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Acupuncture What is acupuncture and where did it come from? Acupuncture is an ancient Chinese medical procedure involving insertion and manipulation of needles5. It is one of the most popular complementary therapies in the UK. It is a system of healing that has been practiced for thousands of years6. It is normally used for pain relief but some people have used Acupuncture to cure illnesses8. What is the aim of acupuncture? The aim of acupuncture is to treat people with a wide range of problems7. Mostly used for a persons well-being and for stress relief. Its aim is to manage pain, inflammation and enhance the body's healing capacity. What is acupuncture used for? Here are some examples of what acupuncture is used for: > Common cold > Constipation > Diarrhoea > Bladder problems > High blood pressure > Muscular pains > Nausea > Headache > Migraine > Arthritis > Asthma > Skin conditions > Hay fever > Menstrual disorders > Anxiety > Depression13. Chinese people still use Acupuncture for surgical analgesia in their hospitals today. Acupuncture theory is based on the concept of yin and yang (male and female) and aims to restore the balance of these promoting self healing9. It can be used for treating injuries in sports medicines, relieving childhood illnesses such as asthma and eczema and helping overcome drug addiction. It is said to release blockages in the energy flow to help heal pain. What happens during a session? Usually, during an acupuncture session the practitioner will take a detailed history about the individuals diets and life style13. The practitioner will examine the clients tongue, colour of their face, pulse and the stomach11. Pressure is put on different areas of the body to find out what triggers the pain, anything between four and ten needles are used during a session and are normally left in the body for about 30 minutes even though sometimes they only get left in for a few seconds or minutes. ...read more.


Training needed to become a shiatsu therapist The training requirements require a minimum of 500 hours studying shiatsu, of which 350 must be with a Shiatsu Society Teacher. The remainder may be with someone with the skills to teach the required material. Most schools hold end of year assessments22. After qualifying as a graduate, in order to be eligible to apply to join the Register of Professional Practitioners of the Shiatsu Society, it is a requirement to have been a member of the Society for two consecutive years22. Duly qualified therapists will have the letters MRSS after their name which means 'Member of the Register of the Shiatsu Society17'. If you plan on using complementary medicine please be aware that it is all too easy for people to set themselves up as complementary therapists who in reality have little or no training. It is important, therefore, to ensure that any therapist you go to is a member of a recognised body and it is essential to satisfy yourself as to whether they have had correct training and that their qualifications are genuine24. How much does it cost? A cost for a shiatsu session varies from how long the session you get is. The prices vary from �30 -�60 depending on what therapist you get23. A few cancer centers and hospitals in the UK may offer patients shiatsu treatments free of charge. Ask your nurse or doctor if this is an option where you have your treatment. Alexander's Technique What is Alexander's technique? The Alexander technique is often viewed as a technique of breathing and posture, but this is only a small part of what it really involves. It is, in truth, a method of becoming more aware of ourselves as we go about everyday activities28. It is a way that we can learn how to get rid of harmful tension in our bodies. It is a simple and practical method for improving ease and freedom of movement, balance, support and coordination29. ...read more.


23. http://www.supportline.org.uk/problems/complementaryMedicine.php - this website showed me problems to think of with all complementary therapies. 24. http://masseur.ca/zuimin/ - this was biased as it gave all good points, questions were asked about if there was pain but they said it was completely painless so there was nothing bad to say about this therapy on this page. 25. http://www.shishinshiatsu.com/ - this website showed me what happened during a shiatsu session, it was frequently asked questions and answers. 26. http://www.pacificrimshiatsu.ca/faqs.htm - this website was biased as it gave benefits only. 27. Alexander Technique book by Richard Brennan - this was the whole book about the Alexander's Technique and was unbiased as it gave everything I needed to know about it, all risks and benefits and all advantages and disadvantages. 28. http://www.alexandertechnique.com/at.htm - this website was also biased as it didn't give both sides to the therapy. 29. http://www.uacted.uark.edu/NonCreditStudies/Conferences/alexandertechnique.htm - this website was all about knowing about what training was needed to become a practitionis. 30. http://www.alexandertech.org/misc/faq.html - this website was unbiased and gave all information about problems and conditions that can occur with the therapy but also gave benefits as well. 31. http://www.haelan.co.uk/Clinic-Shiatsu.shtml#conditions 32. http://www.shiatsu-liverpool.co.uk - this website was just an advertisement of shiatsu and had quotes of what people had said about their session, 33. http://www.acupuncturetoday.com/abc/shiatsu.php - this website was biased, had no risks, only benefits, was trying to sell the therapy. 34. http://www.oregonschoolofmassage.com/shiatsu.php - once again this website was biased and only said one side of the therapy, which was the good side. 35. http://www.alexandertechnique.org.uk/headaches. 36. http://helliemulvaney.co.uk/benefits. 37. www.new-health.biz/learnabout/alexander 38. http://www.crystalinks.com/at.html - this website was unbiased and showed all risks and benefits, it also showed reported effects to the therapy and what disadvantages there was. 39. http://www.bbc.co.uk/health/healthy_living/complementary_medicine/therapies_alexander 40. http://www.alexandertrust.org.uk/technique.html -this was biased and only gave some benefits. 41. http://www.surreyacupuncture.co.uk - this was full of FAQ but no questions were asked about risks and side effects. 42. http://www.body-mind.ca/faq.html#special_aft - this website was unbiased, it was full of FAQ once again but this time people asked about the pain and risks and the answers admitted to them and described the sort of risks that were possible. ...read more.

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