man with back pain

Back pain and how acupuncture can help you

Back pain is debilitating, it can affect anyone, and a majority of people will suffer from it at some point in their lives. It is also one of the main reasons for work-related absence.

According to NICE (National Institute of Clinical Excellence), back pain affects over a million people in the UK, with 95% of patients suffering from problems affecting the lower back. It is estimated that it costs the NHS and community care services more than £1 billion each year. 

In most cases lower back pain is not caused by anything serious, but is a sprain, muscle strain, minor injury, or a pinched or irritated nerve. It can also occur during pregnancy, because of stress, viral infection or a kidney infection.

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What is Bellabaci 'cupping' massage?

Cupping therapy has been practised all over the world for thousands of years. Originating in ancient Egypt and then spreading through Greece, the Roman empire, it was believed to cure almost every disorder. It forms part of the traditional Chinese school of medicine, working on acupressure points to relieve the stagnation of Qi and blood. The cups were originally made from animal horn and then later glass and worked by the application of heat which creates a vacuum. The cups were then applied to the body, drawing the tissue into the cup.

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the tree balancing pose in yogaHow's your balance?

'Balance is not something you find, it’s something you create.’ Jana Kingsford

Balancing can improve your focus, strength, and help to calm the mind.  Yet as we age our ability to balance is something that can start to decline.  In a yoga class balancing poses can be some of the quietest and most focused moments of the class.  However, unless approached in a certain way, they can also become one of the most frustrating and tense times.   

Here are some hints for better balancing, and ideas to practice at home:

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How to self-manage your back pain

According to the Office for National Statistics, musculoskeletal conditions (such as neck and back pain) were the main cause for working days lost in 2013, leading to 31 million days lost (see here: The ONS). 

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Why the correct footwear can help you stay pain free

In the first of our follow-ups on the 6 top tips to staying happy and healthy, our Clinical Sports & Remedial Massage Therapist (James Barnett) explains why footwear is important and shouldn't be overlooked.

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Call us now on 01722 340364 to book an appointment, or for a free no obligation chat.  Or alternatively email us at For certain therapies you can now also book online.