blood flow – the more blood flow you have going to an area, the faster you start to heal.

♦ Increasing local blood flow allowing for the removal of metabolic waste – which helps to maintain healthy muscles, improves recovery and decreases swelling.


Acupuncture needles are very fine, pre-sterilised and single-use needles that are disposed of after use. Lots of people don’t feel the needle go in; you may feel slight pain, a tingling or a dull ache around the needle site, which is normal. You shouldn’t experience any significant pain during acupuncture. The needles are left in position from 2 minutes up to 30 minutes. Your therapist will rotate or stimulate the needles while they are in place, to increase the effectiveness of the treatment. Your acupuncture session may also include a combination of massage, exercise and heat in order to aid your recovery. Most people need an initial course of acupuncture treatments because the effects of acupuncture are cumulative, so a course of treatments will provide longer lasting pain relief. Some people will feel immediate relief from their symptoms and some will feel a gradual improvement over a few sessions. The overall number of treatments depends on you and your condition. Usually a course of 6 treatments is average (normally within weekly intervals), although 1 or 2 sessions may be enough. Sometimes you may need to return for one or two top-up treatments.

Acupuncture isn’t for everyone; some medical conditions may prevent you from receiving treatment. It is very important that you let Zensations know if you have any of the following: Epilepsy ♦ Asthma ♦ Heart condition / disease ♦ Damage to the heart valves ♦ Bleeding disorder e.g. haemophilia ♦ Pacemaker or any other electrical implant ♦ Taking anticoagulants e.g. Warfarin or any other medication ♦ Under 12 weeks pregnant ♦ Trying to conceive ♦ Diabetes ♦ Deep vein thrombosis ♦ Weakened or deficient immune system ♦ Metal allergy – specifically to stainless steel ♦ Needle phobia Under 16 years.

Possible reactions to treatment

If you have just experienced an acupuncture treatment, as a result of the acupuncture you may experience one or two of the following reactions:

  • Tiredness / drowsiness may occur in a small number of people. If you are affected you are advised not to drive until it passes.
  • Feeling dizzy, nauseous, light-headed or faint, may occur in some people, particularly if it is your first treatment. If you are affected you are advised to sit and wait until it passes before you drive.
  • Very minor bleeding or bruising may occur.
  • Feeling sore where the needle was inserted.
  • A small number of people may experience a worsening or flare up of pre-existing symptoms within the first 1 -2 days after acupuncture (which is usually a good sign). This feeling will drop off and you will then feel a marked improvement.

These reactions are nothing to worry about. Your body has just been stimulated and is responding to the acupuncture by ridding itself of toxins and working to heal any problem areas that have been treated. Symptoms will normally subside within 24-48 hours.

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What Our Clients Say

  • An extremely pleasant experience from start to finish, I went for the Swedish massage which really loosened my back and shoulders off. Time was even made to have a look at a niggling ache in my lower leg, I left like it had never been there. Great service 10/10

    Martin Rogers

  • Amazing massage. Staff were fab and friendly. I am suffering badly with PGP(SPD) and nothing else has remotely helped. After my massage was the first time in months I wasn't in pain. Worth every penny and I wish I could go every week!

    Laura A.

  • I felt really welcomed, discussed my treatment plan at length, great precautions and environment relaxing and very clean. I will book in again. 3 months of back pain resolved in 45minutes. Amazing. Thank you

    Charlie H.

  • I immediately felt at ease when I visited for the first time. Sally is very skilled at remedial massage and acupuncture. She took a lot of time to understand the problem and give the treatment. I started to feel the benefits the next day and had further improvements after each session. I would thoroughly recommend Sally.

    Carol Leak

  • A fantastic experience from online booking through to the after service. Not only do you get one of the most robust, targeted and non-hurried massages going (I have the remedial sessions), but there's lots of science stuff to go with it. So when you have an ache, you don't just get a knot worked on, you get a proper explanation of what's going on with your posture to create it in the first place, a look at an iPad app with photos of posture and detailed background, then a massage focussed on that issue, as well as some exercises emailed home afterwards so that you try and fix what the issue was over the long term. Plus the room itself is really lovely, modern and relaxing, and Sally is a very welcoming, skilled practitioner. Can't think why you'd want to get a massage anywhere else!

    Mark Newton

  • I have been going to the gym for several years now. I’m in my mid fifties and every so often I seem to injure myself for one reason or another. I end up having to take time out from the gym until I recover. One nagging problem I had for about two years, before meeting Sally, was Golfers elbow. I had been to the Doctors a few times regarding this problem, and I was told to wear a Tennis /Golfer Elbow support strap and stay away from weights in the Gym. But when I met Sally and she told me she could help, I thought I would give it a try. Well, if I’d have known Sally could relieve the pain in just a few massages I would have gone to her a lot sooner. I wish the Doctor had told me to get help rather than fobbing me off with a couple of useless suggestions. I’m now a regular at Sally’s, she just seems to know what is needed for whatever I go to see her about, I now go for prevention massages rather than wait until I’m injured, Sally will recommend stretches to prevent future problems when she notices tight muscles. Sally gives a very relaxing, unhurried massage. Every time I see her, she is so professional and knowledgeable, and her room is so relaxing with the soft music and oil diffuser fragrances. Sally is also very easy to get on with. I would recommend Sally to anyone and in fact I already have, to more than a few.

    Wayne Bowler