The Whitfield Clinic: Combining Holitsic Heath with Conventional Medicine For All
HOW ACUPUNCTURE CAN HELP YOU
The Whitfield Clinic is founded on the principle of offer you holistic healing alongside your conventional medical treatment. We offer treatments for everyone - babies, children and adults.
After the initial consultation, we offer our patients a prescriptive course of acupuncture treatment focused on the acupuncture points that will most likely offer relief, tailored to your individual needs in a relaxing setting. This can be anything from baby colic, back ache to fertility issues.
Read more about the acupuncture provided at The Whitfield Clinic below and please get in touch today to find out more and if we can help you.
WHAT CAN MEDICAL ACUPUNCTURE HELP?
Western medical acupuncture can help a variety of conditions and issues in people of all ages.
It is particularly effective musculoskeletal pain (muscle aches, pains and strains) such as back ache or injury, or pain that can be triggered by tension or strains such as headaches.
Head to toe, acupuncture has helped alleviate many symptoms from skin conditions, arthritis, fertility issues, nausea, palliative care, to abdominal conditions.
It is not just physical pain conditions though which acupuncture can also very effective in anxiety and stress reduction and for problems that we don't always know a cause for like baby colic...
Below is a list of instances and conditions where medical acupuncture has been used to some benefit:
Musculoskeletal conditions such as back pain, neck ache, arthritis, joint pain, fibromylagia, plantar fasciitis, pain from hypermobility or injury/strain particular those that create myofascial trigger points and tender points.
For headaches and migraines, particularly if there are areas of tensions or myofascial trigger points.
Abdominal problems such as pain from inflammatory bowel disease, IBS, recurrent abdominal pain syndrome, gynaecological pain such as painful periods.
Fertility issues and alongside/before starting fertility treatment such as IVF. It can also help with other gynaecological issues such as menopausal symptoms like hot flushes.
Pregnancy issues such as morning sickness, SPD, Back ache, headaches, sleep problems, and for general relaxation.
For stress relief, relaxation, anxiety and depression. Because of its relation benefits it can also aid sleep. It can also help alongside your own willpower in smoking caseation.
As part of palliative care, for symptoms such as nausea from chemotherpay, pain from treatment, dyspnoea (shortness of breath), relaxation and pain from the disease itself.
By placing needles around skin lesions such as psoriasis plaques or eczema the skin lesions can be reduced.
Acupuncture can help with the symptoms of hayfever and allergic rhinitis.
In children, many of the above effects apply but in particular children may benefit for anxiety relief or stress relief before exams or an event or for ongoing anxiety issues. It can help in headaches, abdominal pain and backache where children may not be helped by medication or would prefer not to take strong medication. It has been shown to have effect on babies with colic.
If you would like to find out if acupuncture may help you, then please email the clinic.
WHAT IS ACUPUNCTURE LIKE FOR BABIES & CHILDREN?
Babies and children will get the same in depth history taking on initial consultation as adults but their treatment will differ from here.
Children are often 'strong responders' and will need only minimal acupuncture stimulation (few points needled) and the`use extremely fine needles. For babies this may mean only having 1-2 acupuncture points needing to be gently simulated for a very short amount of time for the same effect as you would gain on an adult.
What if my child is anxious about having acupuncture?
Children may feel anxious about having acupuncture but they needn't be and often can surprise us in their grown up attitude towards it. They can be reassured that the needles are very fine and small (about the size of a hair) and give a different sensation called 'Di-qi' that feels a bit strange. Everyone feels this sensation slightly differently and it has been described as achy and dull or like a twinge. It is not like having an injection, having your blood taken or even getting a catch scratch as the needles are far smaller and fine.
Babies can be offered very effective distraction techniques whilst the are having treatment with sensory toys or even just their caregiver as the distraction.
For older children, reassurance, explanation and ownership over the of the decision to have acupuncture are vital in engagement and to be offered treatment. Acupuncture cannot be engaged with against a child's will and should be a positive experience for them. It can often be helpful to have a positive attitude about acupuncture in the family and the caregiver may also be asked to have some acupuncture in front if the child to help reduce any treatment anxiety and normalise it.
Treatment will be guided by the child's response as it would in an adult, so if they feel the sensation is too strong or wish to stop, then the sessions will be guided by that. As previously mentioned, as they are likely to be strong responder sometimes they only need minimal stimulation (time with the small fine needles), sometimes only seconds and only in a few key acupuncture points for it to be very effective.
What are the effects of acupuncture in children?
Similar to adults, after the session, the symptoms being treated can get better straight away. They may have a temporary relief before going back to as before or just a bit better than before. They may also get temporary exacerbation of symptoms before they get better or may have no change in symptoms. It is hard to tell before treatment starts how they will respond but a fair amount of people get a positive response even if it is from a general sense of wellbeing afterwards.
Children will likely gain the same benefits as adults from acupuncture, so not only treatment of the primary condition but also a sense of relaxation, or conversely renewed energy and wellbeing. They can feel tired and sleepy afterwards.
WHAT IS WESTERN MEDICAL ACUPUNCTURE?
What is Western Medical Acupuncture & how does it differ from traditional acupuncture?
Western Medical Acupuncture is an adaptation of Chinese Acupuncture, however it's delivered from dual trained health professionals such as doctors, nurses or allied health professionals, using knowledge from evidence based medicine alongside the theories of traditional acupuncture.
Medical acupuncture also differs from traditional Chinese acupuncture as it focuses on the management of a condition and its troubling symptoms rather than the diagnosing the condition. It is used for people who already know their diagnosis so the acupuncture sessions can then focus on the treatment of their symptoms.
What does acupuncture feel like and what are it's effects?
Acupuncture uses fine needles to gentle stimulate acupuncture points. These needles are as fine as a hair and produce an odd sensation known as 'Di-Qi' which is like a heaviness, acheyiness or a funny twinge. It is not fully understood how acupuncture works to help alleviate symptoms.
Symptoms can respond in a few ways after the treatment session after the session. A proportion will feel an effect straight away with symptoms relief to varying degrees or there may have a temporary relief from symptoms before going back to as before or just a bit better than before. There may also be a temporary exacerbation of symptoms before they get better or may have no change in symptoms. It is hard to tell before treatment starts how they will respond but a fair amount of people get a positive response even if it is from a general sense of wellbeing afterwards.
It is not only the primary condition that may get beneficial effects from acupuncture but there are general effects such as also a sense of relaxation, or renewed energy and wellbeing. People can also feel so relaxed that they can feel tired and sleepy afterwards. It is recommended that you go home to relax after treatment and try to avoid anything strenuous or driving if you feel particularly affected by tiredness after a session.
How does Kerry work?
Using these principles, Kerry is able to offer a focused prescriptive course of treatment combining her knowledge of traditional medicine and medical acupuncture for the whole family. The sessions will typically last from 30 minutes to an hour with longer sessions for the initial consultation and shorter sessions for children.
Currently sessions are only offered in the relaxing setting of The Whitfield Clinic in Angmering on Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and some Saturday mornings. However there is some flexibility for evening sessions depending on Kerry's availibilty.
If you feel you would benefit from a course of acupuncture by Kerry please contact below or book online above.