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Acupuncture in Colchester Essex

Our Colchester Osteopath Clinic are excited to welcome a new Acupuncturist to our expanding team

Our Colchester Osteopath Clinic are excited to welcome a new Acupuncturist to our expanding team

Catherine Anley qualified with a 1st Class honours BSc Acupuncture from the University of East London and loves the scope of Acupuncture from a traditional Chinese Medicine angle, which looks at treating the whole person rather than just one localised area and can give both physical and mental benefits to the patient.


Origins of acupuncture

The theory and practice of acupuncture is rooted in ancient traditional Chinese medicine and is a form of medical treatment that has been used for thousands of years. Acupuncture is founded on using the body’s own energy, or “qi,” to help re-align, balance, and ultimately heal itself. 


What is acupuncture used for?

Today, acupuncture is used around the world and is endorsed as a viable medical treatment option by the World Health Organization. Acupuncture can be used as a form of treatment for nearly any health concern. Currently, acupuncture is most well-known for its positive effect in helping reduce pain. It is also common therapy for emotional support that is used for conditions such as depression, anxiety or stress reduction. Other common health concerns that people turn to acupuncture for include headaches, insomnia & hormonal imbalances.


What will my treatment be like?

Catherine uses a gentle form of acupuncture. Very small - almost hair-thin needles are inserted in the skin at specific points that help activate the body’s qi, promoting movement of energy and supporting a natural healing process.
During your treatment you will spend some time resting on the table with needles inserted at strategic points. Generally, a series of 6-12 treatments will be required for maximum benefit. Typically, it is best to receive these treatments in succession on a weekly or every-other-week basis.

During a typical consultation, Catherine will spend some time talking to you about what you are coming to be treated for and ask questions about your health in general, sleep, diet & well being, some of which may not seem relevant at the time, but will help to build up a bigger picture of what is going on.


Does it hurt?

Many people don’t even feel the needles being inserted, but then report a dull ache or even a tingling sensation around the needling site, which is all totally normal.


How can I prepare for my treatment?

It is best to wear loose clothing that can be easily adjusted for easier access to acupuncture points. Depending upon the area(s) being addressed you may be partially undressed and covered with a towel(s).   It is recommended that you don’t come in for an acupuncture treatment on an empty stomach.  A light meal or snack within an hour before the treatment is optimal.


How will I feel after my treatment?

The effects of an acupuncture treatment vary considerably from person to person.  Most patients find that relaxation and stress relieving benefits of it last for several days after a single treatment. Some people may feel a little sleepy afterwards, so make sure you take some time to become fully aware if you are planning on driving after your treatment.

Acupuncture has a cumulative effect, and so patients tend to experience greater improvements when they come in for regular visits. 

Are there any side effects?

Acupuncture performed by a trained acupuncturist is quite safe and has very few side effects if any.  The most common side effect would be mild bruising, bleeding or soreness at the site of needle insertion.  


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