Chronic pain and how Acupuncture can help you

img_0101.pngPersistent (chronic) pain is a widespread problem that affects around 8 million people of all ages in the UK. Chronic pain can have a terrible effect on well being across the board. According to the British Acupuncture Council (BAC), in 22% of cases, chronic pain leads to depression and some 25% of those diagnosed with chronic pain go on to lose their jobs. A shocking fact is that around £3.8 billion a year is spent on incapacity benefit payments to those diagnosed with chronic pain.
Typical chronic pain conditions include: rheumatoid arthritis; osteoarthritis; low back, shoulder and neck pain; headache and migraine and neuropathic pain (e.g. sciatica, trigeminal neuralgia, pain with shingles) to mention just a few conditions. The good news is that if you suffer from chronic pain, Acupuncture may be able to help you. 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 and deactivating the ‘analytical’ brain, which is responsible for anxiety.
If you’ve suffered from chronic pain for long enough, call the Southdown Clinic today on 01582 760 200 to arrange an appointment with our highly qualified Acupuncturist Helen Thomas. Helen works with and has referrals from local GP’s, Osteopaths, Gynaecologists, Midwives and other Complementary Health practitioners. Click here for more information on how Helen may be able to help free you from chronic pain.

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