Acupuncture Top Tips

Acupuncture Top Tips - Katy Bradshaw

Before booking in for your first acupuncture treatment here are a few ‘acupuncture top tips’ to ensure you get the most out of the experience….

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Living with chronic illness

Katy Bradshaw Acupuncture - living with chronic illness

In many of our minds when we think of chronic illness we think of the serious stuff – cancer, diabetes, heart disease. But what about all the little niggly stuff?

The little bits of pain you just put up with. The bodily functions that don’t quite function. The low mood that doesn’t stop you from getting stuff done but hangs around in the background.

When I ask: ‘how much pain have you been in this week?’ and you answer ‘oh just the normal amount’.
The normal amount? No pain is normal.

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Let’s trust women’s bodies to give birth

I trust women’s bodies to give birth.

Katy Bradshaw - I trust women's bodies

I see lots of women in the last few weeks of their pregnancy to prepare for birth.
I also see lots of women who have passed their estimated due date and want to encourage the baby along.

With both my children I went past my estimated due date by some time, and I remember the pressures well.

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Are acupuncture mats any good?

Are acupuncture mats any good?
Katy Bradshaw Acupuncture - acupuncture mat

You’ve probably seen these acupuncture mats online or perhaps you’ve even bought one and it’s currently lying under your bed gathering dust!

I’ve been asked by many of my patients if they’re worth buying, so I thought I’d share my experiences here so you can decide if it’s something that might be right for you….

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Katy Bradshaw Acupuncture - Fibromyalgia

Fibromyalgia is a pain condition that mostly affects women. It involves muscle pain and tenderness in multiple joints or areas of the body. The pain can be hard to treat with conventional medicine and is often chronic. It’s also often accompanied by fatigue, poor sleep, poor memory, and changes in mood.

Like all chronic pain conditions, it typically limits people’s ability to do the activities they love. Things like exercising, gardening, chasing after grandkids, and more.

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In the Flo

I’m currently reading ‘In the Flo’ by Alisa Vitti who writes beautifully about the amazing-ness of women’s bodies and how to live in tune with our cycles to find strength and power and most importantly avoid burnout.  I’m just going to go ahead and quote right out of the book here because I’ve certainly never heard our reproductive systems described in this way before:

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how to say no and why it matters that you do

Do you say ‘yes’ to things that you really don’t want to? Are you run ragged but if someone asks a favour you can’t help but volunteer? Are you wishing that other people wouldn’t ask so you didn’t have to shoulder the responsibility of saying no? And are you agree to things only to feel resentful later on? Do you wish you knew how to say no?

Many of us have a hard time saying no.

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