Claire will be leaving us at the end of June, if you are a Physiotherapist please contact us.
As well as general acupuncture, Clare has completed a Facial Enhancement Acupuncture (FEA) course, and is a member of Cosmetic Acupuncture UK (CAUK), a specialist practitioner network of only a few hundred members who have completed the facial enhance masterclass. Clare completed this training upon the request of an existing patient, who was very successfully treated with acupuncture for severe joint pain and who is now a regular for facial acupuncture as well!
Acupuncture is the insertion of fine needles at specific points within the body to stimulate healing. It is a characteristic component of traditional Chinese medicine (TCM). According to TCM, stimulating specific acupuncture points corrects imbalances in the flow of qi through the body. The qi flows through channels called meridians, along which acupuncture points are found. Acupuncture has been practised in the East for over 2000 years, and is gaining popularity in the Western medical world.
Western acupuncture focuses predominantly on pain relief. There have been a number of studies that show acupuncture is an effective form of pain relief, for both acute and chronic pain.
The main method of action for this is by release of endorphins, the body’s own pain killer. There have also been studies performed to show acupuncture has a direct impact on the activation within the brain, and therefore pain modulation.
Clare has practised Western acupuncture since 2006, as part of her physiotherapy work. As a consequence of seeing the huge benefits acupuncture has to offer, Clare is now practising traditional Chinese acupuncture, with a view to joining the Association of Traditional Chinese Medicine (ATCM).
Clare is also qualified to practise facial enhancement (or cosmetic) acupuncture. This treatment will concentrate on points and muscles of the face, in order to improve elasticity of your skin and general overall appearance. Although it may be considered a modern treatment, it has been in use since at least the Song Dynasty (960AD-1279AD).
Clients who have received this treatment often report that they feel healthier, sleep better, have brighter eyes and feel more balanced. This treatment works on lifting the face, mainly around the chin (or jowls) and the cheeks, as well as targeting wrinkles. Clare is a full member of Cosmetic Acupuncture UK (CAUK), which means she has had specialist training in this field of acupuncture.