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Stretch into Spring

As we gain momentum with spring we can get a little over enthusiastic. Most acupuncture clinics and indeed osteopath surgeries receive requests for help with back aches, arthritic aches and general structural aches and pains. Many of us approach the lighter evenings and sunnier days with gusto, forgetting that we have had little strenuous exercise over the winter months. Our advice for the season would be to start gardening slowly building up over several weeks. The best approach is to stretch before you dig, mow and sow. 1. Get on all fours and stretch like a dog or cat. 2. Hold one arm out in front of you and use the other to stretch it over your chest. 3. Stand facing a wall, put both palms against it, gradually walk your fingers up the wall until you feel like you are stretching as far a possible without causing any pain. If any of this is uncomfortable, do not do it. The idea is to stretch before you garden in order to avoid injury, only stretch as far as you are able to without causing yourself pain.

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The Aches and Pains of Spring

As spring starts, the sap is starting to rise and we enter a movement from a yin (inward) time of year to the rising action of yang. To get an appreciation of this, think of the seed in the soil lying dormant over winter. It is still and waiting for the changes of spring before it starts it's strenuous journey of growth, imagine the enormous energetic push the seed will need to burst forth with life, pushing apart soil and debris in the search for light. This energetic change could be said to happen to us around this time as we shake off of relative inertia of winter. Spring is a great time for starting afresh with new ideas and themes for our lives. Many of us with gardens will start to work the soil and start planning our planting for the summer. 

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Acupuncture for Arthritis, Back Pain and Sciatica

These are some of the most common reasons for people seeking acupuncture and with good reason. Acupuncture offers a pain free and relaxing way to get better and to reduce pain. Acupuncture has been shown to increase our own pain relief hormones, there are studies using MRI scans which show different areas of the brain are being stimulated while acupuncture needles are applied. If your injury is chronic, like arthritis, it will not go away as the damage to the bones is permanent. However acupuncture can improve mobility, remove swelling and relieve contraction, all of this without any side effects. I expect to see improvement very quickly, usually within 2 to 3 treatments.  

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I personally will always attribute Julia's treatment to be the predominant factor in my extended period of remission from Crohn's disease. Julia is both a trusted friend and therapist and I would highly recommend her to anyone seeking an alternative therapy.

Haley Creasey

My aches and pains in ankles, knees, hips and lower back disappear and my energy levels are given a very good boost too! It is 45 minutes or so of relaxation in a busy schedule. She keeps up to date with modern acupuncture techniques and has recently returned from a trip to China to experience these new techniques first hand. I cannot recommend Julia highly enough

Christopher Spencer

I consider myself very fortunate to have found Julia's Acupuncture Practice 2 years ago, when I decided to try acupuncture for back problems. After a few treatments the problems were solved. Since I have every confidence in Julia's ability, each treatment is a very relaxing and worthwhile experience.

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