Traditional Chinese Medicine
Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) is a holistic therapy based on ancient Chinese principles of balance between the Yin and Yang and Five Elements. The aim of TCM is to assist the body’s natural ability to heal itself and help regain / maintain a state of equilibrium.
TCM at Wandsworth Physiotherapy and Osteopathy is carried out using acupuncture. Acupuncture is the use of fine sterilised needles which are inserted into specific acupuncture points located along meridians.
Acupuncture works by enhancing the Qi flowing through the meridians in order to help them perform at their maximum potential.
There is a growing evidence based on the benefits of acupuncture for a variety of health conditions. Acupuncture can be beneficial to use for the following conditions:
- IBS and other digestive disorders
- Skin problems such as allergy and atopy
- Headaches and migraines
- Back pain and muscle stiffness
- Menstruation problems
- Anxiety and depression
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At Wandsworth Physiotherapy & Osteopathy we're focused on getting you out of pain and back to what you love doing, from simply sitting comfortably to playing with your kids, getting back into the gym or being able to run 5k again, our expert Physiotherapists, Podiatrists & Osteopaths are here to help!
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How long is a treatment?
An initial assessment will last approximately 1 hour. During this time an extensive consultation will take place where the main problem, past medical history and a treatment plan, including how many sessions you require, will be discussed. The discussion will be followed by a treatment session using acupuncture.
Follow-up treatment sessions also last 60 minutes. Progress will be monitored, and treatment will take place respectively.
How many sessions will be required?
A course of treatment is usually determined by the nature and severity of the condition being treated. Many factors such as frequency of treatment sessions, response to treatment and general lifestyle choices can affect how long a course of acupuncture treatment will last. We will endeavour to give you a realistic assessment of how many treatments you may need to see improvements in your health condition during the initial consultation.
What can I expect to feel?
During the treatment session you may feel a scratch as the needle is inserted into the acupuncture point and then you may feel a heavy, tingling or dull ache sensation. Some areas of the body may feel more sensitive to the needles compared to others but this is common.
After the session it is also common to feel drowsy as the body needs time to adjust to changes brought about by the treatment session. It can take a few sessions before any improvements are felt.
What are Meridians?
According to the TCM philosophy, each meridian represents an organ and its function. Meridians are not defined by the organs structure or location, therefore both meridians and their corresponding acupuncture points are located around the body. Each meridian has an associated function, for example the lung meridian is linked closely to the respiratory system. Acupuncture works by enhancing the Qi of the meridians so that it is able to carry out its function with maximum efficiency, thereby attempting to resolve associated symptoms.
What is Qi?
In TCM there is great emphasis on the term Qi. It is a concept which lies at the heart of TCM and can loosely be translated as energy or life-force. There are many different forms of Qi, which range from what we inherit as our basic genetic constitution, to what we consume through our nutritional intake. The function of Qi is to flow freely throughout the body. An imbalance can affect this flow, causing blockages in meridians and leading to dysfunction. TCM can help regulate the flow of Qi to an optimal level.
What is Yin and Yang and the Five Elements?
Yin and Yang are a harmonious transitioning balance of opposites which correspond to the naturally occurring phenomena within the universe. The nature of Yin and Yang include but are not limited to: dark/light, hot/cold, activity/rest, fire/water, hyperactivity/hypoactivity. When disturbed, these naturally occurring balances cause disharmony and manifest as different signs and symptoms.
The Five Elements; Wood, Fire, Earth, Metal and Water are thought to represent different qualities within humans. The cyclical inter-relationship between the elements allows each element to interact and influence another in harmony. An imbalance of the Five Elements affects the flow of Qi and causes various associated signs and symptoms.
What can I expect to feel?
TCM is not an alternative to western medicine. We strongly advise everyone seeking treatment to continue taking their prescribed medicines as advised by their doctors and to inform their acupuncturist about their medical history/conditions.
Brilliant all round experience. After sustaining a marathon injury during training Wandsworth Physiotherapy managed to fit me in the next day and was back up and running within 2 weeks after three 30 minute sessions. Gave me exercises to go away and do in my own time too so felt like I was making the most of their and my time too.
These guys are fantastic! Really quick to reply and they found me an appointment on the same day. I've since had regular treatments with Alessio who is excellent, and my torn IT band, shoulder and other ailments are much improved. Brilliant for both sports injuries and wellness.
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Steve was excellent. Long term/complex shoulder injury treated over a number of sessions - patient, curious and methodical. Great treatments and programme of exercises and I'm back to pain free swimming.
~ Nick Outlaw
I've been several times for several different problems and Steve has always been excellent. He listens really carefully and asks good questions to find out exactly what's wrong, and is very clear with follow-up exercises to continue the therapy at home. Highly recommend him!
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