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

  • I spend a lot of time in the gym and often my muscles feel wayyyy too tight. I could never find anyone to massage me deeply enough. That changed when I met Sally, she really knows how to make a grown man cry!! She works so deeply, it gets rid of all the aches & pains that really bug me. Afterwards I'm always freer and I can move again without hurting. I see Sally whenever I need help. I do recommend her to my friends.

    Ryan Locke
  • 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 seeing Sally for about 8 months. When I first came I was getting headaches all the time. My neck, shoulders and back were always tight and painful, it was really bad. Sally is fantastic, she got rid of so many knots in my neck and shoulders. I feel so much better and my headaches have virtually gone. I used to take Paracetamol a lot of the time, now I hardly use them. I see Sally once a fortnight and it’s the best thing I do for myself.
    Keely McGough
  • I recently went for my first appointment with Sally for a pregnancy massage due to an aching back from all the extra weight on the front! Sally made me feel welcome immediately and the atmosphere of the studio instantly made me feel relaxed. The massage experience itself was brilliant and Sally freed my back from the tight tension I went in with. The overall experience was amazing from start to finish and I'll definitely be heading back again. Thank you Sally!  

    Rachel Dougan



  • Sally is a great massage therapist, she has helped me with all kinds of sports injuries over the years. Her treatments are always thorough and effective, she's friendly, professional and comfortable, Thank you for all your help Sally!
    Katy Wasiukiewicz
  • 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