Acupuncture is well known as a treatment for musculo-skeletal issues such as muscle tension and joint problems. In fact, The National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence guidelines recommend it as a treatment for lower back pain and tension type headaches. Through controlled trials, the World Health Organisation has concluded acupuncture to be effective in treating a large number of conditions including Neck Pain, Lower Back Pain, Knee Pain, Sciatica and more. Acupuncture treatment aims to reduce pain by stimulating blood circulation to the area and relaxing muscle spasm in order to restore mobility.
In general, acupuncture is believed to stimulate the nervous system and cause the release of neurochemical messenger molecules. The resulting biochemical changes influence the body's homeostatic mechanisms, thus promoting physical and emotional well-being. Stimulation of certain acupuncture points has been shown to affect areas of the brain that are known to reduce sensitivity to pain and stress, as well as promoting relaxation thereby promoting healing.
For more details of specific research on chronic pain conditions see The British Acupuncture Council website factsheets:
Acupuncture and Back Pain; Acupuncture and Endometriosis; Acupuncture and Frozen Shoulder; Acupuncture and IBS; Acupuncture and GI Tract; Acupuncture and Migraine; Acupuncture and Headache; Acupuncture and Sciatica; Acupuncture and Fibromyalgia; Acupuncture and Osteoarthritis; Acupuncture and Rheumatoid Arthritis; Acupuncture and Dysmenorrhoea; Acupuncture and Neck Pain. There is also evidence from randomised controlled trials and systematic reviews that suggests acupuncture may reduce chronic pain in myofascial syndrome, chronic shoulder problems, chronic prostatitis/chronic pelvic pain syndrome and tennis elbow.
Michelle is an experienced, highly qualified traditional acupuncturist and a fully registered member of the British Acupuncture Council. She offers a top quality one-to-one acupuncture service tailored to an individual's needs.
She operates from a complementary health clinic in Guildford town centre and treats privately in a relaxing environment at a peaceful clinic on the outskirts of Guildford in Surrey. She also does mobile work as needed. Both clinics are easily accessible within Guildford itself and from the surrounding areas of Surrey including Cranleigh, Godalming, Farnham, Woking and Farnborough.
If you have any questions or would like to discuss anything about acupuncture before making an appointment, please feel free to contact me on 07775 122754 or email me at
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