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Make 2017 the “Year of You”

How acupuncture can help keep those New Year resolutions alive

As we lurch further into January our shiny New Year resolutions can sometimes, ever so gently, start to creak and unravel.

Emma Eaton runs a busy acupuncture practice from The Treatment Room at The Medicine Garden on a Thursday and in Great Bookham on other weekdays.  Here, she highlights a few ways acupuncture can help keep those New Year resolutions alive:

Sort out those aches and pains

Many resolutions involve increasing fitness, but often in clinic I see that patients are hampered by injuries both acute and chronic, stopping them from getting back to their favoured activities.

There is a whole body of research to support that acupuncture works and an increasing number of people are turning to acupuncture to help musculoskeletal problems – whether it’s back, shoulder, knee or foot related pain.

Relax more, sleep better and reduce anxiety

Many of my patients had a really exhausting 2016 and have resolved to try and reduce stress levels this year, often leading to better sleep.

The great thing about acupuncture is that it aims to prompt the body to do what it knows how to do. Often, after sessions, they find that their general mood, sleep and anxiety levels are improved. One patient always describes feeling like she has been “put back together again” after treatments.

The focus of all treatments is you as an individual, aiming to treat any immediate health problems and understand the underlying root cause.

Have a baby

If your new resolution involves trying for a baby then acupuncture may be able to help.

I treat and support patients (both male and female) at various points of their fertility journey – whether it’s helping them to get in the best shape to conceive or support them through the IVF process. At a recent annual fertility conference in Helsinki, a study found acupuncture can in fact double the success rate of IVF (Zita West, 2016).

Patients also feedback that they enjoy “the safe place” our appointments give them to chat about any challenges they are facing with getting pregnant.

For more information or to chat to Emma further about how acupuncture could help you, call her on 07821 590287 or visit her website.

The Treatment Room offers a wide range of therapies including massage, reflexology, aromatherapy, osteopathy and MLD. Further details of practitioners and how to book can be found here. We also have a host of other Wellbeing activities at The Medicine Garden including Mindfulness Workshops, Yoga, Pilates and Tai Chi.