Dr Maggie Ju Acupuncture Kensington, Chelsea, Harley street

Acupuncture services in Richmond for

pain relief

fertility and miscarriages

facial rejuvenation

stress and anxiety relief

insomnia

fatigue

acne

eczema

pregnancy acupuncture

others

 

For an appointment in Richmond,

please call 07944930253 or email <maggieacupuncture@gmail.com>

Practice address in Richmond Upon Times London

(Tuesday mornings, Wednesday afternoons and evenings)

The practice room

1 Union Court, Sheen Road

Richmond Upon Thames, London, TW9 1AA

in the heart of Richmond town center

Just across the road from Waitrose Richmond

5 min walk from Richmond station

 

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Expertise:

Dr Maggie Ju Acupuncture specialise in headaches and neck pain relief. Her pain relief acupuncture releases your headaches and neck pain effectively. 

The most common type of headaches is tension headache. 

Recent research has suggested that acupuncture is effective for tension-type headache

A tension headache is the most common type of primary headache accounting for about 90% of all headaches. The pain is bilateral and the head is like being squeezed. A tension headache can be episodic or chronic.

Acupuncture is used to treat tension-type headache and many people who used this treatment have benefit from it. Also there are research evidences showing the effectiveness of acupuncture for tension type headaches.

Recently research from Germany has shown the updated data. In this review, at least eight weeks of observation period is required and twelve trials are included. There were 2349 participants. In two large high quality trials with 1265 and 207 participants, acupuncture was compared with routine care or treatment of acute headaches. Results have shown that the proportion of participants experiencing at least 50% reduction of headache frequency was much higher in groups receiving acupuncture than in control groups. In seven good quality trials acupuncture group had high reduction of headache frequency compared with sham acupuncture.  Withdrawals were low: 1 of 420 participants receiving acupuncture dropped out due to adverse effects.The conclusion from the data suggested that acupuncture is effective for treating frequent episodic or chronic tension-type headaches.

More recently Granato et al analysed the current data about the effectiveness of acupuncture on tension-type headache. There were 11 trials involved in 2317 patients. Two trials compared acupuncture wit routine care only or treatment of acute headache only with a 3 month follow-up. Both studies measured responder rate, headache frequency, pain intensity and pain killer intake. They suggested that effect of acupuncture was better controls. There were five trials compared effect of acupuncture with that of sham acupuncture. Four trials had 6 month follow-up and one trial had 12 months follow-up. Numbers of headache days were significantly decreased in acupuncture group. Headache intensity and frequency of taking pain killers was significantly reduced in acupuncture group compared with sham acupuncture group. Three of the four trials compared the effect of acupuncture with physiotherapy, relaxation. Their conclusion is that there was short term benefit by adding acupuncture to routine care and acupuncture could be a nonpharmacological tool for treating patients with tension-type headache.

Schieapparelli P et al also support the effectiveness of acupuncture in treating primary headache particular tension-type headache and migraine. They suggested that acupuncture is an effective and valuable option for patients suffering from frequent tension-type headache and migraine; also acupuncture is cost-effective treatment.

Hao XA et al analysed five high quality trials. They found that the electro-acupuncture might bemore efficacious; needle retention with 30 minutes was better than no needle retention; twice a week treatment was better than once a week treatment. They suggested that acupuncture stimulation mode, needle retention and treatment frequency could be important factors contributing to the outcome of acupuncture for tension-type headache.

Acupuncture is effective for the treatment and also prevention of tension-type headache and migraine

Recently a study summarizes the current evidence that evaluates the effectiveness of acupuncture for the treatment or prevention of tension-type headache, migraine and chronic headache disorders. It demonstrate that acupuncture is associated with improved clinical outcomes compared to routine care only, medical management, and sham acupuncture 2 months after randomization. Cost effectiveness analyses conducted in the United Kingdom and Germany suggested that acupuncture is a cost-effective treatment option in those countries.

References

Linde K et al Cochrane Database Syst Rev 2016 Apr 19;4:CD007587. [Epub ahead of print]

Granato A et al Neuroepidemiology (2010) 35:160-2

Schiapparelli P et al Neurol Sci (2011) 32 Suppl 1:S15-8

Hao XA et al J Alterm Complement Med (2012)

Coeytaux RR & Befus D (2016) 56:1238-40

Acupuncture reduces migraine effectively

A WHO survey showed that migraine was ranked as the seventh highest cause of disability in the world, accounting for 2.9% of all years of life lost to disability. But the pain management is still challenging due to ineffectiveness of medication and side effects of drugs. People turn to complementary and alternative methods to help.

Recent research studied the effectiveness of acupuncture for migraine. In this study 91 patients aged from 18-70 with a history of migraine for at least 12 months and a mimimum 4 days migraine per 4 weeks attending the neurology outpatient clinic at the University Hospital Hradec Kralove.

The result has shown that after 12 weeks of acupuncture treatments and 6 months follow-up the number of migraine days was reduced significantly more compared with control group. The number of responders to the treatment was also greater in acupuncture group. The intake of medication was reduced significantly in acupuncture group at the end of the treatment and 6 month follow-up.

Neck pain, acupuncture can help.

Acute neck pain is a sudden-onset pain in the neck. It is often due to neck muscles strain and muscle spasm. This can be caused by poor posture, sleep in an awkward position, carrying heavy loads, stay in one position for a prolonged period of time etc. One might not find exactly causes. The pain is sudden and can be very severe. This makes the person with the pain panicking. Movement of the neck is restricted because of the pain. Acupuncture can help release the pain and speed up the recovery.

One of the muscles to cause headache and neck pain is trapezius. This is a broad triangular muscle at neck and upper back, one of the largest superficial muscles at the back. It attaches to the base of the skull and extends down to the neck, the upper back until midback; laterally it inserts to the shoulder blades.

Tight neck and shoulders associated with aching and discomfort in the related area is very common. The muscles can become tender, and movement is limited. Tight muscles are often chronic and need to be treated. Tight muscles block blood circulation of the body and muscles don’t get enough nutrition and become weak and easily get further damage. Because of blocked energy supply, you will feel tired all the time. Poor posture is a common cause of tight neck and shoulders. This causes overuse some groups of muscles and causes micro injury to the muscles which become tight to protect themselves from further injury. Furthermore, the tight neck and shoulders  pain will make poor posture worse. It becomes a viscous circle. This needs to be treated, otherwise tight neck and shoulders pain would not resolve itself. Acupuncture is very effective to release the muscle tension, reduce the tightness and pain, correct poor posture, and improve blood circulation.