Neuro-Muscular Skeletal Health

Acupuncture; Bowen Therapy; Fascia Release; Specialist Massage Therapies

The Well Body Clinics offer a focused body-centred approach to healing & fast pain release for muscle, joint & structural health across the following specialist areas:

Muscular-skeletal & remedial support; neuromuscular and myofascial release; sports performance; acute & chronic pain release; structural support; rehabilitation.

Patients come for treatment with diverse acute & chronic pain presentations through the muscular-skeletal body including whiplash, sports injury, shoulder problems (rotator cuff, impingement or frozen shoulder), lower back, pelvic, knee or ankle pain, joint and pelvic adjustments, or remedial and rehabilitative therapy following injury or trauma.  For acute and chronic pain, The Well Body Pain Clinic (link) offers specialist support and rehabilitation, with outcomes further improved when integrated with remedial, rehabilitation & rebalancing exercises.  

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Pain is not always a signal of tissue, muscular or joint injury, causal trauma or local inflammation.

Pain may also be linked to functional disturbances in the central nervous system.  As such chronic pain can present in more complex ways that are equally debilitating, and may include headaches & migraine, IBS and gut-related pain, rheumatoid and osteoarthritis, ME, fibromyalgia, MS or even as a by-product of stress.  The Well Body Clinics specialise in the natural treatment of global or localised pain.

Acupuncture & Pain Release: The Evidence - How it Works

Acupuncture is recognised as an effective, first line therapy in the treatment of pain.  Its efficacy in pain relief and its use as a treatment across a number of health conditions, is increasingly supported by evidence-based research and clinic trials in the effective treatment of pain.  Equally important, in addition to the growing evidence base, is that the practitioner is well practised & skilled in treating different presentations of pain.  The Well Body Clinics operate on active patient word of mouth advocacy, testimonials, patient review, & positive patient feedback.  At no other time, than in the treatment of pain, is fast, effective treatment & positive outcome more important.

Acupuncture is well known to help back pain, knee pain and arthritis.  It is particularly useful as an adjunct to conventional care, for patients with severe symptoms, and for those wishing to avoid analgesic drugs.  It can help by:

  • Providing pain relief: by stimulating nerves located in muscles and other tissues.  Acupuncture directly influences the brain's pain matrix, releasing endorphins and other neurohumoral factors and changes the processing of pain the brain and spinal cord (Pomeranz 1987; Zhao 2008; MacPherson, 2014).
  • Reduces inflammation: by promoting release of vascular and immuno-modulatory factors (Kim 2008; Kavoussi 2007; Zijilstra 2003).
  • Improving muscle stiffness and joint mobility: by increasing local micro-circulation (Komori 2009) which aids dispersal of swelling and bruising.
  • Reducing the use of medication for back complaints (Thomas 2006).

The National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence guidelines on best practice now recommend a course of 10 sessions of acupuncture as a first line treatment for persistent, non-specific low back back pain *

* National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence clinical guideline 88  Low back pain.

The following health fact sheets and evidence about the effectiveness of acupuncture, is  produced by the British Acupuncture Council, the UK's largest legislative organisation for the practice of acupuncture in the UK, and can be accessed via their website or by clicking the links below.

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