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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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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Fibromyalgia

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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A pain in the neck (and shoulder, back, arm, wrist)

pain relief

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.

What a great idea!

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what to expect

what to expect from acupuncture treatment

I am a ‘trauma-informed’ acupuncturist, which means that I understand that our emotions, traumas (big and little), past illnesses and current and past life experiences all contribute to our health. Prior to your first appointment I’ll get you to complete a short health history form so I can get started on joining up the dots with your current symptoms and past experiences.

Then, during the first appointment I will ask lots of questions to make a complete diagnosis of your main complaint and to get an overall picture of your health. I will then take a look at your tongue and feel your pulses and carry out an examination of any external physical complaints.

Follow-up sessions will involve a discussion of your progress along with the appropriate treatment for that time.

How many treatments will you need

This is dependent on a number of factors. You will feel a difference after your first acupuncture treatment and after each treatment, but to see a permanent shift in your health you will need to complete a course of treatment.

As a general rule, for basic acute conditions you should see a significant improvement after 4-6 treatments.

For chronic and more complex cases you should see a significant improvement after 10-12 treatments.

For acute cases I see the best results when patients come in twice a week for the first 1-2 weeks, then weekly for the remainder of the treatment plan. For chronic conditions once a week works best.

After you have completed a course of treatment you will need to return for a follow-up monthly tune-up to prevent symptoms returning. Lots of people do this even though they feel generally well as they know that regular acupuncture keeps them well and prevents illness.

Remember some acupuncture is better than no acupuncture so even if you can’t come as often as you’d like still give it a go. However you may find that treatment is not effective or that your symptoms take a lot longer to improve if you do not come as often as outlined above.

What does it feel like

The needles used are extremely fine and treatment should not be painful. The needling sensation is often described as a dull ache, warmth or a tingling sensation. In general patients report feeling very relaxed during and after treatment.

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Transform Your Health

Katy Bradshaw Acupuncture - flourish and thrive

My name is Katy Bradshaw and I am a trauma-informed acupuncturist, breathwork coach and wellness expert. I help freedom seekers transform their health so that they can flourish and thrive.

I see you facilitating everybody else’s well-being but not your own. Setting everyone else up for success but finding that your health is paying the price. You probably feel over-worked, over-stretched and under-valued and it’s got to stop.

Our bodies are so often seen as problematic but what if I told you that your body is not the problem?

Maybe you don’t feel good right now because too much is expected of you…

Afterall, we are conditioned from a young age to put other people’s needs before our own and that having needs at all is selfish.

Well, I want to rewrite that narrative.

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.

Are you ready to do the work?

I use my three-step method to listen in to what’s going on for you, clear out what’s not needed and to build you up so that you can create a whole new health eco-system for yourself. Where you are in charge of your own health and you become your own healthcare expert.

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 use my extensive experience and draw on many different tools to help people enact this courageous change. It takes patience, compassion and a different way of thinking but it’s worth making the investment.

YOU are worth the investment.

We all deserve to flourish and thrive.

If you would like to work together 1-2-1 then please contact me for an informal chat about your symptoms or book online.

You will also soon be able to join the waiting list for my 3-month online programme – Flourish and Thrive. Arriving 2023.

Want to get started right away? Then you can download my free eBook ‘Master your habits to Transform your health’

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What people are saying:

 

"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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