If you listen to the wealth of advice that routinely comes out of the NHS, there’s a recurring theme to it: prevention, prevention, prevention. And acupuncture has a role to play in that as well.
Much of the NHS infrastructure, particularly where your GP is concerned, is geared to providing support and advice that’s meant to help us to take sensible steps around our own health to give us the best chance of combating avoidable illnesses.
That’s great with the things that are easy to build into our daily routines – taking vitamin supplements, washing our hands properly after visiting the smallest room in the house or before preparing food, wrapping up warm in cold weather, and so on.
But it becomes harder when we’re trying to stave off the kinds of health issues that creep up on us with little warning.
And I think it’s also hard sometimes for us to measure the benefit of taking steps to look after our health when there are no symptoms that allow us to gauge whether they’re having any effect at all.
There’s an old philosophical question that asks, if a tree falls in the forest and no one is there to see it, does it make a sound? Similarly, if you take vitamins every day and you don’t get sick, did the vitamins work – or were you never going to become ill?
The simple fact is, we can never know if the preventative measures we take around our health actually work. And if we take the vitamins and still become unwell, how do we know that the condition wouldn’t have been more serious?
But there’s a huge amount of evidence that suggests taking steps to safeguard your health has a definite benefit – and I think the same is true of acupuncture.
Acupuncture is a whole-body treatment that identifies the blockages that disrupt our natural energy flow – or Qi. Through the insertion of special superfine needles, acupuncture painlessly restores that natural balance, restoring order and good health.
Mostly we see patients who come to us when there’s a specific health issue that needs to be resolved – back, neck or shoulder pain, headaches, women’s health issues, anxiety, stress, musculoskeletal disorders and hay fever are all very common conditions that we see here at The Acupuncturists.
While we’re very proud of our track-record of successful treatments as an award-winning London acupuncture clinic, we can also offer tremendous benefit to patients who come to us before they experience the symptoms they’re concerned about.
We all know our bodies pretty well. We may know we’re prone to back pain in cold weather, or we suffer with hay fever every May. Perhaps we get migraines or headaches in certain circumstances.
By opting to have acupuncture treatment early, we can help you to mitigate your risk of those conditions and manage your health in a structured way because we can nip problems in the bud, getting ahead of the curve before they bloom into more advanced or chronic issues.
Acupuncture is certainly effective in treating specific issues that have already presented themselves, but it’s not a one-stop-cure that lasts forever and we’d always recommend our patients – particularly those with recurring health conditions – consider regular acupuncture as a way of keeping on top of potential problems.
As an additional part of your regular prevention routine, acupuncture can be a significant and positive contributor to your ongoing good health.
Acupuncture is an amazing, time-tested option for people who want to make informed and open choices about their treatment. If you’d like to find out more about its benefits and have more of your questions answered, why not get in touch? We’d love to hear from you.
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