Posted on November 9, 2018
There are around four million acupuncture treatments per year in the UK, of which around half are delivered by members of the British Acupuncture Council. Musculoskeletal pain is the most common condition that patients present with, but traditional acupuncturists see people with a wide range of conditions; mental ill health and infertility are the next most prevalent (Hopton 2012): https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22240649
The best place to look at the evidence for acupuncture is at Evidence Based Acupuncture. I cannot rate this work highly enough.
You can also find out more via the British Acupuncture Council, who provide a series of fact sheets on a wide range of conditions and include summaries of research and how acupuncture may be beneficial.
Measuring the efficacy of acupuncture from a Western point of view isn’t without its complications.
Chinese medicine is practised and understood in its own terms. Whilst Western science is based on facts and measurements, the classical Chinese worldview looks more at patterns and qualities; it is more about human sensory experience (Kaz Wegmuller 2015).
Acupuncture trials are usually carried out comparing real acupuncture vs sham (needles placed into non-points), but this shows little understanding of how acupuncture actually works and more often than not leads to less accurate outcomes. More work needs to be done on comparing acupuncture outcomes with other modalities of treatment.
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Posted on June 6, 2018
I was idly scanning the internet this weekend looking for some stats of people suffering with pain in the UK (um… nearly half of the population!) and stumbled across some great videos posted by British Gypsom. They’ve worked with a physio to create a series of exercises designed to help plasterers ease the various aches and pains they suffer with as a result of their jobs. That’s necks, shoulders, elbows, wrists, forearms and lower backs.
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Posted on February 27, 2014
I say let’s befriend our bodies. Let’s prioritise our needs so we can say yes to what matters so that we can feel good in our skin. Let’s transform our health so that we can flourish and thrive.
My name is Katy Bradshaw and I am a trauma-infomed acupuncturist. I help people to transform their health so that they can flourish and thrive.
I create a safe space for you to pause, listen and reflect so that you can tune in to what your body is telling you. We will have the unique conversations that you won’t be having anywhere else, where you will gain new insights into what’s really going on.
I will listen in to what’s going on for you, help to clear out what’s stuck, and strengthen and support your whole system so you can really begin to thrive.
I use my extensive experience and draw on many different tools to help you enact this courageous change. It takes patience, compassion and a different way of thinking but it’s worth the investment.
"I first started to see Katy in 2020 when we were trying for a baby. Being slightly older brings a level of anxiety and emotions and Katy was fantastic at calming and reassuring me throughout. I’m so pleased to say our new baby was born recently and we can’t thank Katy enough for all the support and help she gave to us. Thank you for everything" EO
I went to Katy for help with severe symptoms of peri-menopause. She really listened to everything that's going on. The best thing has been that after each session my sleep is much better, and anxiety is reduced, but it's also helped with my joint pain and made me feel generally more able to cope with everything that's going on. I do this in conjunction with HRT - definitely not mutually exclusive. I find Katy very professional and supportive and highly recommend her.
"It a pleasure to write a review for Katy as she is a very caring person. Katy has given me so much help both pre & post surgery which was a massive support physically & mentally and I am pleased to recommend her." CB
"Katy offers a wonderful acupuncture service. I felt very well supported and reassured during my pregnancy and received regular treatments throughout. It particularly helped with numerous symptoms I was experiencing e.g. nausea, indigestion, and UTI symptoms. I Would highly recommend her to anyone." PT
"I started having acupuncture sessions with Katy to try to manage my endometriosis symptoms & to help with fertility. When I first started seeing Katy my cycle was on average 43 days long and I had been trying for a baby for around 9 months. A few months of weekly acupuncture treatments brought my cycle to a healthy 28 days & was helping to manage my endo pain so I was not needing to take as many pain killers. To my amazement I fell pregnant after around 6 months of treatment & now have a baby boy. I truly believe this may not have happened without acupuncture and I am so grateful to Katy for this. I still see Katy now to help to manage endometriosis & would recommend anyone with endo and anyone struggling to conceive to see her. She is amazing at what she does & so lovely!" AL
"I went to Katy for help with severe symptoms of peri-menopause. She really listened to everything that's going on. The best thing has been that after each session my sleep is much better, and anxiety is reduced, but it's also helped with my joint pain and made me feel generally more able to cope with everything that's going on. I do this in conjunction with HRT - definitely not mutually exclusive. I find Katy very professional and supportive and highly recommend her." JW
“Throughout our three courses of IVF Katy was an incredible support. She tailored our treatment according to our needs and we reaped the benefits; emotionally and physically. We are pleased to say we are now expecting our first baby and we can’t thank Katy enough for all the support she’s given us both. Fertility treatment is a roller coaster but Katy’s been with us every step of the way. She’s wonderfully caring, calming and reassuring and I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend her to others” CF & JF
“Katy was vital in keeping my morning sickness at bay when I was pregnant. I loved the fact that the treatments incorporated plenty of time to talk about how I was feeling, both physically and emotionally, as this allowed Katy to tailor what she was doing to meet those specific needs. I always left a treatment feeling much more relaxed and the use of acupuncture seemed to have a tangible impact on my nausea” SL
“I have crippling pain from severe arthritis in my hip which makes life with two small children difficult and distressing. Katy brought me so much pain relief and released my limbs so much the first time she ‘pinned me’ that I burst out crying. She keeps me moving and smiling. She is magic. And lovely” JH
“Katy’s extensive experience is clear as soon as you meet her. However, it is Katy’s compassion and intuition that make her such an exceptional practitioner. Katy put me at ease from the very first session, taking time to listen and explain why symptoms or emotions are happening. Her clinic room is quiet, cosy and super clean. I really look forward to my sessions as I know that I will leave feeling peaceful and balanced. Thank you Katy for being so fantastic and for having such a positive impact on my health and wellbeing” RK
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